1. Hooking up with every other expat.
There are some people who call it collecting flags, or seeing how many different countries you can hook up with. It was pretty exciting, as a college student, to find myself in a dorm full of attractive people from all over the world. I’d come from small-town America, where everyone was very American, white, and uncultured. Meeting boys who dressed well and had sensual accents was thrilling and I had a great time getting to know many of them. This practice continued for…probably too long.
By the time I moved to Spain, I no longer fell in love with every new accent I heard and I didn’t feel interested in someone just because they came from another culture. I was able to see that many of these guys were douchebags hiding under a hot accent and a stylish scarf. This was a sad, but necessary revelation.