O is for One in a Million expat partner in the a to z of expat life on a map of Japan and Okinawa

The One in a Million Expat Partner

It takes a special person to follow their partner to the armpit, ars*ehole or ends of the earth. A very special person indeed. One in a million in fact.

A Certified One in A Million Expat

One of my favourite expat quotes ever, in fact my actual favourite quote, was coined by a certified One in A Million Expat.

It happened when a British couple moved to the small island of Okinawa, Japan. They were serial expats and already accustomed to the challenges of global nomadery.

At the time (aside from a formidable US presence on military airbases, which was a self contained community with their own on-base shops and cinemas and social life), the sum total of the expat population was around 10 people and most of them had Japanese spouses and were there on a fairly permanent basis.

It’s almost certain that the British couple were the only non-military expat couple on the island.  Okinawa’s population at the time was around the 1 million mark and thus quipped the wife to the husband whose job had taken them to this tiny isolated dot in the Pacific Ocean:

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Happy Expat Wife, Happy Expat Life – 5 Happy Expat Strategies

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Happy Expat Wife, Happy Expat Life

See how I adapted a well-known adage by throwing the word ‘expat’ in there? I would even go as far as to say that it’s MORE true that the original Happy Wife, Happy Life saying.

Let me explain:

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Hot Metal: Starting Jewellery School

How does an expat wife fill her time with a ‘not permitted to work’ clause attached to their visa?  One way is to pick a shiny new hobby that you wouldn’t have the time or opportunity to take up in your home country.  It gets you out of the house, you meet new people and adds much needed structure to your week. My shiny new hobby is making jewellery, (made with blow torches and silver, rather than fish wire and beads).

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