AIS/AES Alumni Newsletter


June 6, 2007

Daniela Avitabile Class of 1977

Hi. I got this clipping from a website my daughter Emilia is signed up on (on Facebook). Although it's repetitious in parts, I thought it was great!! It really brings back a lot of things, and AES is even mentioned. Best wishes, Daniela

You know you went to an International school when...

1) You can't answer the question: "Where are you from?"
2) You speak two (or more) languages but can't spell in any of them.
3) You flew before you could walk.
4) You have a passport, but no driver's license.
5) You run into someone you know at every airport.
6) You have a time zone map next to your telephone.
7) Your life story uses the phrase "Then we went to..." five times (or six, or seven times...).
8) You speak with authority on the quality of airline travel.
9) National Geographic (OR THE TRAVEL CHANNEL) makes you homesick.
10) You read the international section before the comics.
11) You live at school, work in the tropics, and go home for vacation.
12) You don't know where home is.
13) You sort your friends by continent.
14) Your second major is in a foreign language you already speak.
15) You realize it really is a small world, after all.
16) You feel that multiple passports would be appropriate.
17) You watch a movie set in a 'foreign country', and you know what the nationals are really saying into the camera. 18) Rain on a tile patio - or a corrugated metal roof - is one of the most wonderful sounds in the world. 19) You haggle with the checkout clerk for a lower price.
20) Your wardrobe can only handle two seasons: wet and dry.
21) Your high school memories include those days that school was canceled due to tear gas, riots, demonstrations, or bomb threats.
22) You get back to the states and serously cannot remember the currency exchange.
23) You think VISA is a document stamped in your passport, and not a plastic card you carry in your wallet.
24) You automatically take off your shoes as soon as you get home.
25) Your dorm room/apartment/living room looks a little like a museum with all the "exotic" things you have around. 26) Half of your phone calls are unintelligible to those around you.
27) You go to Pizza Hut or Wendy's and you wonder why there's no chili sauce.
28) You know the geography of the rest of the world, but you don't know the geography of your own country.
29) You have best friends in 5 different countries.
30) It takes 24 hours to reach home in a plane.
31) You can only call your parents at 8am and 8pm.
32) You never really use a seatbelt.
33) School trips meant going to a different country.
34) Your high school football team had to play against itself.. if it had one.
35) When you were in middle school you could walk into a bar and order a drink without being questioned.
36) You got sick a lot and often had food poisoning.
37) It wasn't unusual to find a lizard or cockroach in your house.
38) You got to go home twice a year ...that's if you're lucky.
39) Home almost felt like a museum.
40) You are a pro packer, or at least have done it many times.
41) Living out of a suitcase, you find, has it pros.
42) You bump into your old teachers all the time.
43) Family photos you sent every year took months to arrive and often were in front of some exotic statue or endangered animal no one has heard of.
44) Your check from your parents takes a month to reach you.
45) Talking to your school office and getting signatures from your parents is a week-long event.
46) When you return to the States you are overwhelmed with the number of choices in a grocery store ( I stood by the chocolate syrup for about 20 min. because there was a whole row).
47) You literally have real friends (not facebook friends) from different schools all over the nation on your friends list.
48) Everyone had a 'staff'; maid, house cleaner, driver and babysitter.
49) Most of the 1st graders have cell phones.
50) You get excited when a relative sends a video tape of regular TV with commercials.. its in ENGLISH!
51) There was only one grocery store.. usually at the embassy that resembled the ones at home.
52) Once you get home you miss your adopted home and visa versa.
53) You are never content in one place, be it city, state or country for long. You're a mover.
54) You never had a job until you reached college.
55) Blackouts are quite common, yet after a while no one seemed to notice and sometimes you would find yourself doing homework to the light of your phone or flashlight.
56) Class reunions.. are not at your old school.. not even close.
57) Police, imported from a different country, guard your school...carrying machine guns.
58) you know everyone else in this group, because he/she went to school with one of your friends.
59) Your passport has more stamps than a post office.
60) When the power cuts out and you sit there wondering when the generator is going to kick on... only then you realize there is no generator.
61) When you carry converters because you actually realize there are different types of outlets.
62) When people give you funny looks because you are a gold or platinum elite member of your airlines.
63) When you constantly feel like you have to catch up with TV programs, actors and other people or songs you are not familiar with.
64) You don't think its strange that you haven't talked to your best friend in a while because you know you will always have a unique bond.
65) You wake up in one country thinking you are in another.
66) You don't feel at home at home anymore.
67) When a friend talks about their dreams of traveling to across the world to a secluded country and you can give them all the best restaurants and places to visit. You're like the traveler guidebook.
68) You don't even bother to change your watch when traveling.
69) You hate subtitles because you know there is someone that can make an accurate translation.. you!
70) When you have little or no contact with he locals but are best friends with people across the globe.
71) When you think everyone else is a foreigner in a county foreign to you.
72) When something unusual happens and it just doesn't seem to phase you as being something unordinary.
73) When you speak many broken languages at once when you are drunk.
74) When your friends take you to an 'ethnic' restaurant as a joke and you can read the menu, order food for them and actually stomach the meal.
75) When you start introducing yourself followed by your country of origin....
76) Your yearbooks are all different; made of fabrics known to that area and have stuff like elephants on them. Its your favorite keepsake.
77) Famous people like Uma Thurman went to your school and you had no idea until you researched (AES).
78)You have to change your passport because it's full... not because it's expired... and this several times during your school years.
79)Paying a cop is not considered a bribe.
80)You've dated people from other countries.
81)You start to keep your experiences overseas to yourself because people look at you as though you are spoiled for having the opportunity to indulge in a new culture... sad.
82)You are afraid to go back to visit your school because you know no one will be there whome you used to know, they all moved.
83)You have the opportunity to intern at your Embassy/High Commission without any qualifications.


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