Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Expat Life: Confession time

I was thinking about expat misconceptions or more right misunderstandings, and I thought I would take the time to share one of my funnier expat stories.

Quite new to Oman and one of the first times I was driving alone at night, I thought I got flashed by a speed camera. I was sure I was under the speed limit, but at the same time there wasn't another car nearby, and I was sure the light flashed. I drove home close to tears and found my husband at home, fell to the floor and blubbering I told him: "I (sniff) think (sniff) I (sniff) got (sniff) flashed..."

"...I don't want to go to prison!"

I was half expecting the ROP to show up at my door any minute and take me away. And then the sobbing began,

After calming me down, my husband assured me that you don't get thrown into prison for speeding, there wouldn't be enough room in the prisons, you just get a fine.

I don't know where I got that idea from, presumably I just assumed running a red light and speeding were in the same category.

I feel a bit silly thinking about it now.

So over to you, what misunderstanding about the rules or customs did you have when you got to Oman or wherever you are living as an expat?

Don't leave me hanging here....