I’m Wendy Kamdin, the author of this blog – Yo soy perdido (Spanish for “I am lost.”) Though, since I am a woman, perhaps it should read “Yo soy perdida.”
Here I am…looking for a home (again) – been in one country for too long now. It feels like it’s time for a new life – my third life as it’s called in the Spanish speaking world. Or a second innings, to use a term from Cricket.
This being my first ever blog, it’s bound to be a bit of a mess at first, especially since I don’t like reading instructions. I much prefer to spread the parts out on the floor in front of me and then see what fits where, and how. So, patience please. It will take me some time to put this together.
In a nutshell, or, shall we say – the bottom line: official Social Security retirement age looms and I find to my horror that I won’t be able to live a decent life on what it will provide, if I choose to continue to live in the USA.
So – the quest for another homeland – Panama has been on my mind a lot lately, and serendipity is playing its part.
I’ve lived in India, Germany, the USA (born in Brooklyn NY of a father who was first generation born in the US of Ukranian parents, and a mother who was from India, but not Indian – think East India Company and the British Empire).
And thus the search, and research begins…first, I must learn Spanish. You see, I have no intention of moving to a country and encapsulating myself within an exclusively expat community.
Speaking just one language is never enough – it’ll get you by, but it limits your experience of the world, of other cultures, of other ways of thinking, feeling, doing, seeing…
“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.”
And from one of my favorite philosophers, Ludwig Wittgenstein, two more observations on the advantages of learning languages worth quoting:
– “The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”
– “If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat different world.”