On the one hand, it's so easy being an expatriate because I don't need to have an opinion about politics: I can't properly keep up with what's going on in the States, and the Swedish system is impenetrable. Without the requisite nuances, I can't make a proper decision, so I just sort of slide by without choosing sides.
On the other hand, it's awful as an expatriate to have to constantly explain to dismayed Swedes the actions of the American government.
No matter what the leaders of the various governments of Europe say or do, the fact is that the European people, by and large, are wondering what the hell George W. Bush thinks he is doing and why there is no opposition from the American public.
The Swedish word for the day is skeptisk. It means, of course, skeptical.
- by Francis S.