Deby Novitz is a Californian living in Buenos Aires for the three years last past. In TangoSpam: La Vida Con Deby, she writes about the differences between foreigners living in Bs As and the Porteños in body language and manner of greeting. We play the same game of Spot the Gringo here, and I imagine that expats do the world over.
Since moving here full-time a decade ago, those who knew me pre-Mexico say that my American accent has changed, identifying it as Valley. Even though I left Southern California right after high school, a time when “gag me with a spoon” hadn’t been coined and Moon Unit Zappa was still in diapers, that’s where I learned to speak English. There are some things we just can’t changed, no matter where we’re transplanted.