About us

Strangely, it seems that while the world may be smaller, the distance between cultures has remained the same; and most expatriate associations and organisations focus on re-creating here what one can find back home instead of finding ways to truly bridge one culture to another.

If like me you enjoy helping people and discovering new cultures, Expatypus is for you. We believes that connecting cultures should be easy and enjoyable. We aim to help you, whether you are an expatriates world citizens share their experiences, stories and knowledge. More than a ‘forum’, an ‘information centre’ or a ‘wiki’, Expatypus is a community. And we'd love to hear from you.

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Why Expatypus ?

Expatypus is a marriage between the words ‘Expat’ and ‘Platypus’. The ‘Expat’ part is obvious so I will focus on the ‘why’ behind ‘Platypus.’ I’ve always liked the name Platypus – its quirkiness, the way it is spelled...and the more I read about this curious animal, the more I was charmed. Here is an extract from Wikipedia.

The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) is a semi-aquatic mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. The bizarre appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it.

When we decided to launch this website, we started by listing all the usual words associated with expatriates, world citizens and cosmopolitans. None really excited us, until we started imagining what animal an expatriate could be associated to.

The Platypus was a wonderful match. Its perfectly reflects what an expat is. We all begin our travels defined by our culture and social habits but then, expatriation changes us. We meet new cultures, learn a new way of life, and in the end, we end up being a very different person. Our culture still defines us, but we also evolve through our travels. We end up being difficult to put in a box.

Like a Platypus.