carteki wrote:Tis an interesting question - and something I've noticed too.
Couple of theories:
1) Extreme mobileness of most people here. Here for 2 years and then gone - a while back I met some "lifers" and they were saying that you really weren't even spoken too unless you'd been here for 5+ years and planned to stay - they weren't going to waste the energy.
2) Life is not so different from home, therefore there is no need to band together to form an enclave to "protect yourselves from the locals" and there is a critical mass of foreigners here that there is no need to befriend every new body on the street.
3) And to the people living in the more local areas - it possibly is a turf thing as in "hey, I'm the foreigner here living amongst the locals - who do you think you are?"
Very interesting. I'm going to go back to bed and ponder the transience thing.
Your 3) reminds me of Little Britain and 'I'm the only gay in the village'