Not necessarily due to my own poor social skills, although let's face it, that's always an option if one says as many stupid things as expateek does.
No, it's true because expats are constantly being relocated. They're off to the next posting, boxes packed, container shipped. The risk in making friends with only expats is that one can have the very unlucky experience of almost all one's friends moving away in the same week.
And it's not like I tried to have only expat friends. It's just that it takes a while to meet locals, especially since Polish is so flippin' bardzo trudno. (Really difficult. Of course.)
Anyway. Almost all one's friends moving away in the same week? That would be this week, for expateek. Of our tight little cadre of six couples, two couples are moving away this very weekend, and another pair most likely in the next month or so. We're suddenly down by half.
The global economic catastrophe is real, and corporations world-wide are trying to curtail expatriate expenses. It's good news for all the people who resent the intrusion of witless, non-Polish-speaking foreign expats, but really bad news because it's an early signifier of no confidence in the near-term economic future.
Meanwhile, quite a few of us expat wives are bracing for more bad news to come.
We're brewing up Tear Water Tea and saving packing boxes.