Catching up on Expat Life

So my last 'expat' post was at my one year mark....and I have totally missed the mark for our 15 months catch up post! Oh well, let's just go from how many days I have lived in England now....which would be 506 days! Wow. That's a little crazy.



We have truly begun to acclimate to the quirks that come along with British life. Like remembering to bag your own groceries at the checkout line (or queue as I now call it). Or knowing which coins to use. I have started to replace my 'American' words with my new British terminology which is going to be pretty comical whenever we move back Stateside! But speaking the different terminology just makes it easier to communicate and it makes me sound a little bit like Lady Mary, so it works. Ha!

I have learned to love the slower pace of life living in Ely. I LOVE this city. And yes, it is a city. Apparently, Ely is the smallest city in Britain. It meets all the criteria that deems a town a 'city in England'. So there is some knowledge for your day :)  But yes, I love it here. I love driving up the A142 and seeing the Cathedral sitting high upon the hill it is stunning. So stunning, I wish I had a picture for you but they just don't do it justice. Sigh. I love the slowness of it, I love the community, I love the architecture. I love it all.

We are dreading the day when we have to move back to the GMO 'land of the free'. The food here is so fresh and real. I love that I can't even find any caged chicken products in more store.....everything is free range. I love seeing the cattle and pigs living in excellent conditions. Makes me feel better to know that my food lived a good life. I am going to miss this food. I am going to miss the CHEEEESSSE. Makes me sad. And I am a terrible gardener, so I guess I am going to have to find a farmer friend wherever we live next!

And it will soon be Spring again here and again, my heart will melt when the rapeseed fields start to bloom. Do you remember this post from last year? Omg. It was just too gorgeous. And we are now in that sweet little time between winter and spring in England where the days are slowly getting brighter and we know that perfectly mild British summer is on the way.

Post from last Spring
Once again, I have moved to a new place and made incredible friends. This is where our 'travel' life starts to be a little bit of a hard thing. It is so hard to leave good friends....but it is starting to become just a part of our normal life. I am seriously dreading the day....Van may have to drag me away from England. But enough about the sad stuff.

Which brings me to what's coming next. What the future looks like for us....

It is looking like we will most likely be moving Stateside in about 6 months. We aren't sure exactly where just yet, but we have two great options and whichever one we go to, we have plenty of friends and family nearby! Which is exciting. And there is a possibility that one of the locations will be a permanent move for us. Which is also exciting and also a little bit terrifying. We haven't been 'settled' for a long time. It boggles my mind to live in the same house for 5 years or so. But, all of life is a challenge and a learning experience and I am up for whatever happens!

And in other news, we just returned from Prague, again. And we are still just in love with the city as we were last time! So more on that to come!!



So I guess you could say we are fully settled into our expat life! We are going to try and soak up these last few months and experience what we can. And thinking about leaving makes me all the more grateful that I have this blog. It will be such a fantastic way to relive all of these memories that we have made! 

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40 comments

  1. Glad to hear you guys have really settled in! I think having an end date to a journey definitely makes you appreciate it more and take advantage of all the awesome travel opportunities along the way! Can't wait to hear more about your trip back to Prague!

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  2. Awe... I can totally see how someone would love living in England! I went to visit my friend who lives in Morpeth and I told her I could totally live there! What's funny is that she lives in Morpeth cause her husband is a UK citizen and she is always saying how she wished they could move back to the States and I'm like why? ha! Looks like you guys have some fun trips coming up! Can't wait to read about them and find out where you guys wind up Stateside!

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  3. Living in England is amazng but I can see how someone might want to move back...you just get homesick sometimes! Plus I had a termination date here, so the annoyances seem so small :) Ugh I wish I could just stay forever!!

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  4. I don't think I'll ever get used to bagging my own groceries ;) But it sounds like you are enjoying expat life to the fullest, and I hope you take advantage of every moment these next 6 months! Going back to the States will undoubtedly tug on your heart, but rest assured that Europe will always be here waiting for your return :)

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  5. What a great post series on expat life! It's not always perfect, but it's such an incredible experience, isn't it? Sometimes I feel like I'm ready to return "home", but then I feel like the definition of home has changed soo much and that we'd probably get itchy feet and want to get back into expat life again anyway - double edged sword! Ill tell you what - I do miss having a garbage disposal!! ;)

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  6. I feel you! I'm starting to process moving back to the US in 3-4 months or so, and it is so painful! Even though it is completely my decision, it is going to be so sad to leave. But I echo your sentiments - savor these last few months and live them to the fullest!

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  7. I'm sure your next adventure Stateside will be exciting! x

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  8. Wow, I can't wait to hear where you all will be heading. Best of luck as you begin your transition and congrats on day 506 and beyond!

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  9. Wow, exciting times! Any chance you're gonna tell us what two US cities?

    Ely sounds like a foodie's paradise.

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  10. Aw what bittersweet news. My parents are in the same boat (moving back to houston from England this summer) and she keeps making lists of things she wants to do before they leave. It will be sad to leave Expat life but so nice to be near family!

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  11. I will when we know a little more...but one is near you. Don't tell!! ;)

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  12. Yes it will always still be there, I guess I am just going to have to always be on the lookout for some cheap airfare back!

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  13. Definitely not perfect! I love reading my first expat posts and remembering how far I've come! And it is weird how 'home' changes so! My husband and I have always travelled due to his job but England is obviously the furthest away we have been. But ah well, maybe there is a future eventually for us in europe, who knows! And yes, a garbage disposal is going to rock...that and Target!!

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  14. Oh no! You're leaving too?! Bleh, it's such a bittersweet feeling, although I'm really in the bitter part right now haha! Well, I hope everything falls into place for you seeing that you are leaving fairly soon!

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  15. We will see! There definitely will be an adjustment period but I'm sure it will all work out :)

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  16. More on that as soon as we know more details :) Thanks!!

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  17. The list is HUGE haha and I'm sure your mom's is as well! But then there is the yucky reality...like, we need to buy two cars and a house upon returning. Sooo travel a lot, or save all we can for the big purchases...it's a struggle!! My heart is torn ugh.

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  18. aaaaaaaaaaaaamd now I'm sad. But new adventures on the horizon :)

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  19. Wow- things are really happening right now in your life... changes ahead this year! I know what you mean of the "land of GMO's", ughhh. It's been nice not having to look as closely at labels because I know the practices for meat and food that are common in the USA would never fly in the EU! And high fructose corn syrup, wah wah.
    Hooray for spring! I love the rapeseed fields too... I think that was the first post I read on your blog! Looking forward to seeing what comes next for you two.

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  20. This is such a lovely perspective about life in the UK. You make me appreciate my homeland a lot more!

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  21. You and me both :( Oh well, here's to new adventures!! And trips back to Europe ;)

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  22. I would have liked to experience living in the UK as you guys have done - close enough to London that you can pop over for a weekend, or just a day, but you still get the slower paced lifestyle of living outside of the big city. I think I would fit in well in Ely. :) I will be sad to see you go in 6 months. But it is exciting moving somewhere new, and permanent. I don't think I'm ready for permanent just yet, but I still like to think of the day when we can own a home again and live somewhere long enough to make long-term friendships. I do miss that sometimes!

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  23. Yes, it's getting a little stressful! I am so dreading eating in the states again....I mean I may just stop eating altogether haha. Ok, now I'm getting dramatic :)

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  24. I really have loved living here in the UK, it really has been a life changer for me and I will hold England in my heart forever :)

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  25. Yes, you would love Ely! It has been the perfect host for us :) I am starting to have some anxiety over the possibility of staying in one place....buying a house, getting back to normal life. Ever since I've been married, we have always moved....it's a little strange to imagine it any other way!

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  26. I cannot believe that you've lived in England for over 500 days! I remember when I was there for my study abroad session that remembering to bag my groceries was really hard--I would always stand there in the queue like an idiot until the cashier started staring at me. Oops! :) I'm really excited to see where you land in the next few months--wherever you go, I'm sure it will be an adventure!

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  27. Good luck on the next part of your journey! Moving back home is always a different adventure and I can't wait to hear about it. I love settling in little towns like these and the fresh food is EXACTLY what I miss about my little study abroad town!

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  28. I hear you! I'm in the bitter stages too, and feeling sadness about leaving my life in Paris - especially my friends here. My hubby's idea is that it will be easier if we always have a return ticket back. So instead of buying a one-way ticket home, we'll likely have a return date to make a little trip back later in the year :-)

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  29. I know...I was surprised when I added up the days! I would gladly continue to bag my groceries if it meant I could stay!! Oh well...here's to the next adventure!

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  30. The food here in my town is just amazing....and not just here. I will Greece and France and Italy ugh...the food in the US just doesn't compare!!

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  31. And the imitations are always so grossly unhealthy that you can't really enjoy it anyways haha

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  32. I can't wait for all the flowers to start blooming for spring. England in the spring is the best!

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  33. Aw sounds like you have indeed really settled and gotten used to all these little quirks of British life! I've been here a few months (for the second time) and it's been really hard this time around. So it's good to see these messages full of positivism! And excited to read about your next move!

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  34. Leaving will always be the hardest part of traveling; leaving all the friends you've had in that place and the food you've loved and all that daily activities you've adored, and that photo of yours in the rapeseed field is just so gorgeous.

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  35. Oh it's just amazing isn't it? I'm already spotting a few flowers sprouting up..yay!!

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  36. It definitely took me a solid 6 months to feel 'normal' living here, and after that things got easier so quickly!! I love it here and am soooooo dreading leaving :(

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  37. England tops the list for places that I have lived so it will definitely be hard, but new chapters must begin right? I will just always cherish these moments!!

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  38. It's clear you've gotten a LOT out of your time abroad (and what beautiful photos you'll have to remember it all!!), but I'm sure you'll enjoy being near family and friends again just as much :)

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