Well, I'm sitting here today on this rainy British Sunday, coffee cup in hand, reminiscing on the past 18 months. Wow. I can't believe it's been 18 months! Oh England, you've stolen my heart. I had to take a look back at my previous expat posts (again), and reread the struggles I was facing having just moved across the pond. While some days were hard at first, I knew I would get through them with time. But what I didn't realize was how much I would change in the process.
Living in England has changed Van and I in many ways. Knowing that our move back home is on the horizon, its hard for us to imagine returning to normal American life. Our daily habits and routines have been shaped into a more European way of living and I know we will once again have to readjust to a new way of life with the next move. But, living here has opened our eyes to so many things and I know we will hold onto these new views wherever we live.
England. Ah, what do I love about it now. I love walking everywhere. I love the changing of the seasons (although, Spring....you need to get it together and decide if you are here or not). I love the countryside. I love the colors. I love my friends. I love the healthier lifestyle. I love that life is a little slower here. I now know which brands to buy and I have my favorites now (trust me....I struggled with this in the beginning!)
I love being able to chose from a dozen countries to travel to at a moments notice. I love the history. I love the stories. I love the culture.
Yes, there are things that are a little bothersome and things that I am still getting used to but those things are so small in comparison to my loves in England. And I remember feeling so awkward at first because of my accent, but now, I've completely forgotten my differences. I feel comfortable.
With just a few months left here in England, I'm going to soak up as much as I can. And while we may not be going out with a huge travel bang, I feel nothing but blessed to have been given this opportunity. To add a special chapter to my life.
If you ever have the opportunity...take it!