18 Months in England


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!


26 comments

  1. Things I miss: cafe culture, not having to drive, the rain (yes I miss the rain), everything being so close together. Lol. You'll miss it but you realize after moving back you're a different person and there are so many places to explore in the US too!

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  2. I am going to be so pissed when I have to drive all the way across town to go from store to store lol. I know I will hold on to my new ways once we move but I will miss it so much. But now I want to travel a lot back in the States!!

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  3. I'm going to try and live it up! It's been so amazing.....every one should step out of their comfort zone and move to a different country!

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  4. Yes it does changes in many ways, but normally we only notice them past 1 year later. Only on my 1st year I started to feel at home. I can imagine how it must be different for you, because even for me being European already I felt quite a lot, especially the lack of sunshine! I love the countryside, the little villages, the pubs, the tea houses. I would miss it all if I would ever leave

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  5. Living abroad does change a person, it has also changed us, good luck with the move, and enjoy these last few months!! :)

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  6. Yes!! (Though it's always bittersweet when a new chapter begins isn't it?)

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  7. "although, Spring....you need to get it together and decide if you are here or not" YES. Mother Nature doesn't seem set on a season here just yet :/ It's great that you've had this experience and gotten so much out of it. I hope everything with the move back home goes well!

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  8. Its amazing how much you change living abroad, we just reached the 6 month milestone, can't even imagine after 18! Hope the last few months treat you just as well :)

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  9. Wow! I can't believe it's been so long. I love the more active lifestyle of living abroad too. In the US, you get into a car just to drive to the store down the block, and abroad, I'll walk 30 min in the heat. And being able to travel to so many countries in the fly is definitely the best perk! Enjoy the rest of your time!

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  10. I'm with you on loving the more active lifestyle too. I used to walk everywhere when I lived abroad, but now I rely on our car. Definitely feel less healthy! And wow, 18 months - pretty crazy how time flies!

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  11. I haven't had a car the whole time and I know I am going to miss walking....guess I will just be the weird person, parking at the back of the parking lots haha:)

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  12. I am so going to miss walking into town and having everything right there! It will be a change for sure!

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  13. I think 6 months was the biggest milestone for me....I finally felt like I had the hang of living in a new country (well a little bit anyways)! It definitely gets better from the 6th month!!!

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  14. Ugh, Im so ready for more stable temperatures! Im ready to put up my heavy clothing!! Hopefully, we will get some warmer weather soon....and be able to enjoy it before we leave :)

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  15. Yes, it is....and we are looking forward to it in some ways. But I will miss england so so much!

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  16. I am going to miss the little village life so much. I need to write a blog post on my little village....it's just too cute!

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  17. Oh girl...I am going to cry my eyes out!!! But, I have to just remember to appreciate it and who knows....we could be back one day! That would be amazing if Jimmy got a job overseas! When Van was in the military we were supposed to go to Germany and it ended up getting cancelled and we were so sad....we never thought we would have the chance again, but here we are! Maybe it will happen to you too!!

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  18. I just had to go stalk you for a minute to see what your hubs does after I saw 'contract' haha! Van is in aviation as well!! Have we talked about this before?? LOL!!

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  19. Haha, no we haven't! Jimmy was in the Navy as an air traffic controller and now is one in the civilian world. The job was a contract job at the Air Force base in Ramstein! Fingers crossed that another opening comes up. What does Van do? If you say ATC... lol

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  20. Oh sweet! Van is a field engineer for the c130js....but still!! It's cool they are in the same field! There is so much opportunity to move abroad!

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  21. How lucky you are to have such an amazing and life changing experience!

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  22. It's been amazing...and I will always cherish it!

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  23. It's very cool! Hoping another opportunity comes up... until then, we'll keep vacationing over there! :)

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  24. How lovely!! xx I'm sorry to hear your time in England is coming to an end, but I hope that it's changed you in ways that will always stick, and I'm crossing my fingers that your last few months of adventures are as epic as can be xx

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