Well, more like 22 1/2 months eek! and possibly my last 'expaty catch up' post. It's easy to say that I have become quite comfortable with my life in England at this point. I love my town of Ely and I don't even notice that I'm American anymore (hehehe). But I thought it would be fun to take nostalgic look back at my 'Expat Checkup' from 3 months in. At three months an expat I was feeling a little bit lonely, I felt like I stuck out like a sore thumb and I was really having a hard time adjusting to life without a job. I was trying to keep a happy face but inside I was feeling like I might never feel comfortable in my new surroundings. In my 3 Month post, I made a list of my misses which were;
- Real Ranch
- Driving my pretty car (driving in general)
- Free water at restaurants
- My job (or a job)
- US Metric system
- The Sun
Quite a list right? And it almost seems silly to me now! Most of these have flown by the wayside except of course, missing our friends and family. But I've learned to love the British weather and I actually am dreading heading back to the scorching heat in the US. I've learned to accept the fact that I will forever be converting some sort of measurement or price in my head. And honestly, I don't think I'll ever eat Ranch again anyway!! Oh, and now I have totally embraced not having a job....sleeping in is quite lovely. (However, my day is coming soon haha!!)
heading out for dinner with a jacket....in August!
But more than that, I've found a home here in England and I'm sad to leave it. I'm friends with my grocery delivery men. I have a great group of girlfriends. I have a routine. I love my town and its quirks.I was even discussing with my hair stylist the other day that I forget I even have an accent! It's almost like a little bubble. Date nights are always fun, Van and I find lots of things to get into, and we never seem to be bored!
I guess what I am trying to get at is that I never imagined that I would feel completely at home as an expat. I feel like moving to England, an English speaking country, was one of the easier countries to move to but it still wasn't all roses at the beginning. At almost 2 years in, I have grown so attached to my surroundings. This is a place where I could see myself forever. I don't think I would ever become bored living here, with so many magical places just a short drive or flight away.
This is an experience that I will be forever grateful for. Living life as an expat, even just for a short while, has taught me so many things. I've learned a lot about the world and a lot about myself.
Blessed is an understatement.
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