|How else to kick off celebrating 4th July?|
A far cry from drizzly England! SB, CA.
Replace 'Lands' with 'Countries' and that's roughly how it feels to leave a place where you've created a home and plonk yourself back in the throes of a life you once recognised. A friend recently described it as 'confusion/sadness/excitement/boredom/exhaustion' - a perfect summary! Made weirder by interesting quirks such as my new phone refreshing as if it were the day I left for the USA - talk about a time warp! People prepare you for the culture shock of moving abroad - now that I'm a few days in, they somewhat omit to mention the culture shock of moving back... Plus, shockingly, it's administratively rather complicated moving countries (and jobs) - surprising, huh?! Super grateful for the diverse selection of friends, close and often not-so-close, who have been in touch and made me feel less of a freak by relating their emotions, often hilarious, from when they moved back after an extended stay overseas. People are great :)
|Julia Pfeiffer point, Big Sur, CA|
|Morro Bay, CA. More of this next year!|
Right. I'm off to adjust to this crazy country I'm meant to call 'home' and continue to 'sort my life out'. One thing is for sure; apart from one SWIMS exception, I am refusing to say goodbye to ANYONE ELSE for a very long time!