Expat to Repat: Challenges and Wot Not

Four weeks in on the repatriation in the UK, folks.

How’s that working for us?

Happy Britain!

Happy Britain!

So…..in no particular order

  1. I think I am addicted to Radio 2. I love it and all its British charm and eclectic music offerings. I tried listening to it in the States on odd occasions, but it just seem misplaced during my time out there. I’m back in the Radio 2 groove along with every other bugger!.
  2. The 4 week bit of the repatriation curve is hard. Week 1 is like – ‘ooer, what’s going on here then?’ Week 2 is pretty much spent going ‘oh this is same but different and so much has changed but that’s still the same’; week 3 is mostly spent thinking ‘normality is setting in but I still feel like I’m a bit different and not fully settled……and what the hell is that car doing?! – Oh, Lordy, it’s me supposed to be driving on the left – yikes!’; and week 4 is like ‘oh boy, I miss stuff about Americaland a lot.’ What else is to come?
  3. Harry does not know what a pantomime is, and I almost replied it was the British government, but obviously I stopped imposing my own political views on him. 😉 He now is aware of what a pantomime is, but I am sure it will be fascinating watching him watch one.
  4. The drinks holders in British cars are tiny because they don’t want you to drink water or whatever in your car ever, cos it’s illegal or something. Fact: my USA water bottle does not fit in my British hole. Fancy that.
  5. Car parking spaces here are flipping tiny.
  6. Paying for parking everywhere is pain in the arse.
  7. It is now Autumn. and it is cold.
  8. Harry does not know what a Mars Bar is. British childhood confectionary treat, that’s what son!
  9. Rugby is where it’s at for the kiddos here. And Harry, being the expat-repat kid, turns up wearing a Pittsburg Steelers kit, cos that’s how he rocks.
  10. People in Tesco wear their pajamas on a Sunday. Much like Walmart, I gather;)
This is going to happen to me....

This.

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5 thoughts on “Expat to Repat: Challenges and Wot Not

  1. The biggest reason I may not want to return to the UK is because you have to become a contortionist just to enter or exit your car in a car park. This may not be such a problem if you have no back issues but if you do its a pain each and every time, with the risk of slipping a disc again. Not something I want to repeat. Hmmm, I wonder if the answer for folk not having so many days off work due to a bad back, or the millions spent on the NHS would be larger parking spaces……just a thought!

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  2. hi. Spent 3 years in Canada & 4 in the USA. Having been back in the UK for over a year now, I still compare things and moan and groan about what I miss. I think once you live overseas, you become a different kind of person. Perhaps this is true for people that travel a lot as well. I find it hard to fit back in comfortably like I felt before I left.

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  3. I am new to your blog and I have just spent several moments reading and catching up with your return to England blog posts. Oh my goodness you have made me laugh out loud several times.

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