- I really, REALLY miss walking to do my daily errands. At one point right after our move to Germany I would have given anything to just drive to do my errands but after 3.5 years I got used to the built-in daily exercise.
- On the same note I miss my 5th floor walk-up. I don’t miss the actual act of being breathless every time I got to my front door but my body misses the built-in exercise. The difference in scaling 5 flights of stairs several times a day vs 1 flight of stairs is also very apparent on the scale right now.
- I miss being able to go out to eat and not accidentally consuming 5,000 calories. Ok, maybe this is a little bit of an exaggeration, but really. Food is SO good here but also many times SO bad for you and a lot of times you have no idea how many calories you are consuming. All States needs to get on board with California’s law of printing nutrition info on restaurant menus.
- I LOVE how quickly I can do laundry. In Germany loads of laundry not only took 1 hour or more to complete but I also couldn’t run my washer and dryer at the same time which made laundry quite the chore. It would take me an entire day to do 4 loads of laundry. In the US I can run the washer and dryer simultaneously and complete all of our laundry in 3 hours.
- I forgot how hot summer is in Atlanta. And unfortunately it’s not really showing signs of cooling down anytime soon.
- On the same note I forgot how amazing air conditioning and ceiling fans are.
- I still can’t get over the convenience factor of life in the US. Stores are open LATE and on SUNDAYS! God Bless America!
- I am loving my job so far! That being said this is the most difficult transition of getting used to life back in the US for me. Getting used to a work schedule is hard, especially when it comes to beauty sleep! I was so used to getting 8+ hours of sleep every night that getting up early is quite difficult and I also find it hard to get everything done. When I wasn’t working I would often get asked "WHAT DO YOU DOOOO ALL DAY??" Well…. I checked things off my to do list and not only got them done but I also got to pursue new things and take up new hobbies. I am loving what I’m doing but it’s also difficult to get everything done on your to-do list, relax, and spend time with your husband and friends in the few hours you have when you get done with work for the day.
- I still can’t get over how quickly our 3.5 years in Germany went and how fast the time has gone since we have been back. We have already been back in Atlanta for 2.5 months!
I’ve been doing a pretty horrible job of keeping you updated on our transition into life back in Atlanta, sorry for that!
Today marks exactly 2 months since we moved in to our place in Atlanta. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone! We are feeling very settled at this point. Our apartment feels like home and we have reconnected with most of our friends in Atlanta. I’m so grateful that we moved back to a city where we already have an amazing network of friends. Having such great friends here has made the transition a lot easier than I thought it might be.
Since our trip to San Francisco we have spent most of our time in Atlanta but we have gotten to take a couple of long weekend trips as well. We went to Hilton Head at the end of July with a group of 4 couples and had a great time. It was my first time there and a nice relaxing weekend with friends.
Over Labor Day weekend we headed to Washington DC for my Uncle’s wedding. It was so great to see and catch up with family that we haven’t seen in an embarrassingly long period of time. The wedding was a beautiful, intimate affair with family and close friends in their backyard - complete with a catered BBQ and yard games. A relaxing and fun event for the couple and their guests! We also had the chance to go in to the district to meet up with a close Purdue friend one of the nights to make our trip complete.
And probably the most exciting news of all is that I got a job!! I’ve been in the process of job searching since well before we left Germany and found a company that provides services for expats to ease their transition such as intercultural education and spousal assistance. I am going to be coordinating the services my new company provides for expats and their families by communicating with the corporate clients (expat employers), family clients (families moving abroad) and the subject matter experts providing the training. I am so excited that I not only found a job fairly quickly after being unemployed for the last 3.5 years, but also that I found a position that I am passionate about and is so fitting for my experience abroad. Tomorrow is my first day and I’m already looking forward to the start of my true transition back in to life in the US.
Overall the reverse culture shock is not as bad as I anticipated. We are really enjoying being home and especially closer to family and friends again. Although there are definitely things I miss about our life in Germany I am very content with my life right now and feel like I am exactly where I need to be.
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