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    This site is a (somewhat) faithful chronicle of the (often) stupid and (sometimes) funny things I've done and seen since moving from the U.S. to France in September 2003.

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21 July 2005

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marie b.

that's how it is for me, having left ireland to move to the u.s.

it all seems so distant and foreign now, even though i lived there until a couple months ago.

marie b.

also?

i took a look at your Dublin photos and . . wow. they made me really emotional. i guess i miss dublin more than i thought.

/T/

We expats are all alike.. I am living for 5 years in California now and came originally from Holland. I know I still have mixed thoughts about both the place where I live and the country that I left. The grass is always greener they say.. well when I lived in Holland I liked yellow grass, reminded me of vacation in foreign countries.. now I miss those greeen dutch grass fields more and more :)
P.S. I love your photos, would you like to feature some front door photos on my http://frontdoors.blogspot.com blog? If so send me an email to the address you can find on that site.

Joseph (The Traveler's Advocate)

I'm jealous. If I were not tied down to life (getting married soon and finishing up school) I'd consider the expate life. I doubt the soon-to-be-wife would go along with that though. It's been a hard sell getting her to support travel writing I think but that's ok. I am happier with her than ever before. Still, I love travel and plan to experience it a lot more in future. I can understand your experience of America seeming strange. Ever since the first time I left and came back, everything has seemed strange. I am more critical now after seeing everything from a foreign point of view. I think it makes us better Americans to travel and see other ways of thinking. Any how, nice site. I'll definitely drop by from time to time. Cheers!

modtastic

I can so empathize with this. I lived in Ireland for about six months, and then in Amsterdam for a few years. It was exhausting. I'm amazed when people relocate for good- it just seems tot ake such a long time to get comfortable.

You describe the sensation well.

/T/

By the way.. there is a expat blog directory for blogs from all kind of people living abroad.. http://www.expat-blog.com/ it's pretty interesting to read stories from people with similar experiences.
/T/

venitha

I, too, regularly wonder how expats survived this before the internet. Every time I get down about how hard it all is and how much I miss everyone back home (I'm from Colorado and now in Singapore), I think about those amazingly brave - and surely desperate - pioneers who struck out for a new world, knowing they'd likely never see family and friends and familiar places again. In comparison, we've got it soooo easy.

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