Yep, I’ve decided that after almost 4 years in America I’m going to return/repatriate back to the UK. It’s not a decision I’ve made lightly, in fact it was a harder decision than the one I first made when I decided to start the US visa process and I’ve agonised over it for a long time. But I need to put my happiness and mental health first and I believe going home will increase those massively.
Now before you continue to read this post, I want to put it out there and say that it’s not another one that goes on about how to deal with the C-word, if we should still be travelling while it’s going on, offering advice or any of that. It’s purely to share my experience of being an expat living overseas while the C-word temporarily takes over the world. More so the mental health aspect of things and yes, how I did end up having an emotional breakdown over it.
It has been 2 years since I packed up my life in the UK and moved to America. The blogger in me was hoping that by this time I’d be writing posts like ‘how to cope with homesickness’, ‘5 ways to make new friends when living overseas’ etc etc. But the truth is, I suck at being an expat. In real life, I’m struggling and far from being able to offer anyone advice on how to live overseas because I don’t know how to fix it myself. I guess the most I can offer, is that if you are feeling homesick, you’re not alone.
As an expat living overseas, sometimes all I want more than anything is British comfort food, the food from home that I love and miss! One thing I used to have regularly for dinner was ‘Pukka Pies’ (you can buy them in some Fish and Chip shops too!). Yes America have ‘pot pies’, maybe I’m buying the wrong ones because they are just nasty! Recently, Pouch Pies reached out to me about their meat pie online delivery service! They have flavours of pies inspired from all around the world, BUT most importantly they sell traditional British pies! I love discovering places to get British food in America!
Yes that’s right, not only is Between England & Iowa my travel and lifestyle blog, it is now a book! “Between England and Iowa: A Year In The Life Of An Emigrating Wife” is my story all about the realities of expat life. For a whole year I kept a journal. I wrote down my expat milestones, ALL my thoughts and feelings and documented each time I came across something that sent me into culture shock!
When I moved to the USA, I got a job in an elementary school, partly because I wanted the time off (don’t get me started on the lack of the USA ‘vacation days’) and because I had already had previous experience from working in a special education school in the UK, it seemed like the perfect option! I was recently contacted by a fellow expat who wanted to know what some of the differences are between education in the 2 countries!
11th August marks the day that I moved from the UK to America 1 year ago. What a rollercoaster ride it has been. Just call me a yoyo because I swear I have been up and down more times than a little…and I’m still partly living out of a suitcase…! Here’s a look at my first year living the expat life.