Monday, January 14, 2013

Through The Eyes of Others

I think I've mentioned a few of the observations (drivers, portions, etc) Simon has made past few months in the US.

His latest observation-well, flat out surprise, is over the H&R Block TV Adverts that are now playing in full rotation in prime-time.  As someone who has only ever lived in a country where the concept of actively completing a return is reserved only for those who have the most complicated of taxes, it is blowing his mind that everyone-including the most average of households are expected to submit a paper return to the IRS. Hee..

On the flip side of the coin, I've an acquaintance who just landed in London a few days ago for an expat assignment, and I have just seen some of her first Facebook posts about her experiences.  It's bringing back a flood of memories for me, and I can't help but feel a little envious of her new & exciting experience.  

London-life is especially fresh on my mind as I'll be heading there in a few weeks for work-and I'm so
excited (oh, the irony...)-and also a little sad to know that my experience will be temporary (oh, the irony).  I couldn't be happier in Seattle, but I have pangs for London every now and then.

I guess that is what the norm is for me now...

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  1. Hi Kristina, So where did you end up finding a job in Seattle? Glad it worked out!

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  2. I'm an American Ex-pat living on the south coast of England now, married to a brit. I miss Seattle, and well, just so many things "American". I'm not sure how easy you found it to get by here. I keep getting surprised at some of the differences. I think about going back to America sometimes but know, I'll have the same pangs you're having now. Such a complicated mess it can all be isn't it?

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    1. Hi Symbiotic,

      Damned if you do, damned if you don't. That's pretty much what life will be like after choosing to become an expat-and certainly marry a non-American. I wouldn't trade my experiences for the world, it just is what it is. :)

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