I have lived abroad for 1099 days. That is three years and a couple of days. I arrived in Stockholm on June 5th, 2007. That means I just passed my three year anniversary of living abroad the other day. It felt good. I think.
I think, because my time in Sweden is coming to an end. I will be moving back to the US on June 30th, 2010. I’ve quit my job. I’ve been travelling. I’ve been taking full advantage of all that Sweden and Europe has to offer in these closing weeks. And it feels good. I think.
I think, because I’ve been here for three years and I have a good life here. Good friends. Good job. Good everything. But I think because it is time to go home. Staying longer I run the risk of settling here. As much as I enjoy Sweden, I am American. I don’t want to settle here. And I tend to be a grass is always greener on the other side. It just happens that this time the other side is across the Atlantic.
The US is home. Even if in the last three years I have spent less than 10 weeks in the United States. Even if I am moving to a state I have never been to. To a city I have never been to. To a place where I don’t know a soul. I suppose home is relative.
The blog will continue until I leave. It will continue again in the US. I’m not sure exactly how. Or why. But the closer I get to my date of departure, the more worried I am about the culture shock I will encounter in the US. I have grown accustomed to my life here. There are plenty of things I don’t like about Sweden, but plenty of things I do. There are plenty of things I don’t like about the US, but plenty of things I do.
I’ll probably bitch and moan about the US like I’ve done about Sweden. Because that is just kind of what I do. I’ll probably still end up stabbing myself in the neck with toothpicks while I sleep or electrocute myself in the bathroom. Because that is just kind of what I do.
I am excited about what is coming. I’m nervous as it gets closer. I am excited about what I am moving to. I’m nervous about what I am moving from. It’s time though. Time to go home.
Welcome to Sweden. And my last few weeks.
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