Happy New Year! The year ahead is full of change. As I write this, I am undergoing a move back to my home country and will be tackling not only all of the things that go along with a major move, but the mental challenges that go along with repatriation as well.
In my almost five year absence from the States, many changes have occurred. I've never lived in a groupon-ing, mobile phone obsessed United States. Recycling was a normal part of life when I left, but the laws in more recent years have made eco even cooler. In my new city, plastic bags are banned and any store provided paper bag will cost you. When I last lived in the States, blogging wasn't a career option and magazines on tablets were a thing of the future. Color blocking, neon and 'designer nails' hadn't yet hit the fashion scene.
My kids have never attended school in their home country-- they both began their schooling while overseas. My daughter can not figure out why a size small soft drink in her new country looks like the extra large options of her former home countries. My son is amazed at the sheer volume of television channels available ("... and the tv records!").
So, as you're reading this, we've unpacked our surface (aka long term storage) shipment. We're celebrating the arrival of our sea shipment's arrival after it has seen the world's ports and been delayed and bobbing on the oceans for over two months before arriving in our home. We're (still) converting our house from a rental to a family home (I have too many plumbing, furnace, paint selecting, roof inspection, property management relationship stories for only a month into a new year!), rediscovering our 'new' home city of Seattle, and taking on the many tasks involved in such a move.
While my real life location has changed again, my internet address has not. I plan to be here at anewbohemia.com as the next chapter of my life unfolds and welcome the opportunity to chat with you along the way.