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...


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

  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?

    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. :)