What a whirlwind of a week! In less than three hours I will be leaving Amiens, and in a little over that I will be leaving France. If it all hadn’t happened so quickly, I’d have thought I was still dreaming! Done with the French Masters, done with the English language school, the private tutoring, les Tombés de la Charrette (although I’ll still be an “honorary” member), the speaking French to buy groceries, the headaches and bureaucratic nightmares, the laid back rhythm of life. For a good bit of time, I’ll go without seeing good friends and loved ones, and in many ways, my life as an Expat will be temporarily on hold.
I’ll soon be going through the shock of repatriation, and moving halfway across the country in the span of a few weeks, beginning full-time employment in a city I have never seen… in some ways you could say I am expatriating to New England and to suburban Connecticut, a land I had only known from its obnoxious spelling. I have to find a used car and face a good number of months alone in a furniture-less apartment. But believe me, I’m ecstatic about the prospect of a new adventure!
Leaving Hedi behind for a few months, on the other hand, is not at all appealing. Back to the reality of long distance phone calls, Skype dates, and marathon emails. This time, we know (more or less) what the future will have in store for us, and the total duration should be much less than the last time. For those of you who have ever had to go through the process of filing for a visa (K-1 Fiancé visa in our case), I sympathize with your ordeal!
It hasn’t all been good-byes this week, even with the four-something going away parties I had attended scattered throughout the week. I also got to know my future belle mère (such a lovely French term), to pick up a few more Arabic words and sample some delectable cooking. Every week is a learning experience, every day is a hello to something new. When you are used to packing up and moving somewhere else, the important thing to keep in mind is not to be sad you are leaving… you are probably going somewhere new!
To all my wonderful friends and family in Europe and North Africa, I will do my best to stay in touch (I am very good at it after years of experience) and I will come back to see you, sooner or later! Now that I’ll be making a decent salary, I’ll finally be able to travel a bit more frequently. Gros bisous, vous allez me manquer tous et merci pour tout.
The heart has reasons that reason cannot know
Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.