Six months ago we were in our final days of our two years in Germany,
our final days of eight years as expats.
Lots of 'last times' ...last walk in the forest, last meal with friends,
last chat with the neighbours, before the last drive to the airport.
Tears were shed but we looked forward to being 'home' to friends
and the familiar way of life, back to being Aussies in Australia,
where we wouldn't stand out.
We had been warned by other expats who had returned home,
that repatriation was the hardest move of all.
We expected it to be tough but had no idea how tough it would actually be.
The Perth we came home to was very different to the Perth we had left.
We had grown and moved on as had those we had left behind.
Some friendships had changed. The roads and rules had changed.
Suburbs had sprung up where golf courses had been when we left.
Kids had become adults, some parents, re connections were needed.
Our four years in Shanghai were some of the best years of our lives.
The girls went there as children and left as young adults.
We immersed ourselves in the culture, enjoyed the street foods and loved
everything from the back alleys to the futuristic skyline.
We adapted to what we could do and buy, the things we missed from home
became less as we discovered more in Shanghai.
Shanghai was 'home'
Many memories and friendships made, we all left a big chunk
of our hearts there.
We made fabulous friends and had many adventures in England and Germany too.
Friends were part of our every day lives, a huge support when you are so far from 'home'.
We introduced British friends to the term 'do a u-ey', learned that pants are
called trousers there and if you are 'fit' doesn't mean that you could run a half marathon.
We travelled the countryside on weekends, enjoyed local festivals and traditions.
England was 'home',
We introduced German and a few American friends
to the delights of an Aussie Pav!
We had a gorgeous German forest as our backyard.
We discovered countless castles and amazing history on our doorstep.
Germany was 'home'.
We left pieces of our hearts in England and Germany too.
We are very happy to be home in Perth, the city the girls and I were born in,
the only place we truly belong.
We still find ourselves homesick for China, ecstatic when we find familiar
foods in our local Asian shop.
Homesick for England, the history, the Pints and the Ye Olde Pubs.
Homesick for Germany, the seasons in our forest...and white asparagus season!
Friends that became family in all three!
We will get over our cultural jet lag but we did leave pieces of our hearts in
China, England and Germany, places we lovingly called home.
Home is where you make it..and where you have left bits of your heart!
Perth is a great place to call home...and we can't complain about the weather...
enjoy these photos, taken while I walked the dog on a beautiful blue sky,
sunny 18C, WINTER day!
There is no place like home!
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