I have been dreading writing this post. I’ve been thinking about what I’m going to say for the past 8 days and I’m still no closer to knowing how to put my thoughts into words. So I’m just going to come out and say it: Nate and I have decided to move back to San Diego.
There have been several things leading up to this decision but the two main reasons are things we never could have foreseen before moving to France. The first is the absolute nightmare of getting internet access. It took us six weeks of research online, talking with internet/phone companies, banks and everyone we could find that spoke English and it was always the same answer… Impossible! I know it sounds crazy especially when in the States you can get anything and everything you want if you just flash shiny plastic but it definitely does not work that way in Europe. In those six weeks of failing to get a connection, Nate lost all of his contracts so we had no way to fund the traveling that we wanted to do. Traveling was basically the whole point of us wanting to live in France; we’d be closer to everything and be able to spend extended lengths of time in different areas in Europe.
The other main reason that we decided to move back was our community in the States; friends and family. To be totally honest with you, I didn’t think this would bother me that much. I have such an adventuresome spirit and I love, love, love to travel and explore different cultures. I’ve lived abroad before this trip and I think I’ve been to 16 different countries before I met Nate. So I honestly didn’t think I would miss my little community of friends and family during the 6-12 months we planned on being there. But I did. So did Nate. And we came to the conclusion that we missed having a place to belong to. A place where people knew us and cared about us. We need encouragement and inspiration and love more than we ever thought.
Our time in France has been absolutely wonderful and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It’s been exciting and scary and frustrating but we’ve met wonderful people and have so many memories now. In part I feel like we failed in out attempt to live abroad because we’re coming back so soon. However, the lessons we learned about ourselves and the path for our future is priceless. We know what we want now and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
We are now currently in San Diego. We don’t have a cell phone yet but please email or comment on this blog. We’d love to hang out with each of you because all of you are so important in our lives.