|Time to reflect!|
Here are a few things I've done for the first time since moving to the USA:
1. Driven on the right hand side of the road.
2. Driven an automatic.
3. Crashed said automatic (I allude to this frequently, but it really wasn't bad. The garage jumped out at me, and the car came off worse).
4. Eaten: Black and White Cookies, Square burgers, Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin beer, S'mores, Okra (yes really!).
5. Smashed a pumpkin and decorated the house with corn.
There have been loads more new experiences. As I say when I do something mundane for the first time, every day is a new adventure. It really is.
However, what I'm noticing now is that I am starting to find it harder to distinguish between things that are 'American' and things that are are 'British' or universal. Just the subtle things, such as the way the drivers here take corners faster than in the UK, or the way some smalltown Main St stores look like little houses, and more I can't think of now because they are the new normal for me.
Next week is Thanksgiving, and that's going to be a whole new event for me as well. I'm very excited! But more than that, my mum is coming to celebrate with us, and it's going to be interesting to see just how Americanized I am now in comparison!
So this week I'm going to reflect on my expat life:
From doing the long-distance, to packing up, moving over, and trying to settling in.
What we did, what we didn't do, things we would've done differently… and, of course, things I still want to do! And there's a lot of things I want to do.