I am home.

After a rough weekend – delayed flight, massive headache, throwing up – I’m starting to get over the jetlag and adjust to life in the US again. I’ve eaten too many donuts, which may or may not have played a part in the puking this weekend, bought a ton of cheap stuff at Walmart (I know, I’m sorry), went to the dentist, got my hair cut, fixed computers and ordered dad a new one that I will get to play with soon. Luckily my bridesmaid dress and shoes fit almost perfectly, so I think I’m ready for the wedding even though we don’t leave for Virginia until the 29th.

Here are just 3 of the many, many reasons why I’m glad to be home:

Doggies! Brandy and Shadow are not allowed in the kitchen while we’re eating and it makes them sad.

So good and yet so bad.

BIG back yard.

It feels good to not be rushed or ruled by someone else’s schedule. I can go shopping and get something to eat 24 hours a day. Everything is open during lunch. People don’t care if I don’t eat at exactly noon and if I want to eat dinner by 5:30pm. I’m not forced to waste 2 hours sitting around during meals. The buildings and roads are so big. There are wide open spaces full of green grass and there is absolutely no noise at night (NO scooters!!!) I feel much more relaxed here, but that’s mostly because I’m out in the country and not in a city.

Of course, I do miss France a little (and David a lot!). Paying $169 for that dentist appointment because I don’t have insurance in the US sure makes me appreciate French healthcare. And it’s also the little things like having shutters on the windows to completely block out the light and tax already being included in the prices in stores that makes me wish there was a country that had just the best of both cultures and none of the bad.

I can’t really decide which I like more, the US or France. I’m sure I could come up with a million reasons for and against each country, but I suppose it will always be skewed since I’ve lived in the US longer than France and it’s what I know best. But I hated the US before I moved to France and thought I would never want to move back. Now I’m not so sure. Then again, it could just be the nostalgia and homesickness that blinds me to the reasons why I wanted to leave in the first place. A three week visit is not the same as actually living and working here again.

Those reasons will have to come later because I’m going outside to play in the yard with Brandy!

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  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com/ Justin

    Hi Jennie! Enjoy your time at home and eat a donut for me. Have fun playing with your doggies. – Justin

  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com Justin

    Hi Jennie! Enjoy your time at home and eat a donut for me. Have fun playing with your doggies. – Justin

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,
    Enjoy ! I’m glad to know that you arrived safe & sound.
    Ex-pats are all mixed up people in lots of ways ! But just let things flow & don’t think about it too much !
    I no longer like doughnuts myself !
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..It is never too late =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Hi Jennie,
    Enjoy ! I’m glad to know that you arrived safe & sound.
    Ex-pats are all mixed up people in lots of ways ! But just let things flow & don’t think about it too much !
    I no longer like doughnuts myself !
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..It is never too late =-.

  • http://www.lepoussindunordsud.blogspot.com/ Helene

    I feel the exact same way when I go to the US or come back to France. Eternelle insatisfaite!
    Just like you, I wish I could combine the best of both cultures, and be able to shop 24/7 and not be looked at if I want to have dinner at 5:30 ;)
    .-= Helene´s last blog ..Allez hop, on recommence! =-.

  • http://www.lepoussindunordsud.blogspot.com Helene

    I feel the exact same way when I go to the US or come back to France. Eternelle insatisfaite!
    Just like you, I wish I could combine the best of both cultures, and be able to shop 24/7 and not be looked at if I want to have dinner at 5:30 ;)
    .-= Helene´s last blog ..Allez hop, on recommence! =-.

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ kim

    Wow your backyard is huge! Enjoy! I love being up here in scotland and having a backyard… the boys think I’m nuts mowing the lawns and doing the gardening but I enjoy it. I love being out of an apartment.

    Your dogs are super cute!

  • http://kiwigirl-infrance.blogspot.com/ kim

    Wow your backyard is huge! Enjoy! I love being up here in scotland and having a backyard… the boys think I’m nuts mowing the lawns and doing the gardening but I enjoy it. I love being out of an apartment.

    Your dogs are super cute!

  • http://cndrnh.blogspot.com/ CN Heidelberg

    “that makes me wish there was a country that had just the best of both cultures and none of the bad.”

    I have the same problem. Why isn’t there some perfect third country that has all the good of Germany and the US!? I have no idea whether I want to go back or not.
    .-= CN Heidelberg´s last blog ..Public Toilets: Germany v. US =-.

  • http://cndrnh.blogspot.com CN Heidelberg

    “that makes me wish there was a country that had just the best of both cultures and none of the bad.”

    I have the same problem. Why isn’t there some perfect third country that has all the good of Germany and the US!? I have no idea whether I want to go back or not.
    .-= CN Heidelberg´s last blog ..Public Toilets: Germany v. US =-.

  • Mocha Stax

    Welcome back!

  • Mocha Stax

    Welcome back!

  • http://happilyeverafter-md.blogspot.com/ Amerigirl

    I sometimes think that Canada could be good, but it’s so cold. I am starting to miss stuff about France being back. But I know that my daily life is easier…. But that’s just my life.
    .-= Amerigirl´s last blog ..Twitter and all that =-.

  • http://happilyeverafter-md.blogspot.com/ Amerigirl

    I sometimes think that Canada could be good, but it’s so cold. I am starting to miss stuff about France being back. But I know that my daily life is easier…. But that’s just my life.
    .-= Amerigirl´s last blog ..Twitter and all that =-.

  • http://laprochainefois.blogspot.com/ cathy

    hmm, i never thought of donuts as a thing i’d miss from the USA. but dogs! and a large backyard! space is so nice, isn’t it? hope you enjoy your time back in the US!
    .-= cathy´s last blog ..évreux: online impressions =-.

  • http://laprochainefois.blogspot.com cathy

    hmm, i never thought of donuts as a thing i’d miss from the USA. but dogs! and a large backyard! space is so nice, isn’t it? hope you enjoy your time back in the US!
    .-= cathy´s last blog ..évreux: online impressions =-.

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com/ au soleil levant

    Enjoy your time in Michigan! Funny that we’re both in the mother state at the same time. You reminded me that I definitely need to eat some donuts while I’m here. I totally second you on not having to waste 2 hours on meals here. What a relief!
    .-= au soleil levant´s last blog ..Food Tag =-.

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com au soleil levant

    Enjoy your time in Michigan! Funny that we’re both in the mother state at the same time. You reminded me that I definitely need to eat some donuts while I’m here. I totally second you on not having to waste 2 hours on meals here. What a relief!
    .-= au soleil levant´s last blog ..Food Tag =-.

  • http://www.lindamathieu.com/ Linda

    I miss the comfortableness of the States, and 7-11, Target, convenience and those wide aisles at grocery stores. When I’m there I miss the things I find in France.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Sunflowers =-.

  • http://www.lindamathieu.com Linda

    I miss the comfortableness of the States, and 7-11, Target, convenience and those wide aisles at grocery stores. When I’m there I miss the things I find in France.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Sunflowers =-.

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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