In April of this year we moved back to Louisville after living in Italy for 6 1/2 years. Lots of expats, expats-to-be and assorted others have asked us about our re-entry to the United States. I think this experience, just like our intial move to Italy, has to be unique for every person. Some, who spent a lifetime dreaming of a life in Italy might have been devastated by having to return to the states. Others, probably those who moved to Italy because of an outside force, like a job or following a spouse, might not have embraced the Italian way of life and might have been dancing in the streets upon their return to the U.S.
Us? As usual we fall somewhere in between those two extremes - sad to leave Italy and many of it's unique offerings, yet excited to return to the U.S. (where our dollar just might do better) and begin our next adventure. Remember, for us the dream wasn't Italy itself, but the chance to follow a crazy idea just because we could - and just because we wanted to! Really, that's the coolest part of all - just deciding one day "Hey, let's move to Italy!" and then DOING IT!!! What crazy idea are YOU trying to resist? And why????