Less than a week ago, Writer Abroad became Writer at Home. After almost a decade in Switzerland, she has moved back to the USA and is maybe staying awhile. Maybe.
She says “maybe” because thanks to Swiss bureaucracy, she has been granted a two-year leave to take care of some family issues. She’s not sure how it will go. Or how she will like “home” after being away for so long. So far she likes the friendliness and the taffy apples but dislikes the lack of walking and the obsession with football.
Writer at Home knows "home" won’t be easy. In fact, research shows it is harder to move home than it is to move abroad. The “Repatriation Blues” are a reality. In fact, Alan Paul wrote an entire column in the Wall Street Journal about them.
Writer at Home wonders if these blues differ when one has an open door to return? Will it make things harder as it means her return “home” might not be final? Or will it make it easier to know the option of returning abroad is there? Only time and this blog will tell.