This gratitude Friday, I wanted to express my thanks for a good first year in Geneva. Yesterday, marked the anniversary of our move. We have now seen all the seasons in Switzerland. An amiable summer, an elegant fall, a mind-curdling winter, and a rainy spring.
If you’ve been following this blog, you know that it’s been with ups and downs. However, the positives of our experience have far outweighed the negatives.
— –We continue to love the travel and our central location in Europe. Somedays, it feels like we are living inside of a Busch Gardens theme park, hopping around to different countries in a weekend. The ‘cool’ factor of that has definitely not worn out with us. This is the best part about our expat experience.
–It is still doesn’t feel like home. I am not sure it will before we have to leave. I was talking with a woman the other day who has lived here 26 years and still says she feels like she is still a foreigner.
–We love our lifestyle. I never feel rushed or stressed. People enjoy life at a more leisurely pace and it has a positive influence on us. Especially me who needs all I can get of this example. In fact, Gabe just returned from two weeks in the US and said it was remarkable to see the comparison of tension & hurriedness when he was back. He said at the end of his time, he was starting to walk faster as a result.
–It has been interesting to watch our reaction to culture shock over the course of a year. I mentioned on a previous post how this is a continual process. It usually forms as a result of multiple inputs, not just one thing. We knew that this would happen. We have heard it would continue 1-2 years. We’ll outsmart it just as its time to return.
–Knowing the language makes it easier. My french is still not beautiful and nowhere close to fluent but I can make myself understood in simple conversation and getting things done. I no longer avoid making phone calls / appointments — I tackle them head on. And it feels good to finally be able to do that.
We are very grateful for this year.
Bon weekend, everyone!