Wednesday, February 3, 2010

What happened to the blog?

I know, I know. I haven't written anything for ages....or at least for as long as I've been back in the States.

Some of you who have made transitions abroad and then had to un-transition may have run into the same thing: once you're no longer a foreigner and you're back in your "normal" environment - and in my case, once I'm unemployed and not traveling someplace exciting ever few weeks - what's left to write about? Where are the cultural observations, the daily struggles and mishaps, the minor triumphs and the travel adventures?

I've tossed around a few ideas with reverse culture shock, but the truth is, it's not that bad and it's not all that exciting. Other than complaining about Austrian supermarkets for a couple years and now realizing just how much more I prefer the Austrian grocery shopping experience to the American one, there's not much else that really reverse shocks me. No, it wasn't weird to stop speaking German. (Sorry, Austria, it's the truth.) Yes, I feel right at home. No, I don't really miss Austria. (Which is to say, I don't have that active longing for a place.) It's been a pretty painless process.

Since I'm still in transition, there's really not all that much that inspires me to write - though I really want to get back into the habit of writing. (This blog, my novel, more emails...I'm not picky.) I've got a couple of ideas floating around in my head, but we'll see if they make it to the printed page.

I just wanted to give you the heads up that I'm still here, but on hold. Of course if you have any brilliant ideas that you think I should write about, I welcome them. Until's probably best if you don't hold your breath.

1 comment:

miss clara said...

You may need to rename your blog! And yes, post-expat life can be boring by comparison... :-P