Moved from the United States to the United Kingdom… and back to the United States. Currently in long-term limbo. My good, bad & ugly experiences as a former expatriate and (possibly) permanent repatriate (who'll continue traveling no matter what).

Hard knock life.

I returned to the United States on 10.22.2013. It took a week for me to get over jet-lag – it usually hits me pretty hard – and I’ve continued looking for work but to no avail. No one in the U.S. has contacted me for employment opportunities but oddly enough, agencies in England keep contacting me a couple of times per week. So I’m basically in limbo – couch-surfing, unemployed, a waiting game, a burden to society. I started a crowd-funding page to get a new visa, but I won’t post it here yet.

Honestly, I’m so disgusted with that country and what they’ve done to me, I’m not sure that I want to return. I won’t go into full detail right now, but suffice it to say that I didn’t leave because I wanted to. At the same time, I haven’t been treated that great here, either. Blood is not thicker than water. Friends, while they’ve treated me much better than blood and definitely mean well, can only help but so much.

I’ll post updates from time to time; I won’t completely abandon this blog (yet?). I’m a cautionary tale – not everything that glitters in another country is gold. I may stay here for good. I apologize to those of you who followed me along this expatriate journey, because the journey may end here.

14 responses

  1. Couches are sometimes good resting places. How dreadful. Write that cautionary tale book NOW! It would be wonderful – and sellable
    (lots of jobs here – mild weather…you can always travel somewhere during August or hide inside)


    November 6, 2013 at 12:09

    • Spinster

      Don’t get the wheels in my head turning…


      November 6, 2013 at 15:58

      • Rolling, rolling rolling…get those words a rolling (sorry, couldn’t help it…brain crazed from careening dogs)


        November 6, 2013 at 21:06

        • Spinster

          Thinking about it… thanks for the encouragement.


          November 6, 2013 at 23:29

          • You could do it – you have a great way with words and good current perspective. Don’t over think it – just write – keeps it fresh – and funny as your current view on the whole situation is strongly emotional. Haste captures the real thing sometimes


            November 7, 2013 at 10:33

            • Spinster

              Hmmmm… never did NaNoWriMo before… *spinning wheels*


              November 7, 2013 at 11:25

  2. Glad that you are getting over the jet lag, even if slowly. I say try to come back as you should be here but obviously you will decide what is best. If you make it back we have to meet for a tea!


    November 6, 2013 at 16:00

    • Spinster

      Girl… after all of this (and thanks for your support behind the scenes BTW), I may have to make that a whiskey. :-|


      November 6, 2013 at 16:03

      • Done, gin and tonic for me :)


        November 6, 2013 at 16:05

        • Spinster

          You’ve got yourself a drunk… sorry, a deal.


          November 6, 2013 at 16:06

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