Thoughts On Going Back 'Home'

As our trip to celebrate Christmas in London rapidly approaches I'm starting to think about what life in London will be like. What will be the same? What will be different? How will we feel being back in the place that I at least still call 'home'? We've been in France now for a year and a half and this is the first time that we are making the journey back. I'm sure we'll have that feeling you get when you return home after a long holiday away. You know the one where you realise life goes on in pretty much the same way even when you're not there.

The kids will have to be watched like hawks. Jacob has little concept of pavements and roads as most of the places we visit and walk around are pedestrianised. On our trip to Albi Reuben thought it was noisy and that there were too many cars, so who knows what he'll think of the constant hum of the city and all the Christmas traffic! We'll be tourists, visiting all the places that tourists like to go at this time of year, and I'm slightly dreading the cost of everything. One of the reasons we moved from London is because we couldn't afford to live there, particularly when only one of us was working full time.

Being 'tourists' in London is something I want us to get used to though, as long term I want us to get to a point where we are back visiting at least once a year. I want the boys to grow up knowing London, obviously not in the same way that I do as I know that's not possible. But I want them to be familiar with the city as one day they may choose to call it their home. And that's what I'm looking forward to most...being back in a city that I am familiar with, where for a short period I understand everything that is being said around me, where I can show the boys some of my favourite places at this time of year and to remind them that there is a big world outside of our little French village.

Are you an expat abroad? How did you feel the first time you went back to your home country? This post is linking up Seychellesmama as part of her 'My Expat Family' series.

Seychelles Mama


  1. Great post!!! I certainly know that weird mix of anticipation, excitement and worry about going "home"! I'm sure all expats can relate it's a crazy feeling! We found when we went back this summer that we slipped back into things surprisingly quickly, nothing had changed really.....we were the ones who had changed!!!
    Hope you guys have a wonderful time, I'm sure you will!! Have some mince pies for me :) oh and LOTS of chocolate!!!! Xxx

  2. The tube now freaks me out when I go home and I'm so not used to walking down the street and not recognising anyone! I hope you have a lovely time! #MyExpatFamily

  3. Lovely post, and I look forward to reading about you got on with London after being away.
    This summer we went back to the UK for the first time in almost two years, and both my husband and I felt very nervous beforehand too. I think what it comes down to is a fear that, even though it's supposed to be "home", something will have changed and it won't feel like that anymore. As Chantel said, we realised that WE had changed and that there were certain things we would now always look at differently. It's a bit of shock, but there were positives to it to: some things we appreciated more, and also the realisation that Italy had become far more like home to us than we'd realised.
    It's an interesting experience, pretty complex, but ultimately good. I hope you have a wonderful week x #myexpatfamily


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