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.