The truth is Expat Life is not as dazzling at it tends to appear. Yes, we are experiencing a wide range of cultural phenomenon. We enjoy unique cuisine and interesting folklore and tradition. And there is no doubt that we never would have found these things in our home of origin. But, we are STILL just regular people.
We don’t go jetting around on fabulous outings every single day. In actuality, a lot of what you see here are merely highlights from the best of our experiences.
Often times when we return from a big trip, we are flat out exhausted. Whether a weekend or a day trip, the stimulation can be overwhelming. Imagine seeing new things, hearing about them in a language you don’t understand, and then being served food that you may have never seen before. The senses are on overload, trying to absorb and interpret all of the microscopic details. And even after we leave, the brain is in overdrive, still categorizing and sorting out the memories.
We returned from our last weekend trip 3 full days ago, and we’ve barely moved off the couch. We’ve read some books and watched a few movies, baked a little bit and slept a lot. It sounds pretty ordinary, right? Even towards the afternoon when our energy levels began to resurface, the kids were plenty content for quiet activities. Blowing bubbles and drawing with chalk in the parking lot entertained them for hours.
After such great amounts of stimulation, the simplest acts become the best ways to re-center. The sweetest moments of our existence are still captured amidst these timeless pinnacles of childhood.