All good things must come to an end, and thus it is with our time here in Geneva. We're headed back to Bellevue in late August, and the kids will start school there the next week.
I've experienced so much here, met so many great people, and seen so many amazing sights. It's been a life goal of mine to live overseas for a while, so that has been checked off my bucket list. But it has certainly left me with a greatly expanded appetite for the novelty and freshness of living overseas!
The minutiae of moving has been occupying my days recently. Selling the car, getting the attestation de depart (an official document stating that you're leaving the country, without which you can't cancel any contracts), arranging movers, selling the things we won't be bringing back - all takes a lot of time. I've been having to make a lot of phone calls in my broken French. I have a decent accent in French, so people assume I speak pretty well, but my vocabulary is quite scanty, so basic things sometimes stump me. Then I'm there on the phone, trying to fire up Google translate and hit speakerphone at the same time - stressful! But so far everything is going okay.
Not having a routine (no work, kids not in school) is definitely something that sounds better than it actually is, for me anyway. I find I got a lot more done in the little bits and pieces of time I had outside of work than I am now. But as soon as I find a job back in the US, maybe I'll be longing for the free time I have now!
What will I miss most when we're back in the US? Sheesh...it's a long list. I think how I can walk to everything, and living right next to a big park and very close to the lake are close to the top. I've been swimming with the kids at Baby Beach almost every day now for the past few weeks, and it's been awesome. I'm able to go out with my goggles into the deeper water - it gets quite clear out there too, I can see all the seaweed and yesterday saw a bunch of perch too.