100 Days Back Home. | My Meena Life

100 Days Back Home.

I never thought I’d be so deeply dissatisfied after returning home.  I thought that transitioning from expat to repat would be difficult but overwhelmingly positive.  I was wrong. Mr. Meena and I were gone from the United States for 13 continuous months.  As we neared the end of our time in Germany I was rather desperate to be […]

Our Reintegration into the USA. | My Meena Life

Our Reintegration into the USA.

We’ve had a wildly successful but mind-numbingly exhausting first week of reintegration.  Coming home has been a lot like riding a bike again after many years; we remember how to do it but there are still many unfamiliar sensations and a strong likelihood of falling down before we get things right again.  Here are some […]

Are These Really My People? | My Meena Life. Photo by Carol via Flickr.

Are These Really My People?

“Yeah, the fool bought himself a big ol’ king size bed that don’t even fit in his bedroom.” My ears were drawn like a magnet to the English language.  I listened to the group walking being me as they spoke loudly with strong southern drawls.  There were Americans in Schweinfurt – I had inadvertently found […]

Blog Series: One Year Without.

A blog series about living abroad, embracing minimalism, and what we learned by going without. 1| Introducing One Year Without: A Blog Series. 2| One Year Without a Vehicle. 3| One Year Without Community. 4| One Year Without All the Small Stuff. 5| What We Couldn’t Do Without During Our Year Abroad. 6| What We Gained by Owning Less Stuff.   […]

One Year Without Community. | My Meena Life. Photo by Chris via Flickr.

One Year Without Community.

This is the third post in the blog series One Year Without.  See all of the posts here. Over the past few years we’ve been slowly sliding downhill, shifting further away from friends and family, until we finally hit bottom when we moved abroad.   At least, that is what it felt like. Mr. Meena and I both […]

One Year Without a Vehicle. | My Meena Life. Photo by Peter via Flickr.

One Year Without a Vehicle.

This is the second post in the blog series One Year Without.  See all of the posts here. We gave up our habit of driving daily when we moved to Germany without a vehicle.  For the past year we’ve either walked, used public transport, or used a rental car.  In fact, we only spent 19 days […]

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