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From the US to Holland for Love

By Clogsandtulips @clogsandtulips

From the US to Holland for LoveSeattleite Imagery is a blog by an American named Alisha who followed her husband to Japan, the UK, and New Zealand before repatriating to the US eight years later.
I found her through Meagan Lopez, who was a guest poster here last year on the topic of repatriation.
In December 2010, I guest posted on Alisha's blog, telling the story of my journey "From the US to Holland for Love."

"So, I’m cleaning out the drawers of the nightstand next to my bed when I come across an old diary of mine. I had started it back in the winter of 2006 as a means of helping me through a recent break-up. I decide to sit down for a read.
Eventually I got over this guy. According to the diary, I did this by convincing myself that I would end up growing old and dying alone. But then, this is nothing new – I’ve always had a penchant for the dramatics.
Skipping through the embarrassingly low-confident, heart-broken dribble (“Come on,” I’m yelling at the diary. “That guy was a rat!”), I come to my account of a trip to Europe in July of 2007. What really strikes me about this entry is the part where I predict “Wherever my soulmate is, I have a feeling he’s not going to be American.” Apparently I had forgotten my earlier entry where I doomed myself to spinsterhood for life.
The fact that I fantasized about meeting an exotic foreign hunk is nothing spectacular. Tons of American women dream of being swept off their feet by a suave European. It’s when I read the following entry that I get goosebumps: “I’ve met the man I’m going to marry.” That was in the fall of 2007. That’s when I met the man who stole my heart."

Please feel free to head on over to Seattleite Imagery and check out the rest of the post and say hi to Alisha.
How did you end up in your country of residence?
Photo: Clogs and Tulips

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