Wednesday, September 17, 2008

750 Days To Go...


750 days from yesterday - October 6, 2010 - will mark ten years since I arrived in Switzerland. I have told Mrs. TBF that ten years of living in Switzerland WILL BE ENOUGH.

OK...yeah...I know, it would have been more meaningful if I had blogged about this yesterday when it was really 750 days to go instead of 749, but I was too busy getting things together for the dinner we hosted last night at our apartment for seven of Mrs. TBF's work colleagues, and I didn't have even a spare minute to blog.

Wasn't it nice of them to all come over and help me celebrate?

No, there's nothing wrong. I'm not suddenly unhappy living here, I'm not sitting in the apartment pining for America, and I don't even consider myself to have one foot out the door...YET. However, I just thought that the time has come to put a deadline on this chapter of our lives. We've been saying "...two more years" for five years now, and now it's time to say 'two more years' and really mean it.

OK, actually slightly more than two years, or...

...maybe less?


Sara said...

can you become a citizen soon?

the "two more years" thing is starting to drive me crazy, in our case its "6-12 more months", over and over again.

Where will you go back to?

The Big Finn said...

Sara - Do you mean Swiss citizenship? I think I have to live in the same town for 11 years before I could apply. Since we moved to our new apartment (in a different town in 2005, I guess I'd have to wait until 2016 to apply.

Plus, I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in applying for Swiss citizenship.

I'll apply for U.S. citizenship once we've lived in the U.S. for three years. Joint U.S./Canadian citizenship is all I'll ever need.

To where will we go back? I'm not sure at this time, but pretty much anywhere in America is fine with me.

Melinda said...

I so hear ya TBF! I have been wanting to go back as well. I have been here five years THIS month and I am coming to my wits end with Swissville! But I do have a feeling that I will be making my 7 year mark here .. ACK, since hubby just got a new job and now we have to wait EVEN longer for him to get transfered .. bummer!

J said...

Germany doesn't offer dual US/German citizenship otherwise I'd take it (I've been here long enough).

And then I'd move to Spain.

The Big Finn said...

j - If I knew for certain that we were going to live in Europe for the rest of our lives, I would immediately apply for Finnish citizenship so that I could have an EU passport. I am entitled to Finnish citizenship because my father was born in Finland. However, I would like to (someday) obtain U.S. citizenship, and the U.S. only allows dual-citizenship, not tri-citizenship. So, since I'd like to keep my Canadian citizenship (to be able to fall back on the Canadian national health care system...just in case), I'll just pass on the Finnish citizenship...for now.

Anonymous said...

Your comment about the Canadian Health Care System shows up the trepidation that many US citizens have about their future health and well being. It's ironic that the country can bail out the reckless bankers and yet leaves millions of its people unable to afford basic health care. Perhaps a new president can fix it.