re·pa·tri·ate [v. ree-pey-tree-eyt or, esp. British, -pa-; n. ree-pey-tree-it or, esp. British, -pa-]
verb (used with object), re·pa·tri·at·ed, re·pa·tri·at·ing.
1. to bring or send back (a person, especially a prisoner of war, a refugee, etc.) to his or her country or land of citizenship.
Initially I laughed at this definition. It infers that said repat did not enjoy his time away from home. Yes, there are a lot of hardships to overcome when you’re overseas; culture, language, weather, malaria. But, in some ways, coming back home takes almost as much of an adjustment as moving to another country thousands of kilometres away.
It may sound menial but suddenly you’re in charge of your own housing expenses, transportation, medical coverage lowers significantly, taxes are applicable. Your day to day support system isn’t as tight as it was in the expat community. You’re pretty much on your own.
But the biggest adjustment is coming back to an old way of life and trying to fit in as a completely different person than when you left.
One woman's quest for bliss and balance in an insane world - her own head.