Looking across to the Rio Grande River from the Sandia mountains.
Who? Just me and my cat. She was six months old when she was carried off Malta Air. Now she's six years old when we take off back to the US.
What? I'm leaving Malta after five years of living here with my (former) partner.
Why? Frankly, I never quite adjusted to the Maltese culture or the expat community here. Of course, I have friends--and my terrific EFL students--who I will miss a lot. But after the 12-year relationship ended, I realized I wanted to return to the US; I miss my grown daughters, brother and friends.
When? The end of January, 2014.
Where? To Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is in the American southwest. It's a sunny, mountainous, supposedly affordable place to live in the US.
How? I'll let you know what it's like--at a mature age--to start life all over again in your own country. (All prayers and good universal vibes appreciated.)
P.S. Made it! Been in Albuquerque three weeks now. I like my apartment and neighborhood (Nob Hill). I like hearing from my daughters more often. Still have to make friends, but people are friendly here. Good news: There are a lot of good-looking men here. Bad news (for me): Most of them are gay. But so far, inshallah, I feel like I've made the right decision to come back to the US via Albuquerque.