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Thursday, May 24, 2012


I think sometimes a life living in a foreign country can start to feel tiresome. In some cases (my case) you've moved away from a place where you've grown roots, where you know who you are and what you mean to people. You invest in people and vice versa because you're probably going to be there awhile. And then you move to a foreign country and who knows what awaits you and you spend all this time and energy creating new friendships but all the time knowing that they might not be around for forever and you might not either so your grasp seems limited. That's not to say that I haven't made some amazing friends and met some very special people - those that I know I won't lost contact with, but for some I know its temporary and that can feel old after awhile.

Anyway, all of that to say that I just spent two weeks in the USA spending (not enough) time with family and friends and it was incredible. I am back in Switzerland now and on one hand I feel so incredibly sad to have left (there were a lot of tears) but on the other I feel so re-charged and the word 'nourished' comes to mind. It was such a good reminder of who I am and I'm happy to feel more grounded (and maybe 10 times more homesick).

p.s. jet lag sucks

p.p.s a good article on 'What Happens When You Live Abroad'

32 comments:

Kristina said...

I so now how you feel Krystal. Have been homesick as well the last couple of days. Missing my family and friends. After having moved from Germany to Switzerland to Australia I get tired from time to time to always make new friends... :) But on the other hand, it is also great to always meet new people... but today, I simply miss home...

Tine said...

I totally understand you! I've moved from Germany to Switzerland a couple of years ago and I've made lots of great new friends but everytime I return home, I know where my heart is :) People are a bit different here, not in a bad way, but I sometimes miss a certain open mindedness. But I have no regrets, moving to a foreign country made me stronger and now I know that I can get along everywhere. Why did you move to Switzerland?

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh this breaks my heart a little. I'm glad you were able to feed your soul but sad it was so difficult to leave. Suppose it's better than regretting you were there and counting the days until you could leave.
I still live in the state I was born in. Sometimes I long for a life by the sea or in a totally different environment but I think as long as my family is here, I will be too.
I hope your heart feels better soon dear friend.

She Wore It Well said...

I feel your pain honey. I live in another city and feel lost and hopeless 90% of the time. But at least you know it's not forever and you will be back "home" someday.

XO

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Darling I know exactly how you feel. It has been a few years though and I am more settled in Singapore than I was in London. The people really make the place and that is why I feel comfortable here. Of course I also go home multiple times so that makes things easier! I hope switzerland feels more like home soon!

ellie said...

There is a certain limbo. We miss home, but when we do go home...it evolves too. Those wonderful landscapes change too. Thanks to progress I suppose. Of course, you start to miss your bed and those new details in your life while you are there listening to family wanting you to be a captivated audience. Sometimes, its just a sad feeling..where ever you are.

Home changes in our mind, and yet its a comfort daydream that makes a wonderful memory too.

Brissa said...

i can imagine how tough that is. i only live an hour away from home but sometimes i get so homesick for my family and our memories. i can't imagine being thousands of miles away. but seeing them is better than not seeing them, and at lease you were able to re-charge!

Dancing Branflake said...

Hugs! So glad you got to spend some time at home, but leaving again is so terribly hard.

Yes,jet lag does suck big time.

Bella Bheag said...

When I lived in Switzerland many years ago I always thought that if life didn't work out back home in Scotland the one place I could return to live would be Switzerland. I went back home, returning to Switzerland for holidays, a bit older and slightly wiser, only to realise that fantastic though Switzerland is in many respects - it's not home, I am not Swiss, and some of its ways irritated me!

To get the opportunity to ‘try on’ another country, another culture, is a privilege not available to many. There was a reason why you left home - make the most of your stay and when the time is right you’ll return home.

I know in my heart I could never live anywhere else but Scotland, but Switzerland is still pretty special to me.

Bella Bheag said...

When I lived in Switzerland many years ago I always thought that if life didn't work out back home in Scotland the one place I could return to live would be Switzerland. I went back home, returning to Switzerland for holidays, a bit older and slightly wiser, only to realise that fantastic though Switzerland is in many respects - it's not home, I am not Swiss, and some of its ways irritated me!

To get the opportunity to ‘try on’ another country, another culture, is a privilege not available to many. There was a reason why you left home - make the most of your stay and when the time is right you’ll return home.

I know in my heart I could never live anywhere else but Scotland, but Switzerland is still pretty special to me.

Bella Bheag said...

Ooops! Sorry for repeating myself!

Keep your chin up!

Christianna said...

You've got guts girl! I'm so glad that you got to go home and visit your family and friends. It must have been awesome, though leaving wasn't so awesome. I'm not quite sure what it's like to live away from home, but I'm sure I'll get a good dose of what it's like in a few weeks.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Tell the city I'll be back soon...like in a few days! :) And yes, jet lag will suck big time! :(

Bog-Bog said...

I don't want to move in a foreign land, I live next the austrian borders (in Hungary) and I work in Austria too but I could never let my family. My home is where my family is.

Jamie said...

Amen, just amen

Diana said...

I haven't felt homesick I think ever. I think that's pretty bad, it's like I don't have a home at all! Although when I'm away I do miss my cat a lot, does that count? She's a pretty rad cat.

I hope your homesickness gets better. I would try to drown it in fondue if I were you.

Ashley said...

Welcome back!

How long do you and Mark plan on staying in Switzerland?

Stacey said...

been there so i know how you're feeling! go riding or do something fun to help to distract you and remind you of why you like being in Switzerland:-). hugs!!

LyddieGal said...

It would definitely be tough to leave your roots so very far behind, but at least your home will always be there for when you need a little nourishment.
Chic on the Cheap

E said...

I hope the whole visit home was wonderful and you are able to settle back into your life smoothly. I can't imagine living that far away from everything and everyone that is loved and familiar. Thanks for sharing!

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

ooooh, I so know what you mean. I feel that same exact mix of emotions when I get back from Italy!

Except for the jet lag, 'cause Sardinia is only a couple of hours away ;-)

Molly said...

So glad you had a "nourishing" trip back to the US. I'm so sorry you're feeling homesick. But YAY for feeling re-charged and grounded.

Hang in there!!!!!!!!!

illustration poetry said...

home is where your heart is... so where are you?

xoxo

M said...

welcome HOME :P

xx.M
www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

gorg photog as always!!!
love being home! love to travel, but it always feels great to get home too!

Bad Taste Toast said...

Oh I can relate to this feeling a bit, but in a slightly different way. The little village where I grew up is only 70km away, but my family and all friends I had moved away from there and are scattered all over the country now, so this little village I called my home is no longer my home, but only a place of past memories an that makes me sad.
Anyway, I'm glad you got to spend some time with your loved ones in the US, so now that you're back in Switzerland you can draw strength from it. ;)

em.me.ma said...

aww krystal. Is your job in switzerland? I'm planning on moving away soon too. I think it's important to learn to live somewhere with out your family and friend's support and comfort of knowing everything. It would make you stronger and wiser as a person. Don't worry too much about it, everything happens for a reason!

Marissa said...

Glad you got to spend time with your family! My boyfriend and I are talking about moving to Israel for a year or two after we get married, and I'm petrified! In a way it feels like I'll be putting my life on hold since the move will be temporary. Such a strange thing to think about...

Carly said...

I haven't stopped by in sooo long...bad blogging buddy..things have been CRAZE! lol.
Hope you are well...glad you got to visit family..sad to hear you are jetlagged!
C

Mat said...

i sure need to move about more, i'm not experiencing enough

Mat said...

i sure need to move about more, i'm not experiencing enough

Flora Moreno de Thompson said...

Moving abroad was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my entire life. It made me realize that things don't matter, people do. And it really opened my eyes to those folks who really do matter to me and all those who were so quick to forget me when I was away.

It also really strengthened my marriage because if we couldn't count on each other (at first before we met other folks), then who? <3

A BRIT GREEK said...

Hey Krystal, loooong time!

I totally get the moving somewhere else thing, for me it'll be coming up to 4 years and I still get horrendously homesick. Only thing is, at least it's only a 3/4hr flight away.

Thank God for skype right?
I've been slowly catching up with some of your beautiful posts - love that painting! The BBQ image made me giggle too.

x.o.x.o

 

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