Wednesday, May 30, 2012
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'