One of the definite downsides about living abroad is the homesickness that always pops up. I guess it happens to everyone living far away from home, but mine always comes when a few specific things happen.
It’s especially bad after my family comes to visit. They were just here, but they’ve left now. I always miss my parents a ton, and even my ridiculous cats. It always kicks in a little while after they leave and go back home.
Then, I always get a tiny dose when my friends go home to visit. Most of them live much closer to home, so it’s only a question of a few hours for them. For me, it’s an entire day of traveling, which makes me a little bit jealous.
Next, it happens when my apartment is empty. Usually, I can distract myself with my 5 roommates (plus any wandering visitors), but they tend to have a high turnover rate as I live with mostly Erasmus students. If you’ve seen L’Auberge Espagnole, it’s exactly like that. Last week, it was crammed full – we had 15 visitors! Four of my roommates just moved out, and took all their visitors with them. It’s a little quiet and lonely around my piso right now!
It also kicks in when I’m feeling a little down, and lately I’ve been a bit stressed, sad, and lonely. The weird weather isn’t helping either – it’s been pretty grey all week, and all I want to do is laze around on the beach in the sun. Hopefully this weird feeling will go away soon.
And of course, after a long period of doing lots of stuff and having exciting trips planned, there’s always a ‘travel comedown.’ I just wrapped up a month of traveling on the weekends, and although it’s nice to have a break to relax, I’m a bit lost without any exciting events on the horizon to look forward to.
It’s days like these when I wish Barcelona were a whole lot closer to California. Actually, it’s not just days like these – I wish that a lot of the time!
Any other people living far away from home have tips for dealing with homesickness?