Feeling far from home

October 13, 2013

in Life as an expat,Living abroad

I was in a bit of a funk on Friday and could not figure out why. It was a good week. I’d done fun stuff and work had gone well too. But I couldn’t shake the blues. Then while in a  body balance class at the gym after work, I finally figured out what was bothering me: I wanted to be somewhere else.

More specifically, I wanted to be in Cincinnati. My cousin Kezia received her PhD there on Saturday. My parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends were all there for the ceremony and party. And it really bothered me that I was not there to celebrate her achievement as well.  I know that she knows I was there in spirit. But I wanted to be there for real.

I accept that I live in another country far from my family and many dear friends and that means that I can’t go “home” for everything. But missing out on important events never gets any easier, does it?


cousins Here’s me and the new Dr. Carpenter in July.


1 Marina October 14, 2013 at 01:35

I know exactly what you mean. 🙁

I haven’t seen my family for two years. I might be doing the CELTA in Prague next September and I need all of my flight money for that. So, I won’t see them for three years and more. It really is hard, especially when big things happen. One of our young, close family friends passed away recently and it felt horrible not being there with everyone. 🙁

2 Lou Lou October 15, 2013 at 16:18

This is one of the things I hate too, I have missed so much! Weddings, graduations, funerals, births, you are quite right, it never does get easier.

3 Sandra October 19, 2013 at 10:13

Marina, wow, I don’t think I could go that long without seeing family. That is really hard. I am lucky and typically go twice a year.

4 Sandra October 19, 2013 at 10:17

Lou Lou, It’s a tough trade off sometimes, isn’t it. We gain so much by living here in Stockholm. But it’s not easy being far from home. And your flight to Oz is far, far longer than mine to the US (and much more expensive too). We haven’t been to see my husband’s family in Oz since a too-brief visit in July 2012. It would be great to just take a quick trip!

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