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Returning to a New Home

Have you had that feeling of London being your home? Lauren has and also has some advice for those feeling a little homesick. 

I remember my friend turning to me as our plane was about to land back in London and saying “How odd . . . it feels like I’m returning home.”  We had just spent two weeks exploring Italy and were finally returning back to England, exhausted but happy, with tanned skin to prove we had left. 

I couldn’t help but agree.

It does happen.  When you first travel overseas to teach, you feel like you are leaving everything behind and are now faced with a world that did not seem real before.  My first time moving to England was the first time I had ever even travelled to Europe.  It was a big move. 

Yet eventually you get settled. You meet people.  You travel to Leicester Square without looking up directions on Google Maps, you know the general area of all major hotspots in London, you go into work and everyone knows your name because you supply at that school quite often, and you’re lucky enough to meet friends whom you would never have been lucky enough to meet if you had not left home.

Moving to England was a great decision.  It makes you worldly.  You can talk about other countries and the people there because you’ve met them and formed bonds. If you are not changed by the time you go home, then that means you didn’t venture out from your overpriced flat.  It is impossible not to have this experience change you.  Change is good; it is growing up and knowing the world around you and being able to make decisions about it.

So to everyone who just moved here, and are feeling homesick- it does get better.  When you go on vacations out of England you miss some of your friends who are still in England, in addition to those back home, and will meet them for coffee right when you get back to discuss your adventures. 

I’ve met friends for life here from Australia to even people from back home whom funny enough I never would have met if I had not moved out of the country.

Remember that eventually England will become your safety net just like your home country is.  Where even after a great vacation you breathe a sigh of relief because you are back in a place which you recognise and are completely comfortable in.  It happens all of a sudden.  You won’t feel the yearn to go home so much, as you’ll be comfortable here.

You will miss it when you go home.  So take full advantage now.  That’s the curse and also a great thing about travelling: you are never truly home because you feel a connection with so many different places.
And then you too will agree with my friend and nod your head when she says it’s like returning home.

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