Homesickness is such a strange thing. I don’t experience it too often (thankfully) but when I do, it comes over my like a sudden wave. It crashes right over me and it’s quite overwhelming! Suddenly I long to be not by the sea, but surrounded by mountains. I want to hear people speak in French, and I want to listen to the radio I grew up listening to. I want to watch Swiss TV, walk through the beautiful streets I grew up near to, and go to the supermarket. It’s the little things, the things that you don’t ever really think about when you’re doing them that you end up missing.
I know that I need to go home every 3 months. Whenever I don’t, that’s when the homesickness comes. If I go within 3 months, it’s like I recharge my batteries of “swissness,” and I feel like me again. Like I’ve become whole again.
Unless you live far from home, or in another country, this might not be something you can relate to... but if you can, i hope you know that you’re not alone, and that homesickness is ok to feel.