August 5, 2020

Living In America: Missing Crucial Events At Home

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As an Expat, you have to learn to live with certain things when you move away from your home country. With today's technology, we can see and hear them in real time, imagine what it must have been like 100 years ago? 1920, no internet, bad phone connection. Planes were still new and took a long time and a lot of money to get places. Many people who crossed the Atlantic ocean never set foot on their home soil again. So, it may have been a case of out of sight, out of mind. I wonder how many who set out to start a new life had family back home they missed and thought about often? It's much harder to forget about home these days with the current technology rate. Still, today's technology reminds you that you aren't physically there and with the current global pandemic, we are social distancing so this makes it even harder.

In a few days, my dad, my sister and my best friend will all have birthdays. On the same day. My sister and best friend live in England and Wales respectively, my dad lives in Spain. This is hard for me because I would love to be able to spend their birthdays with them, to celebrate, to enjoy their company. Even without a global pandemic, it would be hard. Flights back to the UK and EU are expensive.

My fellow Expats, how are you finding this time? Is it even harder than usual? For me, it's been much the same. I suppose it helps having a rather small family. I know that if we were in the UK, Erica would be having a much harder time not seeing her family.

How do you think you would do if you were living away from your homeland?


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