Comment from: Mary Ault [Visitor]
Mary Ault

I really enjoyed reading this and can relate to so much of it! You are right even if you go back it will never be the same because it’s the people that make your experience so wonderful.

12/14/14 @ 22:45
Comment from: diana [Member]

Exactly, Mary. I just wish…but that’s the thing. I wish we could have that experience indefinitely, in one sense, without giving up our lives, in another. Which is just stupid.

It’s one of the drawbacks of living abroad for any period of time. You get to know and love people there, in that situation, and it’ll never happen again.

I’m just trying to learn how to accept that.


12/14/14 @ 23:37
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


Letting go is difficult, especially when it wasn’t your choice to let go in the first place. I’m not sure if you ever “get over it” as some people are likely to advise. (People who haven’t had to do it themselves, usually.) But you do get used to it, gradually, as you discover that playing back the memories helps you get through the moments of emptiness that sneak up on you.

In time it’ll be like a wound that has scarred over. It doesn’t hurt any more, but the memory of how you got it makes a great story.


12/15/14 @ 13:53
Comment from: Damon Renner [Visitor]
Damon Renner

Thoughtfully expressed and spot on. When I returned to the U.S., my Izmir-itis really hit me the first time I ate breakfast in the car. It had been over a year since experiencing the cultural idiosyncrasy of a fast food drive-thru.

12/15/14 @ 15:22

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