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The joy of having spent time in another country is that you slowly become a part of it and bit-by-bit one of its people.
Our attention to detail is heightened and we make a concerted effort to understand and fit in until we become one with our new location.
Thus, the final question I ask myself is no longer whether I will ever have that complete sense of home again, that sense of knowing I belong in one place above all others without doubt.
I now ask myself how I can feel at home where I am at this very moment, in this place, with these experiences; each moment finding my way back home.
Does the degree of difference between our home country and the target country determine the degree of change we will experience upon returning?
Many descriptions of Reverse Culture Shock describe it as part of a continuum whereby eventually we’ll feel at home again in our native country and the vestiges of the “shock” will slowly wear off.
I have a pretty good idea of the sequence of events whereby we will get from here to there and I cherish this opportunity to head to my “other home” of Germany for an extended visit.
This website is provided for informational and entertainment purposes only and is not intended as a replacement or substitute for any professional financial, medical, legal, or other advice.My home town, which before had given me a sense of comfort and belonging, upon returning seemed stifling and bereft of warmth.I moved about my days feeling that something was missing but I had no idea what it could be.I don’t think there is really any way to describe this feeling to those who haven’t experienced it themselves. It feels as if we are floating aimlessly on restless waters. What, exactly, is it that causes us to feel this way?Why is it more pronounced when living in a different country than just living in a different city?