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  1. Debi

    *mega hugs* I really feel you right now. I’ve been away from my family for over 15 years and I still have those moments of homesickness that overtake me. When we go home to visit I start getting sad my last few days because I know I have to leave. Then I cry all the way back. I miss the hugs, too. I don’t get nearly as many of them here as I got back home. Wish I could come up there and we could share a real hug together!

  2. Hotly Spiced

    I’m really not surprised and you shouldn’t be either. You are part of such a wonderful close family that missing them incredibly would have to be normal. What are your plans? Do you intend on coming back to Australia soon? xx

  3. Carla

    oh hannah.. it *will* pass… but there is also something so wonderful and beautiful and aching that you *know* where you belong and you have a *home* …. it took me 27 years to find that out…. like with all sadness.. sit with it.. have a pity party… read the books you love…

    when I was living in London.. .and had like $2… I was crying in an Italian restaurant one night to two other expats who had been living there for years. Both with the pinched faces of ‘knowing exactly how you feel’ but also with these stern mummy faces… Anando said to me “you dont know it now but this will be one of the most character building portions of your life and it’s a real blessing in disguise” … I wanted to lob my plate of pasta at her.. I was so hurt and bitter and angry and lonely…

    7 years later I look back at what she said to me.. and not only am I astounded at how true it was and how much it changed me but I feel so blessed I had someone to tell me that.. right at that moment.
    xxx

  4. chocolatesuze

    virtual *hug*

  5. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Awwww… sending you lots on non-creepy internet hugs. xoxo

  6. Chef Amber Shea

    Hugs to you.

  7. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Ah, dearest – sending you all the virtual hugs you can handle, and then a bonus one for good measure. I am always surprised when homesickness hits me, simply because I don’t expect it to when considering I’m generally excited to be away (and I’ve never been away for as long as you). I figure it does reflect well on the people back home that I am hit with missing them. In your case, the fact that it’s taken 8 months for it to hit you this hard – that reflects pretty amazingly on you.

    Any plans for your family to visit you? We both know this will pass, or as you say reduce, but having something to focus on during the passing is always helpful xox

    1. whisperinggums

      Hopefully yes, but not till next year!

  8. Emma

    And who ever thought in a million years they’d miss anything about Canberra? Every time my mum goes to the markets on a Sunday I get sad! But the best thing about Canberra and Australia and all the loving family and friends that inhabit it, is that they’ll be there for you whenever you need them. That’s why that dude wrote that song about calling Australia home, which I always hated but for some reason now makes me cry. You’re on the right path Hannah- you may just have underestimated the amount of cuddles required to stay on it.

  9. Gary

    *hugs* Hannah. Take care.

  10. Catherine

    Sending fellow exile hugs from Italy. I think you just have to accept that homesickness will always be there, in differing amounts, and sometimes it will shake through like an unreasonable being. I think you need to make a comfy enough home for it within you, a spare room (not too comfy though) where it can occasionally spend the night. There’s nothing wrong with it – it doesn’t mean your new life is less real or less valid or even the wrong or right path, it’s all just a part of the struggle to grow and move ahead. Go with it Hannah.

    (okay get down off your soapbox Caterina)

  11. Kath Lockett

    Of course you do – living overseas – and so many time zones apart it – makes the loved ones seem even further away as you have to count on your fingers and toes before picking up the phone or clicking on Skype. Even then, the weird loop-back sounds or patchy video doesn’t help, esp after you hang up and still find yourself in the place that you’d dearly like to take a tiny escape from.

    I’m sending hugs to you, dear Hannah. I may have Sapph, LC and Milly to hug, but I still miss so many people and things and ideas and events and simple pleasures that sometimes, it’s not funny.

  12. msihua

    I hug you! I don’t actually have your Canadian number :( BUt you have mine!! TAKO HUG POWER!

  13. whisperinggums

    While I’m very sorry you feel homesick, I’m a bit glad too. Is that awful of me? It’s just that it’s nice to know that your family (and friends) mean that much to you. Of course, the only reason I can feel a bit glad is because I know that really you are OK and are having a great time exploring the world and learning more about it and yourself. As they say in the classics, this too shall pass. In the meantime, lots of hugs coming your way. xxx

  14. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Isn’t it wonderful though, to know that you have so many people in your life that you love so dearly that the absence of them could hurt that badly? That pain you’re feeling is love, that should make you smile at least a little. *hugs*

  15. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Sending you virtual hugs, lady. xox

  16. Lisa @ bakebikeblog

    lots of virtual *hugs* for you lovely lady!!!!

  17. Keren

    Awwww, I feel like I sent you virtual puppy hugs a few days too early … but they’re always here for you.

    I have no long term travel experience so can’t really make an informed comment but it sure seems to me that the overall positives are going to be worth the homesickness … and of course it’s beautiful that you have such wonderful family and friends to feel that way about.

  18. Shenandoah Vegan

    I have lived within the same 50 mile radius my whole life. Don’t know what this ‘homesickness’ thing is.

  19. Robin

    I’m sending you a hug too. I know homesickness. It’s hard, and it comes at odd times. Hang in there!

  20. Ricki

    Hugs from me, too! And I think it’s so wonderful to have a family and home you miss that much. They must be very special indeed (but then, look at you!). :) xoxo

  21. Lou

    HUGS to you lovely lady…. just remember it’s perfectly normal to feel like this :) xxx

  22. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Darling Hannah, a big spay lady sized hug for you! xxx

  23. Johanna GGG

    wow 8 months is a long time to enjoy life before homesickness really hits – virtual hugs just don’t cut it sometimes but I will send you some anyway :-) I sometimes wonder how our ancestors coped who left their families and had the occasional letter from them if they were lucky. Social media and the ether help keep us afloat but there is something magical about just being in a room with people you love. Hope the visit to Lisa’s place helped!

  24. Jo

    Big hugs Hannah! sending lotsa love, chocolate and peanut butter!

  25. ash

    Huge hug for you Hannah. You are so wonderfully brave. I love how you’ve taken this in your stride; I think that’s the best way to go about it. (:

  26. Catherine

    You are doing so well over there, with all your adventures, and we are all super proud of you. I do hope the homesickness passes, and that you can steal some time with your loved ones in Australia again soon.

  27. Linda

    I guess it says a lot about you as a person (as if your blogs aren’t a clue to how warm and loving you are) that so many people miss you and the place you miss was so full of love and hugs. The folks who are lucky enough to know you in Canada will miss you when you head back and will miss your warmth–especially during those cold winter months. Hope the homesickness passes soon.

  28. Hannah

    HUGS! You need to make yourself a delightful hot chocolate, then sit down and reflect on how awesome Sondheim is and what is wrong with the world and then it could almost be like one of our Monday coffee sessions!

    Yeah, I know, its not quite the same. But if I’ve learned anything from all my moving etc, its that we find new ways of being close to the people that truly matter, and that is so worthwhile when you think about how rich all the new experiences and relationships make you. Eventually it stops feeling like its about past and present, but it can take a while, so while your exploring this part of it all, I’ll just send you little e-hugs like this.

  29. Emma

    And I am chuffed at myself for not really feeling homesick since moving to Maine. When I lived in France, I couldn’t make it through a phone call to my parents without breaking into tears. I cried left and right thinking about the wonderful people who were so far away.

    But now here, I feel so content that I feel like a bit of a bad person. I wish I felt homesick. Teach me, wise one.

  30. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

    aw, hang in there:) sending lots and LOTS of hugs:)

  31. Ashley

    Awww, sending lots of hugs! It is hard being away from home for so long, I was away for 6 months on exchange and that was more than enough for me! It’s good to have some time to be sad and miss home though, let some of that sadness out, so that you have more space for the excitement and joy your adventures will continue to bring you :)

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  33. Hannah

    I don’t feel quite so magnificent myself these days, but you do know you mean the world to me, right? I sure hope so. It’s just easy to overlook when I’m not in your space, reminding your everyday. Because you know I would if I was your neighbor, right? Consider this your virtual drop-in for the time being: You endlessly brighten up my life.<3

  34. Leah

    *hugs* dear Hannah, stay strong, it’ll pass :(

  35. Gmasydney

    I’ve just caught up with this post, dear granddaughter, and like WG am glad you are missing us sometimes ‘cos we miss you, too. But it is wonderful reading about all your activities and knowing you are coping just marvellously. Of course you will be homesick sometimes, and sometimes seeming to be overwhelmingly so – it’s the price you pay for travelling and I am sure you will know, if you don’t already, that it is a worthwhile price.
    Love you – I gave E your hug and got one back from him.
    Check your email for a little bit of Australia.

  36. Heathy

    Awww, totally understandable my dear! There is nowhere like home and family and familiarity. Wish you could pop over for a visit – if only it were that easy. But soon you MUST come visit us at our new place because it’s only one short plane ride away :) Sending you lots of love and bear hugs xxoxo (And Ally does too!)

  37. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    Oh dear I am going to give you a HUGE hug tomorrow! I know when I lived abroad it was around the 8 month mark for me too that homesickness became intense. It does pass, I promise :)

  38. hungryandfrozen

    Oh, honeybee.
    Homesickness comes from a place so deep inside it’s almost impossible to get hold of it and control it. But at least you know you have a whole lot of people hugging you all over the world, if not in person then in their minds.

    <3

  39. Fiona

    YES. This is what I’m missing too .To hug and be hugged :/

  40. Jasmine

    *Hugs* I’m sure what you are doing and striving towards what you want will triumph homesickness at the end of the day. Keep doing what you are doing :)

    1. Jasmine

      On another note, do come back to Canberra for a visit sometime! You’ll be pleased to know that quite a few new restaurants, nifty little places have opened up/are opening.

  41. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Oh! I’m late :( Soon I can give you a hug & we can have coffee & we can dance together, my sweet!! I would so be feeling the same, no doubt handling things far worse, if I were in your situation. I think you’re a shining star, you’re just amazing.
    Heidi xo

  42. Sig @ Melbourne Maharani

    I only saw this now and wish I could have responded sooner to give you the biggest, squishiest hug ever. It’s not too late??

    Cannot believe how awesome you are and for doing all of this by yourself. I understand the homesickness and missing of people, friends and the familiar.

    Secret note – life for me is going to change dramatically again in a few months so I will know this all too well as well. When that happens, I am going to remember you and how strong you were. *HUGS*

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