does living abroad make the heart grow fonder?Monday, September 29, 2014
I've been feeling nostalgic all weekend. It's a strange and sad feeling, and one I think most people who choose to live far away from the country they were born and grew up in must experience at least once.
For me, it's been the combination of a very busy week, and also having my parents visiting from New Zealand. In truth the last week has been easy on me - as Mum and Dad have been staying with my brother (who is also settled in the UK). My week was normal.
Tomorrow they come back to London, and back to me for another week and a half. And then it will be goodbye again - for who knows how long. One year, two years, three?
And that is the burden of being an expat and living abroad. Every day I weigh up the pros and cons. Travel vs family time. A job I love vs settling. Living in one of the biggest cities in the world vs one of the smallest.
Does living abroad make the heart grow fonder?