It’s been a while since I wrote a post about my experiences as an expat, not because I forgot or didn’t want to, but because I’m back in Italy now, for the summer break. Because I thought that I would only have those kind of ideas just when actually being abroad, I didn’t include any of those kind of articles on my post schedule.
Well, I was wrong.
As I told you previously in this post, since I spend most of my time outside of Italy now, the feelings I have of home have definitely changed. What I realised during this period is that not just that kind of feeling are different, but many others:
SHORT & LONG TERM THOUGHTS
It’s as though my head is constantly focused on two things at the same time: on one side I am here, thinking about my daily activities and things to do at home, on the other side I am making lists about what I will need for my next relocation, what to bring with me, wondering how will my last year of college be, how my flat will look like…
There are times when I say to myself ” Lisa, stop and live in the moment”, but then, in such a spontaneous and normal way, my concerns and excitements about this new start pop into my mind and I can’t really focus anymore.
WAYS TO APPROACH NEW PEOPLE
I actually realised that since I moved abroad by myself, I am way less shy and closed off in situations where I do not know many people. Maybe because in an environment where most of the people are international students, nearly everyone is looking forward to meeting new people. I kind of have this same feeling here when I go out with my friends, and I have to admit that it’s quite weird sometimes because it’s like I am showing a side of myself which I never thought I had (quite good though.. 🙂 )
READJUST OLD & NEW WAYS
I have noticed that, for certain aspects, it takes me a while to realise I’m back in Italy. For example, while waiting for the train or bus, since living in the UK or Denmark they are practically always on time (or even earlier sometimes), I get annoyed here if they’re not. But it’s actually normal!! I didn’t mind before moving abroad if the bus was 5-10 min late, so I guess I just need time to get used to this 🙂
My sister makes jokes of me saying that I’m not able to state a complete sentence in Italian without including at least one English word… I mean it’ not true…I don’t always do that…but when I don’t say an English word out loud I am still thinking about it haha 🙂
No really, I realise that sometimes the first term that pops into my mind is in English rather than in Italian or that I translate English ways of saying things, which in Italian make no sense (or vice versa), and people just look at me like if I’m drunk!
What about you? What changed in you since you’ve moved abroad? Or have you ever felt different after coming back from a special trip? I would love to hear your experience! 🙂