This weekend I had a friend come to stay with me, and quite frankly she was in right old state. Her problem was that she was homesick. She was born in England and has lived in Spain for 5 years. Whilst she has many friends in this part of the world (me included), she has come to the conclusion that England is where she wants to be.
Many of you reading this might think “why”? Spain is one of the sunniest countries in Europe and has a very relaxed way of life. This is far from the hustle and bustle of England and those torrential downpours that blight the English summer, but is this enough to leave your home country? The simple answer is no! My poor friend has family back in England and she also recently lost her job here in Spain.
As I write this, she is preparing herself for a flight back “home”. Given the recent events in her life, sunny days and a relaxed way of living are no longer important to her. What is important is her happiness and that’s why I felt the need to write this blog.
If you’ve recently moved to another country and you’re finding it hard to settle in, the one thing I will say is give it at least 12 months. I’m from the UK and I know it takes time. However, there are no guarantees in life so you should make sure you can move back to your home country if that’s what you decide.
Having said all of this, there are many people who are quite happy living as ex-pats and I’m one of them. All that’s left to say is that I hope my friend finds what she’s looking for and if she ever wants to come back to Spain I’ll happily give her somewhere to stay.
Author: Julie Coburn