Today is the real first day that homesickness has hit me. Everyone in the foreign exchange program told me that this time would come. Up until now, I have been in the “vacation” stage. Life has just felt like an extended vacation. But not anymore. Today it feels like everything here sucks. It doesn’t really and I like it here 95 percent of the time but today it is really hitting me hard. I mainly miss my family and all the comforts of being home but it’s the little things too. Today is my sister’s 18th birthday and this is the first time I haven’t been home for anyone in my family’s birthday. Right before I left my sister and I were the closest that we had been in a while and it makes me sad that I can’t be there for her birthday, especially for this big of a birthday. I know we will celebrate her birthday properly when she comes here (the drinking age here is 18) but birthdays are a big deal in my family.
I miss running errands with my mom, I miss driving (anywhere), I miss laughing at the silliest things with my sister, I miss my friends at home, I miss dinners with my dad, I miss my step-dad’s stories that I hear a million times, I miss absolutely everything about my boyfriend. I know my family and boyfriend will be here in about a month but this next month is going to seem like a lifetime.
I know that I am pretty much in the culinary capital of Europe and all and I should be eating and trying all the new things I can but I can’t help but miss food from home. I think I would trade an arm and a leg for a taco bell meal. It’s not just fast food either. I am so sad that I will miss Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays – what’s better than great food with people you love. Luckily I won’t have to spend Thanksgiving alone. Chris will be here to visit me. I think I miss homecooking (American style) the most, I need some of mama’s meat loaf and chicken salad (I know, I know, most people think those are the two grossest foods ever). My mom always says that whenever anyone is having a bad day or needs cheered up or the day just isn’t going right that chicken salad will solve everything. I am definetly in need of some chicken salad today.