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Homesickness [20100731|00:16]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Homesickness doesn't hit you in the forms you're expecting. It doesn't arrive when you're on your once-a-week phone call to your parents, 6000 miles away. It doesn't arrive when you're describing the beauty of your homeland with wistful nostalgia to your non-expat friends.

It even lets you hum along happily for months at a time, thinking that you're perfectly acclimatized to a place after living there for years.

No, homesickness is a nastily patient little bugger. It waits until you're weak. It knows that the time it can smite you with greatest might is when you're going home at midnight from your hard-won non-expat friends' house, having consumed a repast consisting largely of several glasses of bubbly. When the craving for your favourite crap post-booze-session meal hits you hardest, and it is a thing that you cannot possibly hope to obtain from many miles in any direction: a refried-bean-and-cheese burrito from a mustachioed Mexican in a cockroach-infested taco truck whose English makes his bellow of your order to the cook sound like bin-and-chiss.

Sucker punch.
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[User Picture]From: nationofsheep
2010-07-30 23:35 (UTC)
I had that same feeling in Hong Kong. Until we found Taco Loco in the mid levels. Hope you can find something similar. But I know the feeling.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 21:52 (UTC)
It's a fairly small price for an otherwise adjusted and harmonious existence, but damn, it's painful when it comes time to pay it!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 21:54 (UTC)
It's never the big, important or expensive things, is it. It's the little sweet pleasures you spent years taking for granted.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2010-07-31 00:51 (UTC)
If you'd like, I'll mail you one :)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 21:56 (UTC)
Aw, thank you for the thought. But you'd have to find a way to pack, refrigerate and probably sneak it past customs, which would never work, not to mention be expensive!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 21:56 (UTC)
*clinks glasses with you*
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2010-07-31 03:59 (UTC)
aw.
yeah. I have "place" sickness... Like for Arizona, which was my home for a while and for Cali which was my home for longer...and when I was in both those places for NY, which was not nearly as humid in my memory as it is in real life.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:06 (UTC)
I must admit, I don't have a lot of sentimentality about Los Angeles. I know how much it stinks, how stiflingly hot it is in summer and how bad the traffic is. It would take a pretty monumental bean-and-cheese burrito craving to make me contemplate moving back.
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From: pbristow
2010-07-31 13:18 (UTC)
My sincerest commiserations.

I believe I'm in full accord with my shiny little ADHD alter-ego when I say *BURRRRR-IIIIII-TOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!*

That is all. [NODS FORMALLY]
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:06 (UTC)
Is there any other way to say burrito? I think not.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2010-07-31 15:42 (UTC)
So, there's this one place in Chicago called Taco Burrito King, which is pretty much exactly that, sans the truck part. One drunken night in Glasgow, when what I didn't really want was chips and cheese, and what I really did want was a taco with salsa that comes from a squeezy bottle, I Had An Idea.

I was going to boot one of the endless chip shops from its narrow little space. And I was going to open... Taco Burrito Duke of Edinburgh! And make a mint!

Which is to say... I feel you. Oh yeah.

(Also... nothing like being drunk to bring on the homesick weepies!)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-07-31 22:29 (UTC)
Maybe that should be my next venture when I tire of this whole Cambridge-London commuting business.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2010-08-01 03:45 (UTC)
yeah, just saw pics from a crawfish boil that's happening and I want to cry a bit.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-01 07:54 (UTC)
It's so hard when there's absolutely nothing you can do to satisfy the craving.

Considering the general love of seafood, it seems a little strange that crawfish boils just aren't a west coast thing at all.
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[User Picture]From: cataragon
2010-08-01 12:54 (UTC)
Oh, I so feel this.

It just gets worse when you go different places, because you get attached to new stuff. If you went back now, you'd probably find you had attached yourself to British things and got the same thing in reverse.

Stupid global living.

I get around it a bit by obsessively collecting odd ingredients and teaching myself to cook things I love (for NZ-when-overseas, it's meat pies and fish and chips and various kinds of baking - the US set is more Mexican food and pumpkin pie and waffles and things). It is, however, not a practical solution for the drunken munchies.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2010-08-01 18:56 (UTC)
It just gets worse when you go different places, because you get attached to new stuff. If you went back now, you'd probably find you had attached yourself to British things and got the same thing in reverse.

Exactly! It's so unfair!

Ooh, speaking of enabling the creation of longed-for dishes, we're growing pumpkins in the garden specifically so I can make pumpkin pies in October/November. This makes me disproportionately happy.
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