Originally Posted by ewe+lamb
You know, I completely agree that having bi/tri lingual children is a wonderful thing and the opportunity of experiencing different cultures, but it's the more personal problem of homesickness that I struggle with - it's so strong, its a longing I have and although I have accepted and am trying to make the best of where I am - thanks to a wonderful book called, Shelter for the Spirit by Victoria Moran, I wish I had found the book earlier, I still struggle with the everyday stuff, such as being surrounded by buildings and streets and the lighting rather than the open-ness, green-ness, mountains, the sea, it's actually important to me to see the countryside and be able to just sit and 'ahhhhhh' at the view, even if it is here in France or Algeria or Scotland, does any of that make sense?
I don't even think I can explain my homesickness at times because it's not logical, it just IS. I miss New Zealandness - certain plants and smells and accents and even types of faces, at times it can be quite intense.
I also get what EMS said about the honeymoon phase...def. been there too, and can recognise it in other expats
It's interesting because we've just come back home to BC from being in the Yukon for 2 months. Well, what a difference time elsewhere makes to your perspective. I was SO happy to be back home in Van. And I realised that I do have some real friends here, people that actually MISSED me when I was away. I love so much about Vancouver, really, it would be v. hard for me to live in NZ again, I suspect. I do really like the school system here in the elementary years - DD is in a great small fine arts elmentary that's public, a few minutes walk from our house- schools are great in nz too, but specialized ones like ours don't exist there yet, so I"m glad to be in BC for her sakes.
MS Apricot, I spent some time in Australia. Glad you're enjoying it. I know what you mean about standardized testing. I keep in touch with Oz news and seems like everyone's obsessed with school rankings and tafe scores, it's sad. I'd kill for their uniforms though