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Swiss Sickness

So I have been back in Australia now, I guess close on 6 weeks.
I am really missing being overseas and with the friends I made there,
basically just missing being there. Also doesn't help my girlfriend is still there and wont arrive here for another 5 or 6 weeks.

It sux to be understanding everything again, because I have just realised how much complete crap people can sometimes go on with, and how nice it was to not understand EVERYTHING all the time.

Is this normal to be experiencing such feelings since I have arrived back? Shouldn't I be happy to be back?
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Old 06.02.2008, 06:00
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Re: Swiss Sickness

Happy is what you make it? Okay, mild sarcasm (okay, but not really), but your situation is what it is so I say 'buck up, young soldier, and at the moment you won't be able to change your location, so try and focus on the positive' Can you see family members you've missed? Can you eat that food you haven't been able to? Can you go somewhere you've longed to see while you were gone?

Sorry you miss your girlfriend, that must be hard to be experiencing opposite culture shock while missing the one you love. Just remember how fast time can go and 5-6 weeks will go by pretty quickly.

I do understand though how it is to all of the sudden be able to understand everything everyone says around you. Cause honestly, people talk about some pointless sh*t.
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Re: Swiss Sickness

I hear ya, mate. It's not easy to switch back to being back in familiar surroundings. The excitement disappears. People don't want to hear about how much fun you had on the other side of the world. The rosy picture of how good some things are back home that you have unknowingly built up in your mind crashes into reality. And yeah, people everywhere talk crap and it's annoying to be able to understand more of it. It's not easy.

But don't worry, it's normal to feel down after returning home, even after 6 weeks, and especially if your loved one is not yet with you. I've been down this road too and while it's no picnic, I can safely say that it's not permanent.

As chem says, make the most of your time back. Catch up with friends, enjoy all the food and grog that you have been missing out on (when i last returned to australia, i think i ate nothing but seafood for a week), simply be selfish and do the things that you alone want to do.

When your girlfriend finally makes it there, it will be important that the two of you don't cut yourself off completely from your life at home - that makes things really uncomfortable. So it's important to re-establish any roots that you have as soon as you possibly can.

And it will gradually become fun again to be at home. It just takes a bit of time and conscious effort. Hang in there.
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Re: Swiss Sickness

Yes it is very normal, they say that often the culture shock involved in coming home is the largest because you did not expect it.

I would also try to enjoy typical Australian things you missed doing in Switzerland (the beach?), so you will reappreciate home more quickly. And, your girlfriend not being there is probably the biggest factor, so you will feel so much better once you are together again, so try to enjoy small things in the meantime
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Re: Swiss Sickness

Lol, gotta laugh. I really understand where you are coming from Aussie. There was a time in business, Geneva being home, when I was alternating two months Asia/Australia, two months Geneva for a couple of years. While I'm sure I made the best of both, I got so mixed up after a while I had to stop it.
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Re: Swiss Sickness

Think of all of the wonderful things in Brissy that you couldn't do in Switzerland! James St Markets, New Farm Park, Teneriffe, fresh food, fresh seafood, salt n' vinegar chips, being able to read the newspaper, even Red Rooster ... (I don't presume these also appeal to you!)

This is the effect of travelling and living overseas - it makes you appreciate the finer things in life, and realise what makes you happy. Things will hopefully improve once your girlfriend arrives, and you can reassess your situation then. Perhaps it is your girlfriend who you are missing and not Switzerland itself?

Besides, you can always move back to Switzerland ... They say that "home is where the heart is", and perhaps you now realise where your "home" is meant to be?

But take advice from the above posts, and try to enjoy your time back in Brissy. You might soon remember the things that annoyed you about Switzerland and soon you'll appreciate being back home.

P.S. having said the above, I think I would also desperately miss Switzerland if I had to suddenly leave ...
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