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Yesterday I was homesick. It snuck up on my while I wasn't looking and completely suprised me. Nearly bowled me over in a shower of tears at a meeting at work. Not a great look really. I had to excuse myself to the bathroom, stand in front of the mirror and talk myself out of bursting into tears. I've never done that before (stand in front of a mirror and talk to myself.). I felt like I was in a movie. Except I wasn't.
All of a sudden I was overwhelmed by a longing to be back in Australia. I think it was a picture I saw on someone's blog - that, and an email from home. I love winter in Australia. It's almost my favourite time of the year. The crisp mornings, the dampness under foot, the light that is gentle and kind with a faint glint of warmness. I miss the colours of Australia - the silver greys, olive greens and muted browns. When I first visited Europe I can remember thinking of the old european masters "that's why they painted everything so green". Because it is over here. I miss my friends and my family. I miss seeing my nephews grow from babies into little boys. I miss weddings and births and birthday celebrations. And mostly this doesn't bother me too much because I love Berlin and my life here is great. But yesterday it did.
But thankfully these days don't last very long and today when I rode my bike to work I looked to my left and saw the TV tower and thought - wow, I'm in Berlin. How cool is that?
I still haven't really found a remedy for homesickness and I don't think talking to your reflection is necessarily the best answer. I'm interested, what do you do when you miss home?