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Great advice – This definitely sums up what I’ve been experiencing! I returned to Canada after spending a year living in Tanzania for a university coop placement in early July. Wasn’t expecting my reverse culture shock to last this long.
Thank you so much for your comment, Ivy! I can relate…reverse culture shock has been a long-term issue for me too.
Great recommendations! I know that making that trip back to Germany and France is a way for me to feel like that cultural layer is still there. And it hasn’t disappeared. Something I’ve recently found really helpful is listening to old French songs on youtube! Our dad used to play it in the car on our trips from Vienna to Brussels or from Hamburg to Paris. And now whenever I play those songs, I become nostalgic! But it’s also heart-warming.
Thank you so much for your feedback and sharing your story, Olivia! I completely understand that feeling of heart-warming nostalgia. It’s like a never-ending yo-yo between ‘saudade’ and bubbly warmth. Music works well for me too – it’s almost like I have a soundtrack for each place I lived in.
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