The 31 hardest things about coming home after living in Paris
- You miss your friends so bad that you start to cry everytime you see your photos together. You regret why you didn’t spent more time together.
- Wake up in your old bed and realized you’re not there anymore. You feel time flew so fast and it feels all just like a beautiful dream.
- You miss your old apartment so bad. No matter how small it is, you have so many memories there. That small room is your world. I also miss start my day with a croissant plus coffee while reading Le Parisian. So Frenchy.
- Looking old photos while you’re traveling is such a bad idea. Bring back so many memories. You feel as if someone punches you in stomach. You want to go back there but you can’t, it hurts so bad. Then you realized you maybe don’t have chance to do that again.
- Awkward rejection everytime I want to do "faire la bise" or two cheeks kiss. It feel absolutely normal in France but not here.
- You’re having difficulties to reconnect with your old friends. You can’t understand things they’re talking now. Works, families, babies. And it become really difficult for all of us to hang out again since they’re married now.
- You messed up your language. Your brain sometimes still stuck in your second language. You swear in French, and sometimes it’s funny you know the word in French but not in your native.
- You'll miss the Metro. No matter how smelly, crowded, or strike, it's still way better than stuck in traffic here. Plus with nice street musician or just looking around for cute French girl.
- Make a promise to visit all your friends and realizing that airplane ticket is too expensive. Skype alone wouldn’t help. You wish you can grab your screen and hug them. God, I miss them so much.
- You will miss the boulangerie with its yummy baguette and pattiserie. You don’t spend much money for food while you’re there to save your money, but now you won’t mind spent few times more expensive just to eat it once again.
- You'll miss getting lost in Paris. Every street looks the same there. No problem if you get lost, you'll find the metro eventually. Just walking around after school, window shopping, or eat pain au chocolat while walking. Nice.
- See my friends' face everytime I took them to see the Eiffel Tower for the first time. Priceless. And yes, I miss Eiffel now, especially while she's twinkling.
- You’re getting excited and incredibly jealous when your friend asked you for advice because they’re going to travel. You give so much advice that impossible for them to follow.
- Seeing your refrigerator full of magnets you collected. And you can't help not to smile while remembering when and where you bought it. You also save space for another magnet but you don’t know when you can fill it. Hurts.
- Regretting you didn’t go to all “touristy” thing because you told yourself you would get to it next month, next year, someday. But then, it's all too late. I should have went to Disneyland :(
- You'll miss the 4 seasons. Here there's only hot, and hot like hell. I love every seasons in Europe. And the sales after the season ends means shopping time!
- Just getting “how are you?” message from your friends or people you met during your travel can really make your day. What started with one sentence can end up to whole page reply.
- Upset when people tell how “lucky” you were to live abroad when they don’t know how hard your work to achieve that. You received so many rejection but still you keep going. Luck is just a tiny part.
- You smile everytime you see a movie where you’ve been there. “Ahh I know that place… I remember I went there…. “ And getting SHHHH from people behind you to shut up inside the cinema.
- You miss planning your trip, looking for hotel, and which place you will visit. And you open skyscanner to look for cheap price just for fun. How I miss traveling.
- Enjoying Christmas with its market while all people around you smiling and enjoy their time.
- Laugh everytime you remember bad experience during your traveling. Sometime bad memories are more memorable than the good one. And it's more exciting to tell.
- You’ll miss so much meeting new people you meet during your travel who now become your good friend. Sharing stories before going to bed, cook meals together, explore the city together and feel lucky to have someone who can take photo for you. Even you just spend one day together, you feel as if you’ve known them forever. And knowing you have friends waiting for you in place you never visit (and you will one day) is such a good feeling.
- You miss Couchsurfing someone. Your guest sometime can be your best friend. The idea is so beautiful. A complete stranger give you place to sleep, become your guide, even cooked for you. The next time you visit them, they’ll treat you like a king. I miss my “family” in Lithuania and many friends from US.
- You regret so bad you skip many class. Now I would love to pay to be allowed to enter the class I skip.
- You keep comparing the price everytime you do shopping. And swearing every time you drop 5 euro on something that was 1 euro back there, and feel weird how cheap stuffs in your country.
- Seeing your luggage you brought during your travel now start to get dusty. All you have is inside that one bag. You realize you don’t need newest gadgets, fancy clothes, or shiny jewelry. Your heart screaming for new adventure but you don’t have money or time anymore.
- Reading your old diary and realize that exactly today, years ago, you were there. And you always say “Oh my God, it’s been two years? It feels just like yesterday!”
- You’re having difficulties to re-adapt to your culture. You get pissed when someone stand on the left in escalator, you want to smack people who walk so slowly in front of you, or when you forget you have seat number in cinema.
- You realized you've changed. You feel you’re different than you before you go. All the experience help you to improve yourself. And you feel bless and lucky you have that opportunity while millions of people out there is just dreaming to get what you have.
- You’re not sure what “home” is. You physically there, but some part of you is still left behind out there. In many ways, abroad feel much more like home. But it helps you to get new motivation. You are willing to work hard now, earn enough money so you can come back there while meet your old friends and get new ones.