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April 18, 2012

Homesickness and culture clashes – by Anna

Does anybody else besides me ever get homesick? Is this an international student thing or does it happen to people from other parts of Britain too?

I have been mega-super-ultra-homesick recently. As you may know, I'm from America. Well really I'm from California. Actually no, I'm from San Francisco. (This is very important actually....it is first San Francisco and secondly California that I miss. I don't really miss America that much per se.) It's weird because I've lived in the UK for a total of nearly 6 years, which is long enough to start thinking of it as 'home' in many ways. If I go somewhere else, when I return to Leamington I say I'm going 'home' - even if I've been in the US. Although I also say I'm going 'home' when I'm flying to San Francisco.....so that's sort of confusing.

Also, when I'm in America half the people think I'm British because of my accent. Can you believe it? I know. It kind of feels like I belong in neither and in both places. I guess this is what people mean when they talk about being 'transnational'?

Anyway, despite all this, the homesickness still comes in waves. Every few months I'll have a big proper bout of it. I think it has something to do with the weather, as it always seems to be worst in the late fall when it's getting cold and we're settling in for another miserable winter, and in spring when it's SUPPOSED to be nice weather but isn't. San Francisco is not the warmest place on earth - most of the reputation for endless California sunshine applies more to southern California than to the northern bits - but it is mild and very often warm and sunny, and has long, dry summers which I miss like crazy (it stays cool in the city itself but the surrounding areas get very hot).

Growing up in California, the natural state of things was to have a tan - even a bit in winter. It never completely went away. After living in the UK for 2 years I reached what I fondly call Absolute White - the point at which my skin can't get any lighter. You know, the colour your @$$ is because it never sees any sunlight at all? When my whole body turned that colour, I pretty much despaired. (Not really, but a little.)

Yet despite all this, I still sometimes see or hear British things that surprise me. I consider myself more or less totally conversant in British English now - my supervisor has insisted all along that I use British spellings etc in my thesis, for example. Yet I still occasionally hear a Britishism I hadn't heard before. 'Nesh' is one I heard recently - apparently it means 'sensitive to cold', which totally describes me!

Here is my all-time favourite resource for how to 'translate' what British people say:

What British people say...

So true! :)

Does anyone else have any homesickness or 'culture clash' stories to tell?


July 31, 2011

Visting places in England – by Faisal

hey, I have been in england for 10 months, and its a pity that I have'nt been around, except visiting london most of the time. London because my relatives live there, and evertime I get a bit of time they want me to visit them. Most of my friends have been around. Actually I wanted to visit england on car with friends, but the problem is most of my friends are stuck in doing their MS thesis.

With the burden of writing and passing the degree they are not in a position to go for vacations. Although this is a perfect time because its summer, and its gona end soon. I wish I could utilize this opportunity. Anywz my friends are willing to go in winter, but whats the use of going in winter,:-(.

So I am living in england with this guilt that I have'nt seen this beautiful country, I wish I could fly and see all the England. I am not gona lose my hope, and will visit all england soon. Any1 wana accompany ? hehe :-)


July 30, 2011

A guest visiting from your home country – by Faisal

Hey, My cousin recently came to visit me for two days, It is our culture to entertain our guests and relatives to the fullest extent, by devoting all our time. This is what I exactly did for two days, I was his guide arround warwick, his advisor chef, his entertainment planner, etc etc, I am not complaining, this is what we like to do from our heart for our guests so that he/she may remember us in good memories.

Two days went really fast, and I cannot believe he has left. I felt like I was back in my country hanging out with him. I showed him place in coventry, although there is'nt much to show. We went for squash, cricket, etc, yesterday night we went to see TRANSFORMER 3D, and it was an amazing experience. It was my first movie over here in Cinema and especially in 3D.

I had invitied some of my frnds as well, so we were a group of 5 people. We ordered chinese meal for the dinner, and then some french fries, and drinks to go along. In total it was chilling time for me for two days, I realize it rare that I am so detached from research and get the time to look up in the sky. I had a wonderful time with my cousin and friends in two days. Awesome! but now back to work :-(


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