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For those of you that don’t know, I’m currently living in Thailand and teaching English.

I’m about a quarter of the way through the semester and this whole experience has been one wild ride so far.

As with anything, there have been plenty of ups and plenty of downs in this experience. At the moment, I’m feeling a little down and a little more homesick. I’m not sure if my students are behaving worse or if I’m losing my patience with them. I don’t think I’m the only one though. Everyone in my group seems pretty irritable right now. Also, we haven’t had water in 24 hours, which means no showers, and brushing our teeth with bottled water. No water definitely isn’t helping anything.

I’m trying to combat my homesickness by not thinking about it, because I’m pretty sure I’ll cry if I do, and alone time is rare here. I don’t like crying in front of people.

Update: I broke down a day or two after writing the first half of this post. It’s been a super stressful week, but I can’t complain. After all, I’m living in Thailand! I’m so blessed to be here, teaching these kids, and I’m so blessed to be following my dreams of traveling as much and as far as possible.

A few ways I’ve dealt with my homesickness: listening to music, talking about my homesickness, looking at photos of the people I miss, and crying. The tears only lasted for a few minutes before I was completely back to normal and feeling ready to take on the world.

Homesickness is a strange thing. For a split second, it makes you feel ungrateful for where you’re at, and wishing you were home. If you’re fighting homesickness, I encourage you to let the emotions fly. Once they do, you’ll feel a million times better. And once again, you’ll be grateful for where you’re at and the life you’re living.

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