MOVING abroad can be a daunting experience but the Irish overseas have been sharing their cures for homesickness.
Judging by a thread posted to Reddit page recently, there are some simple solutions.
“I’m only away a week and it feels radically different,” lamented one nostalgic user. “I’ve been watching Irish paint magic on YouTube (guilty pleasure) but I still miss the craic from home.”
One user, who has lived in London for 11 years, admitted they still get homesick even after so many years.
“When I do get homesick, I usually get a few friends together (they don’t have to be Irish) and go to an Irish pub somewhere for the day.
“Sometimes I’ll make a good stew to get a bit of a taste of home. That cheers me up a bit too.”
Another Irish person, based in northwest England, bemoaned: “I’m in Chester right now, and it’s really hard to find anything Irish here. I know I’m an hour’s flight from Cork but I’m working most days so it gets to me.”
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Irish people in mainland Europe seemed to have had an easier time of brushing off homesick nostalgia than their Britain-based counterparts.
“I spent 10 years in Switzerland and Italy,” explained another user. “I was never once homesick, because I threw myself into my life abroad.
“If you’re living abroad, then go all-in, and commit to it, otherwise you’ll always be caught in the middle.”
Some didn’t miss the emerald hue of home at all.
“I never got homesick either. Every time I found myself on a plane bound for Ireland I was fairly sick that I was going home.”
Irish people overseas, why not see how your techniques for dealing with missing home compare?