Thoughts upon returning to the US after 5 years in Korea

I could write about my own experience’s going back to the states but this was so well done I decide to add a link so the reader could get a take on what it’s like for another person to return to the states after an extended stay overseas. I  have lived overseas many different times for many years  and have after having returned to the states can certainly understand the various feelings this writer is talking about, perhaps you can get a better idea of what it’s like. What happened.

He had changed but the place was  pretty much the same-and no one who hasn’t traveled can quite “get” how the returning person feels or even why they traveled or would even the want to leave the USA, friends and relatives and all the USA has to offer again.

If anybody would like to comment on this side be interested in reading the comment and responding if you’d like.

Later, j

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6 thoughts on “Thoughts upon returning to the US after 5 years in Korea

  1. Thought you said we wouldn’t hear much from you!

    Thanks for the great article.

    I sent it to a friend who decided to retire and come back to the US after teaching overseas for her entire career. There have been so many changes that she is about to go back to the country she worked in for 40 years, where she knows how things work and has her social network in place. She doesn’t feel at home here anymore.

    • Hi Rob, Surprise! Really, this struck me as worth linking to since. It was another person’s feelings in his own words speaking of a different country and a different state than mine but expressing similar observations. I have no dog in this fight, come here or stay put, make me no difference……but I know how one’s take on the world and how priorities can be radically changed to see how other folks in other cultures live their lives. Just another idea to chew on….

      • Actually, I lived in Germany for a couple years a long time ago and when I came back to the US, my world-view had changed and it was awkward getting used to life in the US,again.

  2. Hi
    I lived in Kuwait for 5 years and then moved back to the US for four. We are now preparing to move to Panama!! Your sentence struck a chord:”He had changed but the place was pretty much the same-and no one who hasn’t traveled can quite “get” how the returning person feels or even why they traveled or would even the want to leave the USA, friends and relatives and all the USA has to offer again.”

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