My story living abroad – Part I

“One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”

– Andre Gide

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The whole idea of having only bought one way ticket made me wonder… The world seemed daunting but I was determined to make my way in it.

I can think of about a hundred things I wish someone had told me before I left.

I had two addresses, two languages, and two currencies in my wallet.

Suddenly I was part of two worlds – my old and my new home.

Getting a care package (a box of treats from back home)! Trust me, everything in said package will taste a gazillion times better than any food that hasn’t traveled the world. My chosen care-package strategy was becoming a master rationer who makes everything last for as long as possible.

Goodbyes get easier (sort of). Maybe it’s because I know that I can go home and curl up on my bed or my couch and both will smell familiar.

Maybe I become a magician and I’ve developed my way to temporarily turn off all my emotional organs…

Or perhaps is just a conscious decision to start focusing on the hello that comes after the goodbye.

(To be continued)

©Postcard from life lately July 2020 ©All Rights Reserved

9 thoughts on “My story living abroad – Part I

  1. Sonia, this part 1 is powerful especially in this world today. GOOD FOR YOU for not compromising your life to fear. I am SO proud of you! How exciting yet terrifying at the same time that you are embarking on a brand new segment of your life. I so look forward in learning how you proceed.

    The quote “One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” REALLY spoke to me hugely! Those words and your actions living an example of what it is like to continue to live regardless, encouraged me immensely today. I am so thankful there are people in this world who refuse to be defeated to pandemonium and propaganda. Thank you!! xo

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    1. It was the scariest, most challenging and uncertain time of my life till 2017 – when we found out the health problem of my paryner- and the testing times we are currently living with this virus.

      What you can see at the time is how important these experiences are to show you of what you are made of and to help you build resilience, strength and grit, to be grateful for our present and don’t take our present, our now, as granted.

      Though I didn’t feel at the time and I was not able to see it at the time, today I am really grateful for all I been through. It brought me do far and made me so much stronger.

      Thank you do much for your lovely comment, dear Amy.


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      1. Sonia, I understand perfectly. I too have had some very difficult years and now what is happening, has been the most horrendously huge Learning Lesson rolled up in many Lessons of my life. There have been times I didn’t think and sometimes still do, I will not make it. I’ve had several very big signs lately for me to stop listening to man and to get back where I belong …. listening only to my Inner Guidance. And that is what I am doing right now!
        Both of us are stronger for our experiences, wiser, with much evident growth in every aspect of our lives. Looking back just a mere short months ago I compare who I was then to who I am now and there is a huge difference. Taking each day as a gift and learning how to create our own bubbles of happiness in the midst of intense turmoil, will probably be the Greatest Challenge of our lives.
        I too am very very grateful for what I have walked through. Is it fun while I walked? NO! Yet here both of us are, still breathing, coming so very far in our respective journeys. Bless you, dear friend. Know you are loved. xo


    1. Most certainly do. Savour and be grateful for each second, each minute, each hour, each day, each week, month and year, and live each to the fullest.

      Hope you are we, dear Diana. Unprecedented times we are living, but times that will help us build our gratitude, resilience and grit for the future.


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