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Dealing with homesickness in Colombia

Hello everyone,

Being an expat in Colombia can turn out to be a wonderful human, social or professional adventure... with potential moments of nostalgia and homesickness along the way.

What are your personal tips to prevent homesickness?

How do you deal with such feelings?

Are there shops or stores offering products from your home country in Colombia? Or maybe venues with music and ambiance from your homeland?

Thanks for sharing your experience,

Priscilla

Top Ten Ways to Combat Homesickness in South America....

10.  email

9.  Skype

8.  social media

7.  Expat gatherings

6.  Monday Night Football

5.  expat.com

4.  photo album

3.  listen to music from back home

2.  TV shows from back home

And the #1 way to combat homesickness....

1.  Plan a trip back home.

Strange enough after working in Colombia for 10 years and being here in Kuwait which I do not mind I regard Colombia as a home and miss Colombia.

If you don’t mind sharing what you miss about Colombia, please tell us, Coldon.

cccmedia in Medellín

Hi,
living in Kuwait now for three weeks and will be here for a couple of years a money run. But returning to Colombia as I have a apartament in Bogota.  Third time here in Kuwait so know what to expect with culture and life.  What do I miss about Colombia.  My girl friend who is in Bogota.  The life and the music and the spontaneous behaviour which although sometimes can drive you mad I miss.  The Caribbean Coast and certainly Medellin.  Will be back at Christmas to catch with friends and loved ones.  Wow its hot here in Kuwait but slowly cooling down. In general the sprit of Colombia.

Coldon wrote:

What do I miss about Colombia?  My girl friend who is in Bogota.  The life and the music and the spontaneous behaviour.... The Caribbean Coast and certainly Medellin.  Will be back at Christmas to catch with friends and loved ones.  Wow its hot here in Kuwait.

Hot in Kuwait, Coldon ?  I’ll say it’s hot.  According to weather.com, it’s already 110 degrees Fahrenheit or 43 Celsius in Kuwait City today! :o

Glad for you that you’ll be able to visit Colombia for the holidays. :)

By the way, it’s been in the high 70’s F. this week in Medellín, the high temps. :cool:

cccmedia in Medellín

Yer pretty hot here.  I am to be honest not a big fan of the climate in Bogota despite having an apartament there.  However Medellin has a great climate.  The eternal spring etc.  Enjoy Colombia

Hi!
My partner is currently in the US with me and will go back to New Zealand to finish his studies-he is from Colombia. To combat his homesickness for Colombia, we always talk about it and listen to salsa music while cooking! Recently, we found a mexican grocery store in our town that sells arepas and pony maltas. I think it is fun to include aspects of his country and experiencing the US at the same time :)!
G

dinodna wrote:

My partner is currently in the US with me.... To combat his homesickness for Colombia.... Recently, we found a mexican grocery store in our town that sells arepas and pony maltas.

Pony malta, y’say.  I had never heard of it. :unsure

It’s a malt soft drink made in Colombia and distributed to Panama, all the countries on the Pacific Coast of Suth America, and Spain.  (Wikipedia)

I’ll look for it at Carulla.  I’d like to try a Pony malta.

cccmedia in Medellín

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