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Home is where the heart is

I have not written in a while, but lots of things have been happening!

*Lots of beach time (look like a lobster at the moment)
*lots of kid playing
*lots shopping trips with parents and aunt
*new computer bought (although just figured out tonight that I am missing a cord, so I may not keep it if they can not replace it…what a shame…I really, really like it)

I have had a nice time visiting my parents so far. After living in Umea for four years, I have discovered that I am now a hybrid. I am not really American or really Swedish…I am something in between. There are things here that really bother me, like the lack of recycling and bike paths, and play parks on every corner. But in Sweden, I miss the availability of inexpensive products and the availability to my parents. All in all, I do feel like my home is Sweden. I feel at home there, I have made a home there. It is where my heart is.

July 31, 2004 in way too personal | Permalink

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I feel the same way. The in-betweenness is confusing at first, but it is also very liberating once you have accepted it, especially when you have also created a home somewhere.

Posted by: Stephanie | Aug 1, 2004 5:27:56 AM

How I follow you. I was brought up in Italy, went to school with people from all over the world but moved to Denmark, my native country, when I graduated... and after much confusion on my cultural identity, I have now settled on a third culture identity - the one of being in the no-man's land between the two. However, now after 5 years I know that Denmark is where my heart is at... and that this is my home. Realising that I am fine with this inbetween-ness, and at the same time being able to finally appoint a geographical space to call home gives me such a sense of belonging that I have longed for for a very long time.

Posted by: Elizabeth | Jul 31, 2004 8:55:30 PM