I go through periodic bouts of homesickness whenever I am living in another country. I feel homesick in certain circumstances, such as on major holidays or when I’m sick. There are also chronological points at which I feel homesick. For example, I know that I will have a bout of homesickness 6-8 weeks after arrival. The initial excitement has worn off and the reality that I won’t see my friends, family and home for a long time hits me.
I’ve been here for 7 weeks and the current bout of homesickness is right on time. It is intensified by the uncertainty in my housing situation. But I know that this too shall pass. In a few weeks (hopefully!), I’ll be settled into my own home(s) here in Lithuania. I’ll be able to establish a routine and start working consistently on my research. And I’ll chat with various friends and family via Skype and be reminded that I’m not forgotten even though I’m far away. Homesickness is one of the hazards of this adventure I’m having and it’s worth a few tearful night every once in a while.