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Finding a Piece of Home

Today’s post won’t be the usual beauty one and I’m sure that most of you won’t even read it. However, if you are interested in my thoughts, please go on.

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Yesterday happened something unusual – I felt a bit homesick for the first time since I’ve moved out, which means roughly 2 years ago. To be honest, I’ve never truly missed my Bulgarian home, at least not as mush as they’ve told me I would. This is perhaps because I’m living with other fellow Bulgarians, and we don’t really allow the Bulgarian in us to die. Anyway, maybe homesick is not the best word to describe what I’ve felt, and maybe it’s just happened for 3 minutes, but oh that moment was so blissful! It just made me thinking of home…

So, there was this Eastern-European store with so many different products from Russia, Romania, Poland, and.. Bulgaria! I believe only people living in a different country would be able to understand my excitement here but the moment I’ve entered this place, I felt like the time outside has stopped for me! It was such a tiny store but the lady working there was so warm! I’d smile from ear to ear because I’d hear someone speaking similar language, looking just like me. And the most important of all – they had my most favourite food that I’ve dearly missed so much! It felt like I was at the local supermarket, helping granny pick some groceries for dinner. This feeling I can only compare to smelling pancakes that instantly bring you back to your childhood.

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Smells like a cheat day to me, no?

We have this Bulgarian saying that goes something like that: ‘Man’s love goes thought their stomach‘. This child-pure excitement wasn’t only because of the food (okay, fine, it was). I have simply felt as a part of something, just like being at home, away from being labeledย  ‘immigrant’ or ‘foreigner’. That’s just a feeling that cannot be described with words.

If you’ve managed to reach this point – thank you for reading! I’d love to share your experience from living abroad!

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27 Comments

  • Reply janahpinku

    Lovely read and lovely title. It must have been such a heavenly feeling to find home in a foreign land. It’d be great to share more of your stories about living overseas! We’d all love to read that.๐Ÿ’•

    March 30, 2017 at 5:17 pm
    • Reply brushyneedle

      Thank you for being such a sweetheart (as always <3). That is actually a pretty good idea you've just gave me, I would really love to share some more! x

      March 30, 2017 at 5:19 pm
  • Reply Lee

    I don’t have any experiences to share but I did manage to reach the end of your postโ˜บ๏ธ it’s always a good day when you’re able to have your favorite food

    March 30, 2017 at 11:08 pm
    • Reply brushyneedle

      Aw you’ve just made me smile <3 Thank you for that! Sometimes it's hard to find your favourite stuff abroad and it's an amazing feeling when you actually do!

      March 30, 2017 at 11:31 pm
      • Reply Lee

        Glad I could๐Ÿ˜Š no problem๐Ÿ’–

        March 31, 2017 at 12:44 pm
  • Reply anjage

    I also like this feeling when I find a piece of my home while being abroad. It straight away makes me smile ๐Ÿ˜€

    March 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply brushyneedle

      Absolutely, imagine being abroad for such a long time, can’t not make you smile even bigger! Thanks for reading x

      March 31, 2017 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply mbaandmoscato

    Cool read! I’m so glad that you got to experience a little bit of home while visiting that store! Just out of curiosity, how many languages do you speak? I find it amazing how individuals from other cultures are often multilingual!

    April 2, 2017 at 3:25 am
    • Reply brushyneedle

      I speak English fluently, can get a bit of German, and my mother language is Bulgarian, so I can understand pretty much every other Slavic language – Russian, Polish, Slovak, Serbian, and so on. ๐Ÿ™‚

      April 2, 2017 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply hanxolo

    Never lived abroad though ,but since Nigeria is pretty large and filled with diverse ethnicities and cultures ,travelling to a different region could almost be compared to staying in a foreign land ,and I know the feeling I get when I’m able to spot a restaurant that serves the local delicacy I love or seeing someone from the same part of the country as me ..its warm and awesome

    April 3, 2017 at 4:09 am
    • Reply brushyneedle

      I’ve just googled Nigeria to get it know better. It looks like an amazing and diverse place, indeed! Wish one day I would visit it and I also wish you to get the chance to explore even more new places!

      April 3, 2017 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Nostalgia Diaries

    I’ve never lived abroad but always wanted to. I always thought it would amazing to live in Italy for a while ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 3, 2017 at 10:39 pm
  • Reply Octopuis

    I’m glad you’re so comfortable in the UK that you rarely feel too homesick ๐Ÿ˜€ That’s a good thing cause it means you like wherever you are.
    I’m a bit different from your case because chinatowns are everywhere lol so I never really have trouble finding Chinese goods…

    April 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply brushyneedle

      There are many Chinese people everywhere indeed! Must be amazing to meet new people on regular basis, it must feel like you never left home!

      April 4, 2017 at 1:13 pm
  • Reply Octopuis

    I wonder if you guys have a lot of Chinese stores in Bulgaria?

    April 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm
    • Reply brushyneedle

      We have a few, but not that much as other cities, I guess. We have these tiny shops where people sell different oils or pills, I personally know one shop owner, who came in Bulgaria with his family and speaks the language very well. There are many many restaurants that are again run by Chinese. Bulgaria is now getting more popular destination for the Chinese, I tend to see a lot more of them! We (as a government) also try to build relationships and so on. I’m sure if you visit Bulgaria you will like it very much! x

      April 4, 2017 at 1:17 pm
      • Reply Octopuis

        Yes, I always feel comforted by the fact that no matter where you drop me off on the map, I’ll land somewhere with a Chinese population :/
        I’m not very familiar with Eastern Europe, will definitely check out Bulgaria if I can plan a trip ๐Ÿ˜€

        April 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm
  • Reply Szilard Biro

    With not the same kind of experience but in someways i can relate ๐Ÿ˜€ i live in hungary and i’m planning to go to university in holland, went there for open day and for the first time i felt home. People there were interested in the same kind of things as me, making the same jokes as me which i cant really do here in my hometown. It is far away, but i miss being there, even thought i was there only for a day. I think i should write about it ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you for the inspiring! Hope you are having a good time!

    April 4, 2017 at 7:16 pm
    • Reply brushyneedle

      Thank you for stopping by! I also believe university is the place where you meet like-minded people and make friends, and not high school. Wish you good luck with it!

      April 4, 2017 at 7:19 pm
  • Reply lilbeccs

    Aww love this! I moved away from my hometown a few months ago and every now and then I get a sort of home sick pain. You’re right, it’s very brief, but I think it’s just your brain making sure you don’t forget where you’re from! Xx

    April 4, 2017 at 7:50 pm
    • Reply brushyneedle

      Absolutely, I knew someone going through the same experience would understand. Hope you are doing fine at the new place x

      April 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm
  • Reply eliza rudolf

    Well โœ’ penned๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„

    April 17, 2017 at 9:00 am
  • Reply Strictly Lighthearted

    I know exactly what you mean and could relate to this post so easily! I love posts which help readers get inside the mind of the writer … This one put a smile to my face ๐Ÿ™‚

    April 18, 2017 at 5:16 am
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