"I've always felt incredibly proud to have packed up my bags and moved someplace new. I still do---creating a life in a city where you know nobody is an achievement. Along the way, it's felt like an adventure; an experience I can imagine impressing my younger self with. If I'm honest, the idea of what could go wrong while living on a different continent from the people I love most never crossed my mind that much. It's never had to. It's always felt more like a vague murmur at the back of my brain, kind of like when you know you've forgotten to do something but can't quite put your finger on what it is. I'd always foolishly assumed that if everything went wrong for me here, I could simply go home. Then COVID-19 happened. Now I have this slow, intensifying ache in the pit of my stomach. It's a familiar feeling, but not one I'm particularly used to. It's homesickness." In her latest essay, our senior lifestyle editor @lalehannah (an expat in New York) writes about suddenly realizing how far from home she really is. Read in full at the link in bio. 📷: @bei.bei.wei
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