Foreign Places

Homesickness Part 2: Getting over the sickness

September 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

image provided by “” By Carla Martinez Being an international student is a tough job. All of a sudden you find yourself away from everything you’ve ever known, away from your family, friends and your usual routine just goes down the drain.  The feeling of detachment can prove to be overwhelming for some people. Janet van der Star, counsellor and professor at The [...]

Homesickness: When being away from home makes you sick

September 1, 2012 // 0 Comments

by Carla Martinez Many of us have experienced being away from home at some point whether it is for fun, work or study. Going to the unknown may sound like a grand adventure but what happens when the sense of adventure wears off and you start yearning for what you left behind? ‘Being away from home is not the same for everyone, nor do any two people react to it the same way,’ says Janet van [...]

Friendly Faces in Foreign Places

December 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

Jane Dean experiences a little bit of home in The Hague A while back driving home from Schiphol Airport we had an interesting encounter. It got us thinking about how we feel when we meet fellow countrymen thousands of miles from home. Our American home is New Orleans. Watching two New Orleanians meet outside of Louisiana and there will be a noisy back slapping, bear-hug of an embrace accompanied [...]