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Home Sickness

It’s only been a couple of days since my last post, so I’ll keep this brief. Homesickness is in no way what I expected. It’s rather like any time in your life when people you care about move away, or perhaps you’re really busy and don’t have the time to do the things you would like to do. I miss Irn Bru, Dundee United, my friends, girlfriend, family, and general calamity of life in Scotland. The hardest part is feeling that you are out of the loop, somehow life seems to move on without you and you’re stuck static. Whilst none of that is true, it’s how it feels during the increasingly long, creepingly cold, nights.

This post is really a shout out. I’ve always been a bit of a political anorak, so I was delighted to be introduced to the blog BetterNation last year. Whilst watching the election results trickle in on that fateful eve in May; Iain, Andrew, Gary, and myself were glued to BetterNation for a bit of analysis. Gary and I (the two SNP members in the room) were apprehensive to believe what we were seeing, we couldn’t risk the notion that a majority could be possible, lest it disappear in front of our eyes. We needed affirmation from our favourite political blog.

Now that I’m in Sweden a helpful alleviation of that, ‘I’m out of the loop feeling’, is to follow BetterNation. Ironically, the authors of BetterNation are ex-pats themselves, exiled in London for their sins. But it helps me keep track of the goings on in Holyrood. So thanks.

Do you think there’s enough links in this post? Here’s one more for good measure: http://www.betternation.org/






Comments on: "Home Sickness" (4)

  1. Iain Menzies said:

    now my memory might be playing tricks on me but didnt i point you in the direction of better nation?!

  2. Yes Mr. Menzies, you did.

  3. jeffbreslin said:

    Jings, what a nice post, thanks very much.

    Yeah, I’m only in London, not really out of the country (depends on your political piont of view I suppose) but do still get home sick, not as bad when I lived in Australia for half a year. Pretty rough then. I suppose the grass can always appear greener on the other side so best to just make the best of wherever you happen to be for whatever reason, if possible.

    I may well be in Sweden myself before too long so jag hoppas att det går bra för dig och du kan hitta någon Irn Bru snart!

  4. I’m hoping that was aided by google translate or you’ve just put me to shame. I’m full of the cold just now, so I’ve been cooped up in the flat up to my eyes with the writings of John Knox (now there’s a man who knew how to enjoy himself).

    My girlfriend is visiting in October – so the Irn Bru will be with me soon.


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