NO PLACE FEELS MORE HOMEY THAN HOME.
Hi, my name is Kevin. I am an Indonesian, a third-year college student majoring in English Literature, now currently living in my hometown, Makassar. This year, I finished my one-year scholarship in China and barely two weeks ago I was back to Indonesia for good. It's been a very meaningful one year for me as I traveled far away from home and went through so many experience that I didn't get to have before. I got to understand how hard it really feels like for being thousand miles away from home, especially after having a mental breakdown on the first week I arrived there. Everything felt different, the food tasted weird, the atmosphere felt absolutely strange, and most of all, the language barrier was too much of a trouble for me as I went there only with some basics in spoken Chinese. I terribly missed every single thing in my hometown. However, as days passed, I finally got used to everything, and literally everything that it made me really sad when I had to leave back to Indonesia. It was hard, because it was like I, once again, left "another" home behind. There, I met so many good friends and saying goodbye to them was just as hard as saying goodbye to my family. I was afraid of the changes that I was about to see in my hometown when I got back. But truth be told, nothing changed. Absolutely nothing has changed when I got back here again (except for some new buildings here and there), everything felt exactly the same as it was when I left it. The food, the weather, the air, even the smell of my bed are all still the same. It was like I've never left. That's when I realized, a home is a place where I feel safest, where things never change, a place I always belong, no matter how far or how long I've been away from it, because no place feels more homey than home :)
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