Dépaysement (n.) – Origin: French – Definition: The disorientation felt in a foreign country or culture. The feeling of being a fish out of water.
O.K. Obviously feeling like a fish out of water in a foreign country is not really an issue for me. Quite the opposite. I have loved every country I have traveled to. Even the ones I didn’t LOOOVVEEE.. I also didn’t really hate. I especially loved traveling with my daughters. They also always seemed to adapt very well to the random places we visited. Like we really made every country feel like it was our home and we fit in to each place so nicely. For example, my daughter just joined in the family photo of this family in Shanghai, China. Even throwing them rabbit ears.
There were things in some countries that made us uncomfortable at times. Like the domestic pet section of the zoo in Shanghai. It was funny to us, but also, uhm, interesting.
However, for me all of the experiences were about learning lessons of tolerance and acceptance and just being able to have fun. I know at times, my kids were homesick and wanted the “normalcy” of “home” but in retrospect we all talk about how they were amazing times and none of us would ever change any of them and all of us would go back to any one of those days to relive them and stay longer and appreciate more!! I hope you enjoy.
Well, I guess we were like fishes out of water for at least a little bit of our time there.
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”