Being Homesick Sucks

I’m not sure if I’ve been homesick since the day I arrived on Guam or if it just hit me, either way being homesick sucks. I don’t know what triggered it, but I suddenly just feel this really strong urge to go home. I’ve been having dreams of my loved ones and searching for something on Guam that will remind me of home. Over the weekend I met a man selling authentic Mexican tamales and they tasted so good. It reminded me of my family and made me feel very happy! I especially miss my mom, dad and sister. I used to see at least one of them every week and now I see none of them ever. The change is tough. The thought of being over 5,000 miles plus $1,500 away from home isn’t helping either. I can’t just hop in a car or plane and take a weekend to see my family. I am SO far away from everyone and I’m really feeling the distance right now. It’s hard to think about all the things I’m missing, so I try not to. When I moved to Guam, at first, I was excited by my new surroundings. I wanted to explore and indulge in the island. About a year later the sparkle wore off and the homesickness began. For some reason it’s just really bothering me this week. Especially since I don’t know when I will be able to take a trip back home. The gloomy weather hasn’t been helping my mood either, but I’m sure I will cheer up soon.

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  1. I remember being homesick after moving far away from Seattle…but far for me was either a couple hour drive or a 4-5hr trip by planes…although it didn’t really matter, i rarely saw my family and certainly never saw them on a regular basis. My current stint away from home (living in South Dakota) hasn’t been so bad as I’ve kinda gotten used to being away, but still I only see my family once or twice a year, so after awhile the homesickness catches up with me again. I last saw my family in March and I managed to get some money together to see them again in December for Christmas and graduation celebration. After that, it might be another 6 months or more. I suspect as you continued to get settled in Guam, the homesickness will calm itself. Hopefully you can get back home sometime in the not too distant future. Where is home for you exactly?

  2. I’m sorry to hear you are homesick:-( I have also felt that way this week. I miss having my family near by too. I am looking into retiring in the next two years. I have even thought about moving back to Idaho but I really love Salem’s climate. Maybe we should try to move as many of our family here! Hang in there. You never know! Maybe Santa can send you this way for the holidays! Love you!

      1. Antonia, I’m sure your family misses you. 🙂 I feel like that when I go back to Nyssa. I love my family and don’t get to see them much either and I’m only a state away. Maybe they can fly out to see you. Just a thought it might be cheaper for them to fly there from the main states. 🙂

  3. Hi there! I am living on Guam for 13 weeks next year for my clinical rotations. I was trying to google different stuff about housing rentals and renting scooters and what not, and I stumbled across your blog. I have been to Guam before, for a month trip with my undergrad. However, I have nooo idea where to start when it comes to living there for 3 months!! I was wondering if you may be able to give me some advice on this. Any tips you have would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Hello! Since you’re going to be here short term, you probably don’t want to buy a car. You’ll also be here when the rainy season has ended so driving a scooter might be an option. You can rent them from Scooter World. I don’t know how much that would be though. There’s also Cycles Plus and A1 Cycles that sell scooters/mopeds. If it’s under 150cc you won’t need a motorcycle license. I’d say to stick to renting in Tumon, Tamuning or Agana. Also beware of places where the rent seems really cheap because it’s probably a junky apartment building. I know there are a few places in Tumon that rent short term. Checkout guamhome.com and maybe contact a real estate agent.
      Let me know if you have any other questions.

      1. I will actually be there from september til december of next year. isn’t that the heart of rainy season?? So I’m not sure how well a scooter will work out. Have you heard of any car rental places that cut short term visitors a deal?

  4. Hi Antonia!!! I’ve been feeling the same way lately. But ona side note…where was the guy selling real tamales?? I have a really great friend in AZ and her mother use to make them for me. I missed my friends and real Mexican food!! Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

    1. Hi Angel thanks for reading! The man who sells the tamales is at the Dededo (near the Payless EARLY Saturday mornings), Asan (parking lot of Harley Davidson EARLY Sundays), and Mangilao(Thursday nights) flea markets. He also sells menudo, but usually sells out quickly.

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