Hi guys! It’s been a month exactly since I came home. Unbelievable.

I thought I am going to write one last Au-Pair Update and tell you about how I felt when I came home, how the contact to my host family is etc. and I hope you are interested in this kind of post.

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At the beginning I didn’t know how to feel. The question if I am happy to be back home, I always received, put me under a lot of pressure but I always answered yes. It was partly true. Of course, I was happy to be back at home with my friends and family around me but during the first one to two weeks I just wished to hop onto a plane and go back to Canada. I missed my Canadian life a lot. I missed my host family, my puppy and just the feeling of being away from home. And that I couldn’t sleep because of the Jetlag didn’t help me getting any better either.

Now I am in a better place, I would say. I still miss Canada a lot and think of my experience every single day because it is just such a big part of my person now. What helps me a lot is keeping myself busy. I did a two weeks internship which was amazing and provided me with a task. I also have redone my room, wrote some blogpost and planned my trip to London. It all helped me a lot getting over this goodbye pain and I would definitely recommend everyone to stay busy if you are going through the same as me.

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I’ve had one FaceTime call with my host family so far and it was amazing and strange at the same time. I loved talking to my kids, my puppy and my host parents but seeing them in their usual Saturday morning routine which I knew in and out felt very strange. Strange because I wasn’t part of it anymore. I think that was the first time I realized how far away they are now and that I am not part of their daily life anymore, in the way I was before. It hurt a little bit, but, of course, it has to be like that. It would make me worry more if they wouldn’t get back into a routine without me.

I get snaps of my host kids from my host mom and my host grandma (is that even a thing?!) sends me pictures of the kids from time to time which is great 🙂

I try to text and update them as well and I really hope we’ll see each other very soon again 🙂

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Yep, that’s my dog waiting in front of my door for me to come back :,(

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Like I imagined it to be, my life is the same. Except the fact that I spent a year in Canada and grew so much as a person. Sometimes it’s hard to combine those two things and I had to find a way to do so. I think that is also part of the reason why I’ve completely redone my room. I needed a change. I needed to include parts of Canada in my room and I am so happy how it turned out, as you might have noticed 🙂

I also realized how much more independent I have become and find it weird, that my mom, for example, makes me laundry or organized a dentist appointment for me. I know she meant it in the best way and I appreciate it a lot but I am just not used to it anymore.

So, if you come home after a long time, be ready to see everything changed and not changed at the same time. It is weird at first and it needs time to adjust to that new/old life but you can do it, I am sure 🙂

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I was very excited about my internship. I loved it a lot and I think working with kids suits me well 🙂

Now, I am really excited to go to London this week. It’s my first time and I can’t wait to see Bakerstreet, drink coffee in cute cafes and speak English again 🙂 And other than that, university is starting in October and I am pretty excited to see where I will be going and what I will be doing. At the moment I am not so sure about everything but I know I’ll find the right thing 🙂

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That was my teeny tiny post au-pair update and I hope you enjoyed it 🙂 For now it will be the last one but if you have any questions about anything Au-Pair related, don’t hesitate and email or dm me on Instagram. I would be happy to help 🙂

Have a great week,

xo, Franziska

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5 replies on “(11) Post Au-Pair Update: Jun/Jul

  1. This post very much mirrors my post-abroad experiences. I did this a couple times: When I was 15 I went on an exchange semester in the US, at 16 I worked in France for a couple months and then I went to Canada in my twenties as well. I completely understand that pressure from everyone when you get home. They want to hear that you’ve missed them incredibly and couldn’t be happier to be home, while I was always torn between wanting to leave right away again and seeing something familiar right in front of me. I often struggled with the whole everything is the same but yet things changed-thing. I don’t know, it’s just such a strange experience that a lot of people who haven’t had an adventure like that cannot relate.
    I hope you get to stay in contact with your host family and keep up that relationship 🙂 they sound so nice! It can be hard over time and with the distance, but I really hope it works for you 😀
    GREAT POST!!

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for your kind words. I am happy to hear that I am not the only one that has experienced this feeling and hope as well to stay in contact with my host family. Thank you so much again and I think it’s so cool that you’ve been away from home so often already!! 💗

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      1. I think there’s really a lot of people who feel similar. When I did my first exchange semester, we watched this movie L’Auberge Espagnol (it’s in multiple languages) and none of us believed that our time would be anything like that, but in the end we all realised that there were some universally appealing aspects haha
        Awe, thanks! I am actually about to head away for a couple months again, but this time it won’t be a change of language.

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  2. I can so relate on this post! It’s been two years now since I’m back from my au pair year in England and I experiences so much of different feeling in a year. Being back for me wasn’t that easy, I was home sick of my host country/family but I agree with the fact of being busy : it helps to get a new “routine” without going back to the old one. I was “lucky” to come back and have my first very own place with uni which felt great.
    Anyway, I’m happy to see blog post about au pair experiences, it’s always nice to read different or similar feedback.

    xx

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