A few weeks ago, I was watching TV, and couldn’t really find anything to watch, so I was just channel surfing to see if I could find anything of interest. As I flipped through the channels with the big movie channels like HBO, Showtime, etc., something caught my eye! I stopped for a few minutes on a movie, I am not even sure of the title. The scenery caught my attention, and soon I realized that the movie was shot in Portland, Oregon. For the past 15 years or so before moving to the Philippines, I lived in Vancouver, Washington, which is just across the Columbia River from Portland, so I kind of considered Portland as my home too (I even worked in Portland).
The movie looked kind of interesting, so I decided to watch it. As all the scenes went by, I did find myself feeling a little nostalgic as I saw places that I was very familiar with. I even felt a little bit homesick. But, as those thoughts crept into my head, I started thinking of how my life was there compared to how it is here, and I soon lost the homesickness. Sure, I still felt nostalgic about the old “neighborhood,” but I didn’t long to go back.
If you live abroad, have you ever seen your old hometown on TV, or in a movie? How does it make you feel?