Home is where the heart is – 我是哪里人?

This is a question that I have been asked many many times, as I went to an International High School in Beijing. It is funny, the more times I get asked this question, the more I start to wonder. Obviously, I am from Norway. My mum and dad are both Norwegian, at least, as far as I know 😛
This post is not going to make any sense, as it does not make any sense when I ask myself this question. So as you all know, I’m from Norway, but I lived in Beijing for 5 years, during those 5 years I considered Beijing home. Whenever my family and I went to Norway during those 5 years, I would say “We are going To Norway for summer vacation” and when we were going back to Beijing I would say “We are going back home.”  Now, wouldn’t it make more sense if I said “We are going home – home to Norway?” Well, not for me. Ever since I moved to China I’ve been in love with the country, the culture, the traditions, and the food. Do I not love the same things about Norway? I’m sure I do, but not in the same way. Maybe it is because I moved to China when I was a teenager, maybe it is because I never paid much attention to the Norwegian culture, maybe it’s because I was a typical teenage girl, and I couldn’t care less about those things at that time? I don’t know, I don’t think there is an answer to why I call China home. The only answer I can think of is “home is where the heart is.” And I guess, this is the answer that is most accurate when I think about where “I’m from.”  I have thought about it many times, it may be because my family is living in Dubai, and CC is living in Scotland, maybe I just don’t “feel” home yet? I guess, after living abroad like I did, especially during your teenage years, it is hard to say where “home” is. Because you get so attached to a place, and it is hard to let go, especially when you have more friends in the country you lived in, rather than your home country.

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Have you ever been in the same situation before? What do you consider home?


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中国 here we come!

It’s been a long time since last time I wrote something here. I’m not going to make up excuses for why I haven’t been writing anything, but lets just say that I’ve had a lot of other things to think about, and I just didn’t prioritize the blog. And yes, I do feel very bad, but I have just not sat down, and planned a blog post. Well, as you all know, this blog is mainly about China, my experiences in China, AMWF relationship and my relationship with CC.
This is not going to be a long post, but I thought it would be fair to update you guys on what’s going on!
For the past months, CC and I have been trying to figure out what to do; Should he work in Europe? Should he go back to China to work? Should I stay in Norway and continue working? Should I go to China with him?.. You know, the typical LDR questions.. It’s been a long process, with tears, frustration and joy. I’ve had long conversations with my parents, CC has been having long conversations with he’s parents and we finally figured out to do, at least to begin with and then we will take it from there, but all I know is that we can figure this out~
Well, not so long ago, I applied for a visa to China, and the last 2 weeks have been absolutely nerve wrecking, but I FINALLY received my passport yesterday, and it included a visa 😀  I haven’t been this happy in a long long time. I don’t want to say too much, because we don’t have everything settled yet, but we will be going to China in January, and CC will be working in Beijing. So from now on, I will finally have something to write about! 😀

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