Home again. But now what does home mean?

14 Aug

Because of complications with my visa application for India I had to come back from Kampala to Nairobi. The Indian High Commission sent me “home”. Officially stated, Kenya is my residence, Uganda not. Now what does that mean.

What do I write on my facebook status when getting on the bus? “am coming home!” clearly everybody would think I mean our house in Banda. In swa it is simple, “nakuja nyumbani”, my friends in nairobi would be excited. But does that make sense, if all my belongings are in my cute little room in kampala with Eva and Prima?
Home is where you feel home, a wise person told me. Where your friends are. So does that make facebook my home? Often enough it brings the world to your small little mobile phone screen and you laugh in realtime with friends, that are physically far away. And the first word after login also says “Home”. So clearly, all that is needed now, is the “apply visa” button!

Nice day everyone, wherever your home is.


6 Responses to “Home again. But now what does home mean?”

  1. Abu August 15, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

    You are right, the term HOME has ceased to mean that place where you were born. With increased globalisation has come the ability to work and live anywhere. With technology we can connect with people from everywhere even back from where we were born, so technically it doesnt matter where you are, you are still HOME 🙂

  2. manuel August 16, 2010 at 11:26 pm #

    Is it the location that makes home? Is it the people and their attitudes? Is it the personal experiences? I guess everything together. Current technology gives you the opportunity to communicate over long distances but I don’t think it changes the meaning of home (talking about “Heimat”, not “zu Hause”, English lacks a proper word here – or I just don’t know it).

  3. Thomas August 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    Heimat – Zu Hause, that is a very special philsophical question.

  4. Joachim August 23, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    As a consultant and every week somewhere else in the world my “home” is were my washbag is 😉

    I wish you a very great day! Happy birthday!

    • Bea August 23, 2010 at 6:59 pm #

      “Heimat” is connected to a place where you can feel at home. It can be just one small place or it can be a village or an area. For me it is a place where I feel save and that I became familiar with. And the atmosphere is important – which can include special people (family, friends..) and other familiar places (the forest around, the restaurant next door…)
      So, Manu and Jojo, I don’t think that a button or a washbag is enough to feel like “in der Heimat” – but maybe it gives you a feeling of being “home” – or I wanna call it that way that it makes you feel homy:)
      And Manu, I do miss you! You are one of the friends that remind me of my time at school – the old times. And if I would see you one day again, than this would give me a feeling of “homyness” as well:))

  5. Claudi (FF) August 25, 2010 at 12:38 am #

    East ama West, nyumbani is the best 🙂 I feel ya sista!!!

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