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The Rejuvenating Journey: Rediscovering a Country & Reconnecting with Old Friends After a Decade

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

“Revisiting a country once called home & reconnecting with old friends after a decade is like stepping into a time capsule of memories, where the past intertwines the present. Amidst the changes & familiarities, we nurture adaptability, strengthen bonds & embrace life’s ever-evolving journey.”

Life is a constant flow of change & growth. It takes us to different corners as we come across new & varied experiences. Through this life journey, we meet diverse people & form various connections. But as life moves on, some moments hold a special place in our hearts.

For me, it was revisiting a country we once called home and reuniting with friends who shared those cherished memories. It was a unique experience as this country had witnessed significant milestones in my life. A place where I first landed as a newly married, grew professionally, built my family and eventually bid farewell.

London city road with red bus

Returning to the country unleashed a dormant nostalgia. It was a journey back in time. The sights & sounds (or rather silence) took me back to the moments we treasured during our times there. A joyous reunion with my own memories, gently reminding me of my old carefree self.

Sighting familiar & important landmarks, buildings & streets from our lives was a special delight. As we drove around the town, I realised they are not mere structures but witnesses to your joys & growth. And this experience became even more magical as we could share it with our children, showing them around and letting them in on a piece of our personal history. They saw how our family’s journey had unfolded, from where we lived to how we worked and even where they were born.

While certain aspects remained unchanged, we could also see the transformation in the city we once called home. The town looked different, and at first, I felt a bit sad. Beautiful homes were replaced by tall buildings. A buzzing town centre where I used to take my firstborn had now lost it's charm and had deserted stores. But that’s what life is all about, isn’t it? It is constantly changing & evolving!

Meeting friends who still call the country their home & connecting with some almost after a decade was priceless. We reignited the bonds forged during our time there as we reminisced good old memories. Exchanging life stories, catching up on milestones and even learning about challenges deepened our understanding of one another. It prompted me to reflect on how our varied experiences have shaped our values and perspectives.

The best part of old connections is how easily and effortlessly we can slip back into the rhythm of our friendship as if no time has passed. These reconnections brought immense joy and reminded me of the power of strong connections. It, once again, made me believe that good friendships can last even when a lot of time has passed.

Revisiting after a decade wasn’t just about seeing old places but also the food. The flavours and aromas transported me back to the moments when I savoured the same tastes. Visiting our favourite restaurants with family and sharing our stories with our children was a blast. As we sat around familiar tables, the ambience reminded us of our days visiting as a young family. The joy on our children’s faces as they heard about the times, we dined there was heartwarming. We laughed, shared, and created new memories to add to our collection.

This beautiful time spent visiting places, relishing food and meeting up with friends was a reminder that life is a journey made beautiful by the people we share it with, the stories we create, and the places that become a part of our story.

Looking back on the trip, I can’t help but feel thankful. It was a profound experience that stirred a mix of emotions within me—nostalgia, curiosity, and an overwhelming sense of gratitude. Life is a bit like a puzzle, and each experience is a piece that fits into the bigger picture. This trip reminded me to be thankful for everything – the good and the not-so-good – that has helped me become who I am today.


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Nandita Dhanawade
Nandita Dhanawade
Aug 29, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Your writing I can deeply connect with so well articulated..

There are friendships imprinted in our hearts that will never be diminished by time nor distance ....


Darshita Parekh
Darshita Parekh
Aug 28, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Old memories are always nostalgic ♥️

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