It’s that time of the year when the temperature drops to a single digit of degree Celsius. It’s the time where all the birds migrate South to escape the freezing cold of the Winter. And that is exactly what I did for the Winter break. I flew South. I went home.
It’s been a good 1 year since the last time that I visited home. It’s been 1 year that I saw my family, my relatives, and my hometown. Did I miss home? Yes, of course. I spent a lot of time with my family. Growing up, I realize that family is more important and it’s necessary spending time with your parents as they are getting older. I only had 4 weeks with my family, therefore, I made my best effort spending time with them. Besides, who knows the next time that I would visit home?
However, when you live in one place long enough, that place becomes home. That is what Cincinnati has become, a second home. I realize it’s not the house that makes a home, it’s the people. This leads to a very weird dilemma. I also miss my friends at Cincinnati. They have become an extended family and a part of my life. College life would be very hard without having them as a support system.
Besides family, winter break is a good time to catch up with old friends. I haven’t seen some of these dudes and dudettes since high school. It’s nice to catch up with your friends and talk about the old memories, or how we are different (or the same). I realize even though we’ve grown up so much, we are still the close friends as we were back in high schools.
Being so away from home for so long, I somehow feel disconnected to the culture and the food of Vietnam. There is a lot of great food that I haven’t tried before. The cheese foamed tea, Bingsu ( snowflaked ice-cream with crazy toppings), or the Vietnamese fusion food are some of the great food that I try for the first time. This makes me treasure the food back home even more because they are superior comparing to what I have back in the U.S (fact!).
I spent some of the most valuable time back home with my family and friends. However, it’s now the time to get back and make my last semester at UC amazing!