For many people, living overseas in a completely different culture and environment to their birth country is something of a dream. But while these people may still call their birth country "home," going back to visit their home country can actually become a bit of a burden, something that Eat Your Kimchi can relate to.
When going back to visit their home country of Canada, Simon and Martina found that it was less of a vacation and more of a to-do list. First up, the couple found that there was never enough time to visit all their family and friends who they haven't seen in a while, and someone will inevitably get left out and thus feel a bit slighted about not getting a visit.
This lack of time is compounded by the horrible aftereffects of jetlag, which affects not only the amount of time needed to see people but also the ability to "function" normally during the day.
But the biggest burden that Simon and Martina face when living overseas is the expectation placed upon them whenever they visit their home country of Canada. Friends and family expect the duo to visit all of them during their time, yet the reverse doesn't happen. Whereas Simon and Martina go visit their friends and family back in Canada, the couple don't get any visits in Japan from their friends and family, which is a frustrating double standard.
These frustrations go right down to complaints about various aspects of each country. Having experienced Toronto's transport system for many years, Simon and Martina are well placed to have complaints about it. But upon bringing back those complaints after moving to Korea and Japan, those complaints are met with much more defensive responses as the couple are seen as not being in any position to say anything since they no longer live in Canada.
Listen right here at to Simon and Martina talk about why going back to your home country is a burden at the 12:28 mark:
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