What's on DNTO: Dec. 19 (Feeling Homesick!)

Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam... but if you can't make it there, how do you fight homesickness? We'll find out this week.

To start with, Sook-Yin hits the street to find out what you're missing about home.

One surefire way to induce homesickness is that great childhood pastime: camp. For some, it can feel like a child's exile, shipped off to a strange place where you're supposed to have fun, but you don't. We'll find out how unhappy camper Josh Rachlis dealt with it.

It's just a shame that Josh didn't meet up with Chris Thurber at camp. Chris loved camp so much that 30 years after his first da,y he still spends his summers there. But these days, he's researching, writing and educating health and camp professionals all about homesickness. He'll tell us what he's learned.

Sometimes, all it takes to remind you of home is a song. And sometimes, that song can lead you to do very strange things. Clare Lawlor discovered that when she went further away from home than she's ever been.

"Close your eyes and think of home." Those were the instructions photographer Ian Paterson gave to the subjects in a series of portraits called "Home." So what does a person look like when they're mentally transported home? We'll ask Ian.

There comes a point in just about every adult's life where you say to yourself, "Hey... I'm tough and independent. I don't need to go home for the holidays this year." Well, Dawn Dumont comes by to tell you you are WRONG, tough guy or gal! She'll explain why she risked life and limb to get back home.

Last year, filmmaker Andrea Dorfman found herself with a bad case of the homesick blues. But instead of wallowing in her misery, Andrea came up with a rather creative cure... She'll share her "anti-homsickness manifesto" highlights.

What's your sure-fire cure for homesickness? Sook-Yin heads to the street to find out.

A lot of us try to beat homesickness by recapturing a specific flavour. But Shyam Selvadurai explains what happens when the tastes of home aren't quite the way we remember them.

DNTO's very own Kaj Hasselriis knows all about being away from home. He's a world traveller and sometimes spends months on the road. But once in a while, he gets a craving for something black and white and read all over... He'll explain how the "poste restante" system has helped him feel at home abroad.

Like a lot of musicians, Alex Cuba has to fight homesickness on the road. We'll find out how he does it... and hear a live-in-studio tune.

When Habiba Nosheen found herself far away from home and feeling homesick, she came up with a rather unusual cure that left her students awfully confused... but with a deeper appreciation of Canadiana. She'll explain why.

No matter how much you miss it... or don't... can you really go back home? Sook-Yin explains what happened when she tried.

When Glenn Albrecht was reaserching the impact of environmental changes on the people of Australia's Hunter Valley, he stumbled upon a brand new type of homesickness. He'll explain what "solastalgia" is... and why we might be hearing more about it in the future.

And here's this week's playlist:

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - "Home"
Kate and Anna McGarrigle - "Swimming Song"
Christine Fellows - "Souvenirs"
M. Ward - "To Go Home"
Joel Plaskett - "Maybe We Should Just Go Home"
New Pornographers - "Myriad Harbour"
M.I.A. - "Jimmy"
Mayor McCa - "I'm Gonna Write You a Letter"
Alex Cuba - "Hoy Para Siempre" (live performance)
Feist - "Mushaboom (Mocky Mix)"
Pretenders - "My City Was Gone"

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Enjoying your show on Homesickness. I am living near St. Andrews in Scotland and I often miss the Ottawa Valley. How do I cure homesickenss?

I listen to Lightfoot, Cohen, Stan Rogers, Great Big Sea, CBC Radio online etc. I read Birney, Layton, Service etc. When friends come across the water they bring Tim Hortons coffee, maple syrup, local papers, etc. When it gets really bad I head North to the Highlands and walk and climb. When the opportunity and decent weather arises I head for the rivers in the canoe. If I concentrate on the water, and the paddle, sometimes I feel like I'm on the Ottawa.

J Hynes, December 19, 2009 8:29 PM

I enjoyed your show on Homesickness this week. I would like to take comment in particular on Habiba Nosheen's story about her time in South Korea.

I am currently an ESL Teacher in Seoul and would just like to assure people that Ms. Nosheen's story is the exception to the rule here in Korea. There are some rotten schools out there but the vast majority of working experiences here tend to be very positive. For me it has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. In the off chance a school ever does asks to keep your passport that should be your first clue to RUN! Be sure you know your rights because we are protected by Korean labour laws.

I am about to spend my first Christmas away from home but am feeling more or less okay about the whole thing. I've made a lot of great friends here (Canadian, Korean, and from all parts of the world) and will be spending the holidays with them.

Though I suppose it doesn't hurt that half of them happen to be from my home town (St. John's, NL). No matter where I travel I end up meeting Newfies! We tend to stick together.

Whenever I do get slightly homesick I just listen to CBC radio.

As for coming across some random Canadiana on the other side of the world I was happily surprised to walk into a coffee shop here in Seoul recently only to hear (appropriately) Joel Plaskett's "Come On Teacher."



Adam Hickey, December 23, 2009 12:54 PM

I don't know if you call it homesickness, but for me, I enjoy it. I find that once you leave Canada, your patriotism really shines through. I have never been more proud to be Canadian then at this moment.. living in France for the last 5 years. You realize that you really have it good in Canada. Not to say that I don't enjoy my time here in France (otherwise I wouldn't be here), but I think life in general is much easier in Canada.

I miss Canada the most when I am queuing in line anywhere in France and people just cut in, or I miss Canada when you don't even have to ask for directions.. people know your lost and will automatically assist you. Here, they pretend to not speak your language (and I do speak French!). I miss Canada when the stores in France are closed Sundays and/or closed from 12-2pm.I miss Canada when I get my electricity bill in France. I miss Canada when I want to make a last minute exotic dish (yams and cranberries are exotic!). I miss drive threw Tim Horton's for my small black coffee and bagel with cream cheese, lightly toasted, and miss Hockey Nigth in Canada at 730pm as opposed to watching the rerun the next morning on a European Sports Channel.

I could go on for another few minutes, but my way of curing my homesickness is knowing that I am welcome back anytime.

And during this festive season, I made traditional Tourtière for Christmas Eve Dinner, and a Turkey on Christmas day. I even made some "cretons"!!, which is a Quebec delicacy to spread on toast in the mornings (quebecers will know what I'm talking about, haha).

A pass-time of mine is pointing out famous Canadians to my european friends. We could be watching Friends and "did you know Matthew Perry is Canadian", or listing to music and say "did you know Nickelback is Canadian". Its fun to surprise them as they assume most of them were American.

Thanks for reading.
From the French Riviera,

Kathleen Lowe, December 29, 2009 2:24 PM
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