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England Travel - The old Baltic Flour Mill that sits on The River Tyne

In this travel guest post for 2Backpackers.com, Jimmy McIntyre of Strange Lands, shares his awkward experience coming back home to Newcastle, England after traveling long term.

Returning Home

I sat and watched the houses pass by – familiar yet different. The people getting on and off all had faces I’m sure I once knew. The greyness I remembered, that’s for certain. The metro station, the one I’d stood at 1000s of times, looked like it hadn’t changed. But I couldn’t be sure.

I played in that street as a kid, of that I’m certain. But again, it’s not how I remembered it.

My return home to England after living in Korea and travelling for two years was not how I’d expected it. I wanted to experience everything I once called my daily life, to eat the food I used to eat, to visit the bars I liked to frequent, and to see the faces that mattered most. The latter was easy. The people, I quickly realized, were exactly as I’d remembered. I’d missed them.

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Newcastle, my home city, seemed somewhat different. Or rather, I was different. I noticed the beauty in things I once took for granted. I stared at things I’ve walked past and ignored for years.

I enjoyed this new perspective on things. I felt optimism about the city I’d fought so hard to leave. I couldn’t get comfortable, though. I’d be returning to Korea in 2 weeks. My time left in Korea was also limited. A month after returning, my wife and would be setting off for Indonesia to learn the language.

I remained in a surreal bubble throughout my brief return to England. I couldn’t see myself living there, that hadn’t changed. But I no longer saw it as a dreary alternative to being on the road. Travelling, photography, and languages are what get my blood pumping. The challenge of the unknown, of doing what people tell me isn’t wise, of pushing myself to achieve things that as a younger man I never would have thought possible. The next 3 years of languages and travelling – that’s when the journey begins. However, we won’t forget to pop by home to say hello once or twice, of course.

The Tyne Bridge

Iconic in Newcastle and that first thing I wanted to see when I got back home.

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England Travel - The Tyne Bridge

Grey’s Monument

The view from Grey’s monument. I used to sit here watching the people pass by.

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England Travel - Grey's Monument

Tynemouth Priory

Built in 7bc, and destroyed repeatedly by the Danish.

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England Travel - Tynemouth Priory

Tynemouth Priory overlooking King Edward’s bay.

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England Travel - Tynemouth Priory Kings Bay

Whitley Bay

Sunset on a cliff overlooking Whitley Bay.

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England Travel - Sunset over Whitley Bay

The River Tyne

The River Tyne – again, iconic amongst the Geordies.

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England Travel - The River Tyne

English Football

My Beloved Newcastle United playing at St. James’ Park

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England Travel - English Footbal at St. James’ Park

Tyne Tunnel

The pedestrian tunnel is part of the Tyne tunnel. An underwater tunnel that connects North Shields and Jarrow. You should hang around this place at night.

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England Travel - Tyne Pedestrian Tunnel

Returning to Korea

These are pictures I took on my return to Korea.

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Korea Travel - Gangcheon San's Frozen Waterfalls

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Korea Travel - A Korean Pagoda not far from where I live

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Korea Travel - This is the weather that welcomed us back to Korea

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Linda says:

Isn’t it often the case that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone? I think many of us rush to escape a place, but we haven’t seen what’s in front of us – when we go back we see with the tourist’s eye as well as our own.

Jimmy says:

Thanks a lot for the compliments.

Fabio says:

fabulous pics!!

Zorica says:

Awesome photos!

Love the Korea pics, I’ve only been to Seoul but this has inspired to me to explore more. One of the reasons I love going away so much is that when we do return home everything seems new for a while, I don’t get complacent about being in the UK for the time I am there. But then I take my laptop and head off again before it starts to get to me!

hayley says:

I adore those photos!

I don’t normally like HDR but these are very well done, and more subtle than most I’ve seen. The Tyne Bridge shot is brilliant!

Jimmy says:

Thanks a lot. The Tyne Bridge shot may be my favourite.

Marie says:

Ahhh yes, the dreaded reverse culture shock. Even though I only spent a semester studying abroad, I felt exactly the same way when I came back home. The city and people seemed to stay the same, but I felt different and noticed things I used to take for granted. BEAUTIFUL pictures!!!

Jimmy says:

Thanks very much.

Yeah, it was unexpected. I’m very glad I had that new perspective. It allowed to appreciate things I had barely noticed before.

These photos are absolutely gorgeous! What a great post!!!

These photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

I loved this post as I wanted to learn more about Newcastle and the area. I know it only because of the soccer team so it was nice to go a little beyond the pitch to learn more about this area of England.

Jimmy says:

I know I’m bias but it is a very beautiful city with an interesting history. You should visit some day.

Great photos! I just love these.

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