seeking authenticity

「本物」を探し求めて

Last time on honeyhands, I shared some thoughts concerning my experience being an ERASMUS student in Paris, France. In particular, my article was focused on the topic of feeling homesick when abroad and I shared some advice on how to get accustomed to changes when having to face new environments. Since then, I have been lucky enough to meet new people, visit new places and discover a lot more about the city and about myself.

Despite all the novelties and the fun, a new question got stuck in my mind: am I living an authentic experience? Is my experience living and studying abroad authentic enough?

前にhoneyhandsで、ヨーロッパの交換留学制度を使ってフランス・パリに留学している経験についてシェアしました。特に、私の海外で感じるホームシックについての記事では、新しい環境と向き合うときにどうやって変化に慣れていけるか、いくつかアドバイスをシェアしました。それ以来、ラッキーなことに、私は新しい人と出会い、新しい場所を訪れ、この街や私自身について、もっと多くの発見がありました。全ての珍しいものや楽しいことがあるにもかかわらず、私の頭の中に新たな疑問が浮かびました。それは、私は「本物」の経験をしているのだろうか、私の留学経験やここでの生活は「本物」なのか、という疑問。

I have to admit that my curiosity was sparked from the fact that although I hoped to make friends with the locals (with whom I could improve my French), I ended up meeting a lot of other fellow Italian students. I’m not saying that it’s a negative thing: I enjoyed the fact that we all had different cultural backgrounds and points of view despite coming from the same country because most of us studied or are still studying in different cities and regions of Italy. Nevertheless, I started wondering what it would be li