Ever since I moved from Miami to Houston, I have been feeling like I don’t belong. People keep telling me that little by little the city will grow in me but quite honestly it has not. It’s quite exciting to live in a new city but it can be scary too.
I haven’t made any friends except for the ones that are actually from Miami and moved to Houston too. Let me tell you, making friends in a new city after college is hard. It’s not like in college, when you would make friends with whoever sat next to you in a class, or whoever shared the table with you in the library or with the friend of the friend that invited you to a party. But after college, it feels like no one is as open to meeting new people anymore. My coworkers are a nice group of people. But they are about 20 years older than me, married and with kids. Nothing wrong with that, they just have a different lifestyle. They’re lovely people, just not friends.
It’s like I’m a fish out of water. and when I say fish out of water I kind of meant it literally too. I miss the beach.I have always lived in a place close to the ocean. Well, let me be specific, close to nice oceans. Before living in Miami, I lived in Venezuela and the beaches are beautiful at both places. There is a beach about 45 minutes from where I live now but I haven’t even gone there yet. Most people say the water is dark due to the oil here in Texas and it is not like going to a beach in Miami.
If there is one thing I took for granted back in Miami was the food. I miss the food. Houston has many many many restaurants to choose from and good ones too! I do enjoy going to different ones whenever we can. But Miami is a city full with many nationalities which makes it easy to find different foods from different countries. I miss Venezuelan food (of course), I miss Cuban food, I miss Peruvian food, I miss Hispanic breakfasts like empanadas, arepas, and pastelitos. I miss them so much that my face is frowning as I write this and my stomach is beginning to growl.
I don’t want this post to sound as a complaint. I always wanted to live somewhere outside of home and I am enjoying it in different ways even if I feel like an outsider in this city. I mean, I am anyways, right? I am getting to like Houston in the sense of the job opportunity and good changes that this city has given to us. I love my life, my job and how my relationship with my fiance has been taken to a whole other level after moving in together. Being far from our family and friends has given us more time to be together and share moments that we had not shared before. But home is where the heart always is and not a day passes by that we don’t think of home.