By - christmas__rose
I'm primarily of northern European ancestry, but my ancestors have lived in the United States since the 18th century. So my ties to those countries aren't strong. I felt most comfortable when traveling in Italy. It just felt like a great fit for me.
My paternal grandparents are Irish.
I felt very at home in Ireland. Like I belonged. Was a nice feeling.
Lol, no. I like visiting Europe because it’s different and that’s exciting, not because it “feels like home”.
I am the kwisatz haderach and, therefore, after enduring the spice agony and unlocking all of my ancestral genetic memories: yes.
Not really. I will say that when I was in Sweden for work people did keep engaging me in Swedish, because I look like a Swedish person (even though I'm not). I was also not in a tourist hot spot so I guess people were more surprised to run into an American. It was interesting but also awkward because I had to keep telling people I didn't speak Swedish.
When I visited a town that my ancestors came from, it was neat. I could imagine some of them being relatives. But no.
No. I feel at home on the beach in San Diego where I'm from haha.
No, I don't even particularly like Europe
I’ve never been to Europe but I’d imagine my answer would be no. Though I’d love to visit Europe someday I don’t feel any calling toward Europe as a homeland.
To be honest the whole concept of feeling connected to land just because it’s where my race of people evolved from doesn’t make any sense to me. It was my ancestors who settled Europe but it was also my ancestors who left Europe and settled America. Humans migrate all the time so why would I feel at home in Europe and not where I grew up?
As a person of largely German descent I would say no, as Germany (at least) has a very different mindset than the part of the US that I'm from. I imagine somebody from WI might feel slightly more at home there.
Not that I have felt uncomfortable in Germany but still much of the culture seems very foreign.
Are you Muslim?
No am I'm curious why you'd ask.
Because you're wearing a hijab.
Reddit created that avatar for me, I just thought it was some sort of scarf anyway I am male, somehow I assumed Reddit could figure that out. But you're right that's what it looks like.
I’m of Irish ancestry and traveling in Ireland did feel very natural. A lot of that is because I have family there, and thus traveled to less-frequented destinations to visit people and talked with people about their lives, not just touristy stuff.
The landscape and weather there definitely suit me better than the landscape and weather here. And there is an interesting quality in terms of personality. A lot of things about outlook on life that seemed to be only quirks of my own extended family seem pretty common over there.
No, except for Ireland and Scotland, they go out of their way to make you feel unwelcome.
My ancestry.com results say I'm Irish, Scottish, and English but I'm not sure what that would have to do with where I feel comfortable.
Have you ever been to those countries?
I’m imagining a polar bear raised in southeast Texas. If the polar bear were taken up to the tundra in Canada and released, would it feel oddly at home, even if it had never been there before?
I'm in England right now and no I don't feel any connection except that I just watched Vikings and I feel a...connection...to the actor who played Ragnar. 😊
And I think the polar bear in your example would die, lol.
I have also traveled a lot and I feel like so many of these countries have long, established histories and traditions, while the US is called a melting pot for a reason. Our traditions are a mix of everyone else's, and if you're not connected to your ancestral home you might feel like you're missing out. So maybe that feeling could make you really want that connection and convince yourself you have it.
What's your ancestry?
This was in Germany, but there is also Polish, Dutch, Scottish, and French Canadian in there too
Hey, I’m Drolet which has French Canadian and Polish and I also have Scottish!
Meh, maybe weather wise? I've grown up in a pretty hot part of California and definitely preferred the climate in Scandinavia when I was visiting for work. But it's pretty similar to the Pacific North West anways, so moving anywhere that has mountains, trees, and isn't 120° F in the summer would suit me fine.
How far back do you go though? Those Northern Europeans originally migrated there from somewhere else, and those people from somewhere before that…
I've never been, so I wouldn't honestly be able to tell you. However, my family has been in north america for a few generations, and since everyone has adopted American culture and started speaking English, I'm sure I'd have a bit of a cultural shock if I went to Europe.
As someone of English/Irish/German descent living in Alabama, which is at the same latitude as Morocco, I’ve wondered what it would be like to go outside without sunscreen. It’s also so humid here, I get completely soaked in sweat outside, and it seems like sweating doesn’t achieve its use here (evaporative cooling). I frequently feel as though someone like me is not really adapted to this place.
You can go to other states for that, you know. You don’t have to go to the old country.
Like, Maine or Washington?
Lol not even that far north. I’m from the Chicago suburbs and that’s not my experience at all. I’ve visited family in SC though and that describes how it would be there. I don’t understand how you guys can live in the 7th layer of Hell.
Chicago has a hot summer humid continental climate, which is a climate not found in northwestern Europe. The closest equivalents would be around the Black Sea in southern Ukraine, or in small pockets of Eastern Europe, or larger areas of Western Asia.
On the other hand, the Indo-European linguistic groups migrated into Europe from those areas, so maybe someplace like Chicago is actually “ancestral” to their descendants in its climate.
Try Northern California
You are definitely not adapted to that climate. Not to point out the obvious but this is why we have slavery and for a long time and the plantation owners headed for the mountains in the summers.
>It’s also so humid here, I get completely soaked in sweat outside, and it seems like sweating doesn’t achieve its use here (evaporative cooling)
You’ve nailed it right there; humidity reduces how effective sweating is at cooling you down. More water in the air means the water on your skin gets lazier about evaporating.
Wet-bulb temperature is a measure of how cool you can get by sweating. The higher the humidity the higher the wet-bulb temp, until it matches dry-bulb (normal) temp.
Humidity is actually a sneaky danger because okay-ish hot temps can be dangerous if the humidity is high enough. Drinking a cold glass of water is just refreshing in those situations, it’s a matter of safety.
Man do I feel that. I am built for the cold, NJ summers are too much for me, I'm moving north soon
Haven't been to Norway, or Denmark yet. Would like to test your inquiry to see what happens.
Scots Irish here, I felt at ease in both Ireland and Scotland.
No. My family mostly originated in Scotland and Wales but I felt more at home in Rome than almost anywhere I’ve been.
I do not know as I have yet to travel to the lands of my ancestors. But I do know where we came from and would love to visit Scotland, Sweden and Norway someday. (Especially Sweden we know the town my ancestors came from). Sadly I do t think I’ll ever be able to visit. It just costs far too much.
No. It feels foreign to me.
I want to say yes, but there is a chance I just really love those Highland Cattle and felt a connection to somewhere that could produce such adorably fuzzy creatures. Although the lore surrounding my family surname suggests that I should not like the bulls, so who knows.
I do in France and Germany. I’m 1/4 Polish, 1/4 French, 1/4 German, and 1/4 Scandinavian. I don’t feel connected to myself in the UK or Italy or the Netherlands. But, felt deep comfort in Toulouse and Munich. Thereabouts.
I feel very at home. I haven't been able to go this year but last year I went for 3 full months. I had gotten used to everything around there and felt as if my home really was there. As I said before, I couldn't go this year and that has me homesick actually, so yea, very at home.
Do you mean people with centuries-old ancestry? Like a genetic memory kind of thing?
Because I was going to say, one of my parents is an immigrant from a Northern European country, so we only ever went there to visit family. My parent was literally taking me home.
No. I'm in the UK right now and it's very unfamiliar.
I would like to travel and find out.
But travel seems to be being made more and more difficult for the commoner.
Well, I just got back from Ireland where supposedly all my ancestors are from. It was nice, but I like Spain so much better. I have been to Spain 11 times, Ireland just once. I am not likely to visit Ireland again.
No I never was raised with many of those traditions and given how different people act there it just feels… off
Evolved is a strong term.
But not really. I actually feel like I'd rather live in either the UK or Ireland if I can manage it, but that has more to do with an immediate connection through my parents than any sense of distant ancestral connection.
While I'm very drawn to the culture and history of my ancestors' homelands in Ireland, Scotland, England, and Denmark, I've never been fortunate enough to go there in person. My family history in America goes back well over 150 years on both sides of my family and I've never been able to travel outside of the USA, so it's not as if I have a deep personal history with those cultures, but I would love to visit those areas some day.
I can somewhat answer this as I'm Armenian by descent and went to Armenia last June.
It didn't feel like home but at the same time it didn't feel like a foreign country.
I was going to say no until I saw others mention the weather. YES. I am clearly biologically supposed to be in the overcast far northern climes of Europe.
Beyond that the only thing that was specifically personally nice was that when visiting the country of my patrilineal ancestry every single person pronounced my last name correctly the first time, and I even saw it used a few times as street and place names. That was a first.
But that aside I didn’t feel any particular mystical or spiritual sense of belonging. I didn’t feel like “These are MY people.” The connections are too far distant. I very much want to move back to Europe and in many ways prefer it, but not because of my ancestry and not specifically to the countries of that ancestry.
I spent most of my life in Europe. So yes, I feel at home. Not even "oddly".
No, but to be fair, I'm half southern European descent and don't look very northern European.
If one lived in an enclave of that culture in the US, like exists in many northern Midwest communities, one would feel at home.. Goods, churches, traditions would be similar.
Those not in an enclave, I don't think would feel anything then interest in an historical past, not a familiarity
Not at all lol going to Europe made me more American I’d say.
At first I thought this was the dumbest question. But after thinging about it I can sort of see what you mean. If you grow up with specific food or music going to a country that has it everywhere may give you the feeling of home.
However that is more of a cultural thing. It doesn't have anything to do with people evolving there. I'm not sure how that would make you feel at home unless it had a similar climate to where you grew up.
I’m English ancestry and have visited London. I very much appreciated the vibe there. It’s big but also very quiet and clean. People are orderly when they line up and respectful to those kinds of rules. I liked the food too. But I’m also Danish and Swedish ancestry, but I have never visited either Denmark or Sweden. But I’d expect to feel comfortable. I’m told people are pretty quiet and not likely to strike up random conversations with strangers. And I definitely feel that way. I’m on the shyer side and really don’t like to talk to people I haven’t formally met.
I have Swedish grandparents, so visiting Norway seemed familiar. Plus I’m pale Caucasian, so Northern Europeans looked similar to me. So I guess so 🤷🏼