Thursday, November 19, 2009
Today is one of those days where all I want to do is come home. I know I have so many things to do and see in this last month, but three months is a long time to be in another country. Especially a country filled with frustrating things like: a terrible postal system, terrible internet, a president who does things like turning the power off for 4 hours at a time, men who stare and whistle and generally make you feel uncomfortable, cars that honk for no reason at all...I'm about ready to come home. I'm ready to pay for a $1 cup of coffee with a $20 bill and not have to argue about it. I'm ready to be able to drive again. I'm ready to have coursework in a language that I can fully understand. I'm ready to have normal CONVERSATIONS in a language that I can fully understand. I love Spanish, but sometimes, I just want to speak in English. I'm ready to be in a familiar place where I feel safe. Most of all, I'm ready to be with my family and my friends again. It's hard to be so far away, in a place where the people who know me and love me are nowhere nearby. I thrive on being with people I love- on deep conversations and coffee dates and watching movies and quality, face-to-face time. It kills me to have to rely on emails and facebook to keep up with people! When I get home, I want to fill my whole break with catching up with people and sharing stories. I know that I am learning so much through this experience- through the adventures I've had and the people I have met. My perspective on the world has changed and grown and that is a good thing. But I'm getting to the point where I'm really looking forward to being home.