Aaaannnnnddd I’M BACK!
It was so awesome going home, I seriously could not be more thankful for the people I have in my life back in the states. Before I went home a lot of volunteers warned me, “you know if you get home and people aren’t as excited/interested to hear about what you’re doing as you want them to be just be prepared.” I heard so much that a lot of times people will ask but they really just want you to tell them in a couple of sentences and to sit there forever talking again and again about what I’m doing will most likely not happen because people just don’t want to. I feel fortunate that for the most part this was pretty opposite of the experience I had which again, is one of the reasons I am so grateful for my friends and family at home. Everyday I was busy with someone/something, running places here and there; some people even making time in their busy lives to travel to my hometown and see me, another reason I appreciate them, and all the conversations were full of questions and general interest about my life here in Africa.
Going home was the same but different if that makes sense. There were some things about home that had changed but for the most part things were the same, I think what changed the most was me and how I felt about being home. Being back made me excited about my future after Peace Corps; going back and starting my American life. I think there were things in the US that I appreciate more now after living in my village and coming home to them again: microwaves, not wearing flip-flops in the shower, groceries stores and their endless options, having enough water to take a shower and wear a different outfit everyday, and obviously being so close to my friends and family. Needless to say I enjoyed my American vacation more than I’d like to admit but at the end of the day I’m not a quitter, so I saddled up and made the 2 day journey back to my Tanzanian homestead to finish what I started!
This blog is really short mostly because: 1) most of the people that read these blogs live in the US and they already know what life is like there, 2) while I was home I feel like I did way to much stuff to try and write it all down, and 3) most of my time home was spent with people having conversations and not necessarily out doing anything crazy and at the end of the day no one cares about those conversations but me and there’s really no need to put them in this blog!
Today is now Thursday (obviously), I got back into Shinyanga in the afternoon on Sunday and stayed in town a couple days so I could get a little more rest before I got back into the swing of things, but I can say I have already been eaten alive by mosquitos so really the swing has already begun!
The pictures for this blog are mostly my pre-vaca activities, en route going home, and a few (very, very few) photos of my time at home, hard to remember to take pictures when you’re spending so much time relaxing!
-Peace Out & Happy New Year