So I’m back in the big silly and it feels so good to be here. of course I’m at my new school in Xiamen, and as of yet I haven’t really met too many people (I’ve been dealing with jet-lag, setting up my new apartment and meeting my new bosses.)
So before I go into what it’s like at my new job I thought I’d do a quick wrap up post on my summer in America.
I’ll admit the first half was rough. To save money I stayed at my mom’s house, a town I no longer have many friends, and didn’t do much. I wasn’t happy to be back and everything was bugging me, especially the food. I had a non-stop stomach ache for almost the whole time, though eventually it got better. I missed China, I missed my friends and the summer seemed so damn long. Not all was lost though, I did make some new friends, and I made a few trips to see friends in various parts of New England. I also got to spend a bunch of time with my brother and his kids.
The second half though, was better. Jason came, and he likes to take credit for making the trip better, but actually that wasn’t it. Something in me clicked. Partially it was the culture shock wearing off, partially the fact that I was seeing friends again, but I began to appreciate the places I had lived. You see, I was sick of my hometown, and sick of all the same old thing when I left. And every time I have been back since then I felt like nothing had changed and everything was still boring. But now 5 years have passed, I’m beginning to appreciate the fact that nothing changes and everyone is the same. I went to the library, the bookstore, the post office and ran into people that I really like.
So, overall, I didn’t hate it. I don’t suddenly feel all warm and fuzzy about going home (It will be at least 2 or 3 years till I go back again) but it wasn’t the nightmare that it had been in the past. It was good to see everyone again, and do things like eat turkey and Ben & Jerry’s.
Here’s a quick picture re-cap of my summer:
So that was my summer. Now, eyes forward to look at the future. Next post? My new life in China!