Sunday, June 5, 2016

Transitioning back to the US

It’s hard to believe that this maymester has come to an end. Peru has been an incredible experience. I have learned so much and made memories that will last a lifetime. After a month of living in a foreign country, there are a few things I will have to get used to back in the US. First is having to drive. I admit that I am not a great driver, so it was nice not to have to worry about getting myself places while in Peru. Everywhere we wanted to go to around town we could walk to, and everywhere else we were taken in a bus, train, or airplane. Now, I can’t just walk down the street to buy some oreos – I have to get in my car and drive 7 minutes to the grocery store. What an inconvenience. Another big one is the water. It was weird to wake up this morning and be able to use the sink water to brush my teeth without thinking twice. Whenever I am thirsty, I can just walk over to my sink and grab a cup of water. I no longer have to worry about only drinking out of bottles. Also – restaurants. I can order water FOR FREE! It is also weird getting back into the habit of putting toilet paper in the toilet instead of in a trashcan. And not having to bring my own toilet paper and/or hand sanitizer to the bathroom. It’s nice to not have to think about. Another thing is the money! In Peru, I look at a menu and see 15 and think, oh that’s a nice cheap price. Here, I see 15 and I have to realize that it’s more expensive that I think it is. I can’t eat out every night like in Perú, so I have to get back into the habit of cooking myself meals. Overall, there is a lot I will miss about Peru but also a lot I am excited to have back in the US.

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