Being back doesn’t feel that weird. I was able to fall right back into the routines and the left that I left. I’m even temping at a place I temped right before I left.
One thing that was weird was money. I had some change in my hand and the quarters felt SO small! It was weird! Quarters always seemed big before, but after being in these other countries, I guess their huge pieces of change made the US change feel small. That was odd. It felt so tiny!
Another thing. Of course when you get back, you love to talk about your trip to people, but you don’t want to bring it up and just start blabbering. And when someone is nice enough to ask you about your trip, they just say, “How was your trip?” or, “Tell me about Thailand.” And then it is hard because those questions are so broad that you don’t even know what to say. That’s one good thing about having traveled with Jim, because we’ll always have each other.
And that’s another thing. My mom kept saying she couldn’t believe Jim and I didn’t kill each other after being together basically 24 hours a day for 4 months. I think it is great too that we did awesome. Of course there were times we argued but that is totally normal. If anything, the trip proves we work good together!
This trip didn’t change my life or anything like that. It didn’t “open my eyes to new cultures” like you might think. I’ve traveled before so that happened to me years ago. I think it’s a one-time thing. All it is is a great memory, good stories, and knowledge about things, people, food, and places that I didn’t have before. Life is about growing your body of knowledge isn’t it? And I don’t mean like book-knowledge, but any kind. For example, now I know that clams will dig themselves back into the sand if you pull them out. And, most importantly, never use Chinese ginger for Thai cooking. You use Thai ginger.