Well I’ve been back in the United States now for about a week. My journey home was alright minus a bit of a delay where I ended up having to stay the night in Cairo. I was actually really lucky though because one of my volunteer friends was on the same flight as me from Entebbe to Cairo. We ended up having to wait in Entebbe until 10am when we were supposed to fly at 430am. We both missed our connecting flights and had to wait until the next morning to get new ones. We were so grateful that we were together. It actually turned out being really nice because the airport brought us to this extremely fancy hotel. It was so nice! They even paid for lunch, dinner, and breakfast, which were all of 5 star quality! We both got our own rooms with king size beds and relaxed and enjoyed the luxury. The next morning we separated ways and I took off on my 12 hour flight to NYC. The flight actually went by quickly. I got some time to nap and watched 2 movies. I was then greeted in the airport by both my parents with welcome home balloons and flowers. It was really sweet. J
Being back in the United States has been a bit weird. People kept telling me I would experience culture shock when I got back but I kind of brushed it off. How much culture shock could I possibly have when I’m coming back to a place I am so familiar with? Now, I really understand what they meant. Being home is so strange. Everything here seems SO NICE!!!!! I always knew we had nice things but I don’t think I’ve ever noticed it the way I do now. I guess I got too used to all the dirt roads, small shacks, and trash everywhere…..
Being back amongst other Americans whose daily lives haven’t changed since I left is also very strange. Many of the things people are talk about just seem so insignificant in comparison to the things I was surrounded by. Then when people start complaining about their problems all I can think about is how much they don’t realize how lucky they are to have the kind of problems we do that are not nearly to the same magnitude as people’s problems back in Uganda. Being home is just weird. I don’t know how else to put it. I feel like I have a new outlook on so many different things.
Anywho, it is really nice to be back and to have things like hot water, air conditioning, washing machines, and proper showers again! However, it still doesn’t change how much I miss Uganda. I got so used to living without these things that it didn’t matter so much anymore. The only thing I couldn’t stand was showering with cold water!! Everything else I didn’t mind. The joy of being surround by children and teens who loved me was the only thing I cared about. I think one of my favorite things would be when I first came into the center. So many of the children would get so excited to see me; they would run up to me with open arms yelling my name with a big smile on their face. It was really so nice and made me so happy to be there. Gosh. I miss those kids so so so much. L I know that I couldn’t say goodbye to them forever so sometime in the future, when I have the opportunity, I plan to go back and be with them again.
So what now you may ask? The next step in my life is to head back to Northeastern for fall semester. After fall semester I have another 6 month Co-op (internship). This time I think I’ll stay in Boston for it. After that I just have half of a semester to finish off and then I graduate!! J