Feb 02 2012
A Wrinkle in Time
It really does seem like there is a tiny wrinkle in time which has gobbled up my first month and a half back. I really meant to write more often I swear!! Things are going great, school is good, and work is busy.
Home sweet Home.
Let me go off on a winding path for a few minutes and talk about my adjustment home. Julie Maddox from the International Dept. at VU was the first person to give everyone a heads up on what to expect upon returning home. Reverse Culture Shock is a real problem for some, yet I have had a pretty smooth transition.
I went back to work a day after I landed and swore I would not get jet lag. My plan was partially successful, keeping busy and moving and avoiding naps helped a lot and I did rather well. I was just run down for a week or two.
I have really enjoyed talking with everyone about my experience but at times I feel like holding a detour sign up. A vast majority of my questions concern what I did not like about China or the Chinese and I find myself taking everyone on a detour to my positive stories and reflections.
If you have kept up with the blog you know I had some great times and some frustrating moments, but I really want to share those good times with people, especially during those quick conversations.
Things I Miss
My first oddity of returning home was realizing everyone speaks English! Now I know that sounds odd. But I got so used to hearing people around me but not understanding a word they said. We could also say whatever we wanted without worrying about people’s reactions and I miss that at times.
The things I miss most our the great people I met, Julia, Lily. Wang 老是, and the international students I befriended. I keep in touch with them as best I can but I can never express how thankful I am for meeting them. These friends made my experience 1000% better. I cannot say it enough, when you go overseas meet the nationals!
Where to next… That is the question that hangs over my head. I wish I could just pop in ‘Future’ into a GPS and it could show me the way. But, alas, this is probably not going to work. I have a great desire to return to China to teach and travel. However, school has its hold on me for another two or three semesters. Until then I am knee deep in German / Chinese history and work.