It’s true- I’m back in the States!
*cue melodramatic music*
As great as it is to sleep in my own bed in my own room, there are still quite a few things I’m adjusting to and missing. And it hasn’t even been 36 hours that I’ve been back home!
-hot running water :: it’s so weird turning on the faucet and feeling water that’s not ice cold come dripping out! I think my skin is in shock every time.
-the silence :: I miss the loud animal sounds from my little house in the mountains and I miss the crazy construction & traffic noises of Lima. Never thought I would miss the city sounds but I do!
-air conditioning :: after months of no heat or AC in a building, it’s weird hearing it turn on in the house and feeling it chill my skin. That’s honestly one first world luxury I could live without.
-a squeaky bed :: every move I would make on any bed I slept on in Peru (between hotels, hostels, and my house I slept on 10 different beds!) would creak or squeak. Sleeping on my bed that doesn’t make a noise was pleasant, but I kind of miss the random little squeaks and creaks. Is that weird?
-distance :: I miss the proximity of everything… not able to walk to buy my morning bread from Abuelita in the mountains, not able to walk to the grocery store right around the corner from me in Lima, not able to leave wherever I’m staying and walk for ice cream or an afternoon snack from a tienda…
-family :: I’m adjusting to having them around again and it’s weird. In the mountains I was alone in my house most of the time when I was there, and I savored the stillness and ability to spend hours studying my Bible or journaling. In Lima I was around friends most of the time, so it’s weird being around family now and not simply friends or neighbors.
-Spanish :: being constantly surrounded by the language I have a passion for was amazing, and now that I’m not surrounded by it I miss it terribly. This morning in fact, I watched a Spanish morning show just to hear Spanish. And now as I type I’m listening to Spanish radio. I miss not hearing and speaking the language that I grew to love even more these past months. I felt so bilingual- switching back and forth between English and Spanish constantly, and I miss it! I apologize in advance if I start speaking Spanglish.
-friends :: I miss not being in the same country as my new friends! I miss not being able to text my sweet friend N and ask her to translate something for me into English, or tell her some funny story. I miss not being able to step outside and talk to my Peruvian brother, Lito, about music, movies, culture. I miss not being minutes away from my boyfriend, and walking to get lunch together. I miss the friends and relationships that were planted and grew during my time in Peru!
-food :: I’ve only eaten one meal since being back (pizza last night) but I already miss the Peruvian cuisine. I miss not having my own little kitchen and frying up eggs for breakfast. I miss rice and potatoes and spicy chile sauces with every meal. I miss cheap novelty ice cream and Sublime chocolate bars. My eating is way off so maybe I’ll get it back on track soon? Or maybe I’ll just go eat every meal possible at this Peruvian restaurant in Durham? (Yes, I’ve been doing my research trying to find anything Peruvian in the area!)
-cold drinks! :: it’s true, I’m re-adjusting to having a cold drink or ice in a drink. In Peru they hardly ever have cold drinks in tiendas, and ice is unheard of in most places.
-wifi :: it’s weird having wifi now 24/7, and I never thought I would miss it. In the mountains I took a trip to the Internet cafe 30mins away maybe twice a week, and in Lima I had wifi in restaurants and my friends’ houses, so it’s weird having it all the time now!
So yeah, I’m already missing the culture, people, and various little aspects of my time in Peru. And I’m experiencing some jet lag, even though Peru is only 1 hour behind NC time! I blame it on
the sleepless Tuesday night my crazy day of travel Wednesday and a 6.5-hour layover in Miami without wifi.
Be expecting tons of Peru recap posts, possibly starting with the biggest and most amazing part of my time in Peru- MACHU PICCHU! A week ago I was exploring the beautiful wonder of the world with my boyfriend and it was truly an unforgettable trip.
Have you ever had a hard time adjusting to life back in the States after an overseas trip?