I've returned from my travels but figured I'd keep updating this thing as I get back into "normal" civilian life and continue to process my experiences from the past two months. It feels like I was gone for much longer, in the same way that my first year in New York felt like three. When you're traveling, every day is packed with emotional, physical, mental and spiritual adventures. Your mind and body work in ways that is hasn't in years. You start examining things in yourself and others that you never though existed or had unknowingly ignored. You dive in with all your senses every second.
One weird part of coming back is that everything is pretty much the same as when I left it. I forgot that no one else was whale watching and plane hopping and gorilla chasing for the past two months and am reminded of this each time a friend remarks how quickly it went by or how it feels like I "Just left" (sigh).
Now that I'm back in America-land, here are some things I am happy to have back in my life:
- my iphone. OMG I love google maps so much and not fretting about running out of airtime in the middle of a call and texting and googling from anywhere and...
- my shower
- Netlflix and Spotify
- Internet that works all the time, everywhere. God do I love the internet.
- Reliable public transportation
- American outlets and not having to carry around a converter or wondering if I bought the correct one
- Knowing how to get from point A to point B
- Summer weather (Cape Town was cold...and rainy)
- Shorts and above-the-knee skirts
One of the hardest things about being back is figuring out how to keep the last couple months of memories and epiphanies and landscapes and people close to my head and heart. There's a fear that each day I'm back in NYC, those precious things will slip farther and farther away. For now, I'm still wearing a new pair of African earrings everyday and Whatsapp-ing with all my new friends across the globe.
Traveling has made me braver and more invincible feeling. It's also made me see that NYC has a fairly large stick up it's ass. Sorry, but it's true. This city takes itself way too seriously. I'm trying to carve out a more relaxed New York, despite its lack of mountains and $7 beers. I think some mountain views and greenery would do everybody some good.