The end? and pictures

Trip Start Feb 05, 2007
Trip End Apr 28, 2007

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Friday, May 4, 2007

I have put off writing my last entry because I was waiting for a moment of inspiration to write something worth reading. All my other entries were written under a time constraint and now that I have the time to sit down and reflect and think about my trip as I adjust to coming home concrete is coming to mind. But I thought that I should post before all of my faithful readers give up on the last pictures I said that I was going to post.

I did not sleep at all on my flights home and I came home a huge mess. I walked off the plane with a rash across my face, I guess I am carrying a little bit more home than I planned. I think that my body has finally reset its body clock and I would be able to sleep through the night if my face weren't burning all night.

In a lot of ways the trip doesn't end by getting home. I am still learning from my experiences abroad. And as I get home and reintroduce myself to the lifestyle at home I start to see home and South Africa and Swaziland differently. Everything is strangely large and manicured in the United States, and the streets are eerily empty of of people walking down them.

I had to stop myself from throwing my banana peel out the window when I was in the car. I also need to retrain my standing in line behavior. When I first got to South Africa it drove me crazy that people would just push past me to get to the counter. The mentality is more, "well she just must not really want to get at the front if she is standing back there for no reason". Unknowingly I seem to have picked this habit up and I have caught myself pushing past people slowly filing into a line.There are a lot of little things like that which continue to happen.

I also brought back some music with me, and while it's nothing that outstanding it has been refreshing to hear Zulu (another language spoken in South Africa and closely related to Setswatsi). I will also recommend a movie from South Africa Tsotsi I believe that it won an Academy Award for best foreign film last year. While the location that I was working in Barberton is nothing in comparison to size of the township near Jo'burg it is a similar picture to the place I was working in.

For any potential travelers reading this blog there is one thing I will do differently next time that I am abroad. I will only take two pairs of underwear. I will buy a second pair of this exoficco synthetic underwear that washes easily and drys in about an hour... and that's all you'll ever need. it's truly a bad ass way to travel.

while i was abroad I realized that I could be doing almost the same teaching/mentoring at home. I am planning to get involved in Walla Walla with some different projects this summer and I hope that I will be able to continue with them on into the school year.

I would also like to say thank you for all your support while I was away. All the comments and emails I got from family and friends were encouraging, it's nice to be able to feel supported even when I am so far away. enjoy the pictures... and i hope you enjoyed this blog... or log... or whatever, I thought it turned out nicely.

just to warn you the pictures a bit random, but most are from emanuel because I know none got up from there. there were also concerns that i only wore one yellow shirt while i was abraod. I assure you I did not wear my yellow shirt everyday... just most days.
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