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29 June 2010 @ 09:30 am
Back home again  
I'm back home. Got home yesterday morning.

It's really weird being back. Everything feels slightly tilted, like I'm wearing glasses of a different color. A lot of things seem a little bit pointless, but a lot of things are also that much more enjoyable now than ever. Last night I went to bed and just reveled in the softness of my bed. Before that, I ate strawberries with chocolate and just enjoyed it so completely.

I have apparently lost about 11 pounds in these last three weeks (5 kg). Don't feel skinnier though. And it's not at all worth being hungry all the time. I have never thought about food as much as I have in the last three weeks.

I have learned a great many things:

Enjoy silence. It might seem weird, but no, out in the middle of nowhere, it's not quiet. When living in a village consisting mostly of children, it's definitely not quiet. Add to that goats, chickens, insects, adults who really can't sing, a radio with really bad signal... and when we went to town, the cars are constantly honking. And I do mean constantly. If five seconds pass without someone honking, then that's a very long time.

Enjoy your friends. Being without them is very hard, but talking to them will brighten your day a lot when you are in brand new surroundings.

Enjoy food. Love food. I have missed vegetables, salmon, non-white bread, and so many other things. I cannot describe how much I've missed good food.

Enjoy solitude. I have spent the last three weeks in constant company - mostly Susanna and Carin, with whom I went to Ghana, but also with the kids and the adults at the orphanage. Also, everywhere we went, children and adults alike yelled "Obroni!" after us. "Obroni" means "white person" and it's fair game to yell after every white person you see. With kids it's kind of cute for a little while. With adults, I felt mostly like giving them a look and saying, "Duh. You have eyes. Go you." Anyway, all in all, I haven't been alone at all. It's been good to have company in Ghana - I wouldn't have made otherwise - but here at home, I will enjoy my solitude.

I have learned a great many other things, too. That I want to have kids at some point in my life. That yes, studying to become a doctor is really the right choice for me. That I should be very thankful for the life I lead, and make the most of it.

Hope everything here at home has been nice. I'm working my way back through LJ entries, but will obviously not be able to get through everything back three weeks. If you have something you think I really should see, feel free to share :)
Mood: happyhappy
Nikki: NH Tree & lightsnakeisha on June 29th, 2010 08:50 am (UTC)
Welcome back.

And you really are amazing to have done this at all.

cosmic: Gen: Me 2bananacosmic on June 29th, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
Thank you :)

And thank you. It's been a hard but amazing experience. Now that it's done, I wouldn't trade it, but I definitely wondered what I'd gotten myself into the first week...

grey853: ani_chairondock_rainbowgraphicsgrey853 on June 29th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're home and enjoying a new appreciation of your life. So many people take things like food and shelter for granted.