I said I would update once I got back to America so here we go...
The final days of Peace Corps were a bit stressful with the amount of paperwork we had to do but it all got done and I set off to Tanzania with Joy and Farhan to meet up with my Mom. We went to Zanzibar and saw tortoises, went swimming with dolphins and just enjoyed ourselves on the beach!
|Mom and me reunited after a year and four months in Tanzania!|
|the streets of Zanzibar|
|Farhan cramped on the train|
|elephants in Chobe National Park-Botswana|
|the view from Table Mountain|
|biking to Cape Point!|
|best wine tour ever with Wine Flies!|
Next Joy and I flew to Rome to meet up with my roommate from college, Kyla, while my mom flew to London to meet up with my Dad. We spent a couple of days in Rome and Barcelona and then went to London to start a two week bus tour around Europe.
|Kyla, Joy, Cara and me in Barcelona!|
|enjoying the beach like the locals ;)|
|Switzerland! My absolute favorite!|
|Kyla and me behind the Notre Dame in Paris|
I flew back to the States September 20th and to be completely honest I didn't want to come back. I wanted to keep traveling and avoiding reality! But I got on that plane and spent a couple more days with Kyla in Denver, saw some old college friends and then drove down to Pueblo. I was really stupid though and decided that going to Walmart was a great idea. I told myself I needed to get a phone, an adapter for my computer and some food since my parents were gone and I knew there wouldn't be any at the house.
I ended up walking out with hot pockets and a pint of blue bell ice cream...
I ate all of the ice cream the minute I got home as well as a crapload of Cheetos.
I was miserable. I just could not imagine myself living in America. Thank god my brother came by and got me out of the house because I'm pretty sure that entire super bag of Cheetos would have been empty with the ice cream carton in the trash can.
Since then things have been getting easier but this whole readjustment thing is definitely going to take some time. I don't understand why people have to honk their horn at me if I do not go right when the light turns green, calm down!! And I feel socially awkward sometimes because I have nothing to contribute to conversations that involve nice, materialistic things. And why are we such a wasteful society? Is it really neccessary to buy bottled water when the water out of our faucets is clean, cold and here's the best part...free?!?
Now I don't mean to be a negative nancy, there are some pretty great things about America too. It is so nice to be able to get in my own car and drive somewhere whenever I want, food is quite amazing here (finally got me some Chipotle!) and it is so nice to be working out at my mom's studios again.
But...I don't see myself being here for too long. I am going to start applying for graduate schools overseas for a Masters in Public Health/Nutrition starting in September. Until then I plan on working in Pueblo and saving some money. The older I get the more I realize I am like a hummingbird. I just want to explore and see as much as I can while I am still young. And to be honest, a nice house with a white picket fence, manicured lawn, and expensive cars in the driveway is not a life I see myself living. A life full of adventures, traveling and being challenged is definitely my cup of tea.
I was such a lost little puppy when I first got back, but now I am starting to figure it all out...and I think it is going to be a really beautiful thing :)
"If we are not a little bit uncomfortable every day, we're not growing. All the good stuff is outside our comfort zone." -Jack Canfield
Sending lots of love to you all,