January 25, 2005

Back and Better Than Ever

Coming back wasn't what I thought it was going to be.

I was slightly troubled about coming back, to be honest. I cannot express how wonderful it felt to be in the States for those weeks. To feel safe. To see my family. To see my friends. To have those great, fun conversations. To be Aunt Tori in person, and not just over the phone.

I obviously was reluctant to leave all of that behind.

But being here again, well, it's not so bad.

I really like the family I am living with right now. It's fun to sit down at the dinner table with them and hear about the highs and lows of a kid's life. The girls are a little older than the kids at the last family I stayed with, and it really does make a lot of difference in those dinnertime conversations.

My job is kind of crazy right now, but it's a good crazy. I come in and I work hard and I go home feeling like I've accomplished something. This is in direct contrast to how I was feeling last semester. We are taking the kids on a retreat this weekend, and as soon as I got back, I've been busy with all those details. It was an excellent thing to happen. I was so busy immediately upon my return that I didn't have time to get homesick or spend weeks adjusting back to life here again. I just jumped in with both feet and hit the ground running.

I also started back to Spanish classes at IGA. I had been debating on whether or not to go back, for a couple of reasons. One, I hate getting up early to go. Two, I really didn't have the money in my budget. Three, I spend the majority of my day speaking in English, so it is a struggle for me to keep up with the people in my class who go and practice all day.

But once I got back, I realized just how much Spanish I had already lost in the few weeks I spent in the States. I didn't want to waste this opportunity I have to work on it every day, so I signed back up. It helped that the family I am staying with didn't want to charge me any rent, so I had the cash for classes. It's actually really cheap to study here, but on my budget, even a little extra makes a big difference.

Coming back wasn't what I thought it was going to be.

And that's a good thing.

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