I have a "normal" life again! E and I woke up and went to brunch, then spent the day sorting through my boxes at our apartment. I havenít told many of my friends that Iím home yet because I needed a few days to get over my jetlag and process everything thatís happened to me. But Eís friend was having a birthday party at a tapas bar in Brooklyn, and I figured now was as good a time as any to mingle and try to readjust to city life.
Everyone was asking me how my trip was (how do you sum up an entire year?) and I got struck by the feeling that nothing at all has changed. So much has happened to me during my travels, but back in New York life moves on as usual: Friends go to work, have happy hours, work out at the gymÖ I donít know if I expected things to be different, but I feel a little out of sync being back in my old world. Iím sure getting over my culture shock, just like anything, will take a bit of time.