Returning Pains

It’s weird to…

  • have a hot shower with good water pressure.
  • have a clean bathroom.
  • have more than 4 pairs of underwear, 5 pairs of socks, 5 shirts and 1 pair of pants to choose from.
  • have an insulated cab.
  • lie in a familiar bed.
  • dig through clothes from a closet instead of a bag.
  • have a working computer with uninterrupted, fast internet.
  • see Americans.
  • see diversity.
  • see familiar faces.
  • see yellow cabs.
  • leave tip.
  • hear English in American accents.
  • use a cell phone.
  • read time from a watch.
  • wear jeans.
  • wear more than one pair of pants.
  • wear a different pair of shoes.
  • brush my teeth with tap water.
  • drink tap water.
  • not having to think about how to bargain.
  • not having to think about finding the closest internet cafe.
  • not having to think about putting on mosquito repellant.
  • not having to think about taking daily malarial pills.
  • not having to think about sunburn.
  • not having to think about racing against time.
  • not having to think about fitting everything in one day.
  • not having to think about how to get to my next destination.

"Welcome Home"

- At time of posting in New York City, it was 75.2 °F -

Humidity: 79% | Wind Speed: 6km/hr | Cloud Cover: cloudy

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1 Comment

  1. had those exact same sentiments a year ago when i got back from living in nepal for a month and a half. even then, it felt like it was almost permanent — like i wouldn’t be able to brush my teeth from the tap ever again, or i’d always bathe myself out of a low faucet/bucket of water — and the strange thing was that i felt really okay with it. your blog was a good read while i was abroad this summer as well (our itineraries crossed a couple times, albeit really briefly) — welcome back.

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