Getting back to the United States was a journey that took us to the sketchiest part of Lima, a 14 hour bus ride, a red eye flight, and a near death experience on the way to the airport due to our taxi blowing out its transmission on the freeway (all within 48 hours).
But, alas, I am here, in the land of free refills and entitled hot showers. I’ve settled in nicely (for the most part) and life’s trying to wrestle me back to the grind. So far, life’s winning (for the most part).
Since transition can sometimes be hard/weird/awkward I’ve decided to put together my list of how to move back:
1. Drink all of the free refills. Seriously, this is what America does best. Why has no one else caught on? I can finish my first glass of water/Coke Zero before I even get my food and other countries expect that to last my entire meal? And no I’m not going to pay for 2 drinks during 1 meal. So, first on my list when I got back was a trip to Happy Hour at Sonic for a giant, refillable beverage.
2. Sleep in. Pretty soon you’ll have to start a real job and wake up early and get home late, so sleep in while you can. It’ll help with the jet lag. Plus, you’ll probably need some beauty sleep since you’re recovering from months in a third world country.
3. Do fun things. When I got back I took up every opportunity to do fun things. I wasn’t working yet, so I figured, why not? I rock climbed, rappelled, oh and we extended our California road trip/vacation because we could. No job, no responsibilities, no problem (…except for the no money part).
4. Don’t slack on the job hunt. Finding a job always takes longer than you will think. It’s like…really? A ninth interview? Oh you hired someone else? So just, apply everywhere. Do every interview. Something will eventually fall into place.
5. Have amazing friends and family. I got super lucky with this one. Once we landed I had texts and calls welcoming me back to the land of the free. Friends threw pizza parties (the homemade amazingly delicious kind), family took us to dinner, people helped us build furniture, let us stay in their homes, helped us move, heck, one even had the cutest baby ever and let me hang out in the hospital to meet him right after he was born. The list goes on. Having amazing people around makes moving back exciting and fun and enjoyable. (Guys, thank you for everything and helping us so much. We owe you all. Big time.)
So, since being back from the 3 month Peruvian journey, life’s been a crazy case of great and scary and awesome. Michael and I celebrated our first anniversary, we discovered we love rappelling and climbing, I’ve started a new job, friends have gotten married and had babies, we have a new apartment, and all of the sudden it’s fall. When did that happen?
Aaaaand photo dump: