Stateside versus the African continent
By now, everyone has had the opportunity to have a good night’s rest and begin the daunting task of re-adjusting to life in America. While we were abroad for only 11 days, it is interesting to note how easy it was to adjust. A few things that I have noticed, just in my 24 hours of being back in the United States (and only about 20 hours back in Iowa):
* There is no longer a need to hoard water bottles, as it is safe to drink the tap water.
* It is harder to remember to take your malaria pill when you are not around others who are also taking ones.
* Cars once again drive on the right side of the road. (In Tanzania, where we finished our trip, they drive on the left side.)
* Americans move at a much faster pace than Africans.
* You no longer have to continuously count your new American bills to ensure you have enough for meals during the final days/while at airports.
* You now have to catch up with world news, work, school, family and friends from the past week and a half.
* Technology once again means instant contact with others.
The re-adjustment stage will last for various lengths for each person. However, we are not yet done as a group. We have two more set meetings, one just with our group and one as a presentation on the William Penn University campus about the trip. We also have the friendships and bonds we made from the trip. I know already that people will keep in contact with each other – as really only the 10 of us will know what it was like to spend 11 days together in the middle of Africa.
This blog served its purpose of educating people during the trip of our daily adventures – but we will also be adding photos, videos, and more stories to it – as we wrap up this trip and determine where William Penn University should go on its next international student journey.