I am back from my European adventure. I have been back for about one week, and it has been hard to adjust back. I definitely experienced some reverse culture shock and lows that set in after realizing I am no longer in a different country.
I was happy to be back with my dogs, see my family and friends, return to my yoga studio, sleep in my own bed and shower in my own shower, but, I deeply miss the experience of being somewhere new, exploring and learning.
I loved trying to speak a new language and being corrected by locals. I adored seeing the sites, delving into the history and wrapping myself in a new culture. I absolutely live for these experiences, and it has taken all of my willpower not to re-pack my bags this past week, and run across the nearest country border, into Mexico, just to have that experience all over again.
Our vacation was amazing. I am still digesting everything I saw and learned. If you are up for it, I am happy to share my pictures and experiences. I took over 1,700 pictures and I will not subject you to all of that nonsense (a big thank-you to my friend, Eddie, who sat looked at every.single.picture with me!), but I am happy to share a little but from each city, if you are interested.
I am oh so fortunate to still have another month off of work, so, the remainder of my summer will be spent hiking, camping, dancing at the beach and trying to train my dogs (I read one of Cesar Millan’s books while on vacation, and man, do we have a lot of work to do!).
A great big THANK-YOU to all of my guest bloggers who filled in for me, while I was away. If you have not already, please check out these posts from: Nicole, Barb, Jessica, Melissa, Kristen, Marcella and Karen.
Thanks for hanging in there with me, as I adjust back to reality. I am slowly coming back, although mentally, I am sometimes still back in the cafes:
Welcome back, my wanderlust friend. :: hugs ::
Welcome back! I know EXACTLY what you’re going through. I felt the same after my trip to SE Asia… when you’re traveling to new countries every day (every minute!) is an adventure… not so much in your everyday life. It’s a big adjustment coming back. But at least you have more time off work and it sounds like you have some fun stuff planned 🙂
I am slowly getting adjusted, but it was really hard at first.