Friday, June 1, 2012

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5/30/12 We had another free day today… it was a good day to catch up on some homework, laundry, and soak up a little bit of sunshine. It’s hard to determine if time goes by slowly or quickly here. Each day seems to crawl by at a nice languid pace while one is in the moment, but come bedtime I’m surprised that another day is already over. We’ve only got one week left in the house, and I’m already missing this place and the people. It’s hard to explain the feeling of wanting to come back to a place I haven’t even left yet.
There’s something about this community that makes you feel so at ease. It isn’t like the United States where everyone seems to be in such a hurry – need to be at this place, at this time, no time to stop, always need to worry, can’t bother myself with your life because I have my own problems to worry about… things just aren’t like that here. There’s a flow in every movement of every being; everything is as it should be, everything falls into place. We learn about culture shock when being thrust into a new/strange place for the first time, but we don’t think about it in terms of coming back to our “own” culture. It’s hard to believe that one can have trouble adjusting to being back at home, but we’re not the same people we were before we left; adjusting back into my pre-Brazil routine is going to take some time and a lot of patience.

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