Those transition moments

It’s been one month since I returned to the US of A so I thought I’d share with you some of those moments I’ve had as I continue to transition and mentally adjust to living back in my passport country.

  • I have an irrational fondness for and amount of blankets and jackets for a person who lives in the sub-tropics.
  • Radio streaming!
  • Moving back and unpacking is a perfect time for cleaning the closet – getting rid of clothes that don’t fit, you wouldn’t wear again, are out of style….
  • I enjoy self-flushing toilets….and toilets are shorter in the US for anyone who wants to know.
  • Apparently one does not get rid of winter clothes when one lives in the tropics as they’re too hard to find and purchase when one needs them (I’m discovering an inordinate amount of gloves and scarves)
  • Re-learning that I can watch videos online
  • For someone who wears flip-flops as much as she can, I have enough socks to supply a small army
  • My room is like a pirate treasure hunt, discovering the things my mom has hidden in my room over the past two years.
  • I’m still slightly weirded out when I use tap water
  • Not having to soak veggies and fruits in a bleach/water solution for ½ hour is still a hiccup in my thinking.
  • I can eat fresh, uncooked food at restaurants and not worry about getting super sick afterwards.

Yeah, those are only a few but sometimes they seem big. I’ve also learned that getting away from everything I have to “do” and, while still working, I can also relax – my brain has freely processed. Still lots of questions, but a lot more peace. 🙂

About Traveling Mosaic

I'm on a journey in this world, hence the "Traveling" part of the name. My life is also made up of pieces that, when the Master completes it, will be a beautiful Masterpiece, hence "Mosaic."
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3 Responses to Those transition moments

  1. Terri Chapman says:

    Lisa, When we first got to Holland we added a ‘We knew we were in Holland when…’ page to our website. On our first trip back to the US (2 years later) we added a section called ‘We knew we were back in the US when…’ It was interesting to see the things that had become so normal in Holland and the things about the US that we had ‘forgotten’….like how to flush and American toilet! LOL!


  2. B.Gebrehiwot says:

    Hahaha – yep, the watching videos online and radio streaming is something I adapt to pretty quickly. Because it’s something I miss so much. The tap water totally weirds me our and toilets are so short in the States! Another thing for the care package is flip-flops (Old Navy, size 7 or 8). I’ve broken 3 pairs now in the last 3 months… sigh. I brought a pair for the hubs, and turns out they were women’s… so I have a size 11 pair that I can slog around in for the laughs. Bahahahaha

  3. tracy says:

    Why in the world would you ever even own gloves and scarves in Florida? Oh, I suppose you might have needed them for the occasional trip to other northern climes.

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