Home sweet home
Trip Start Feb 17, 2007
79Trip End Apr 13, 2012
My first contract finished. Eighteen months is a long time away. I love living and working in Asia...but it's nice to come home. Great western food like cheeseburgers and linguine. Mild temperatures. Day hikes through the Cascades. And a chance to visit old friends.
It's a strange feeling returning to Seattle. Everything is familiar...but it doesn't seem like home anymore. Navigating the city without a car, phone or computer is quite different.
Perhaps the biggest change in a year and a half was the change to electric cars. The traffic is so quiet. No, that's not quite true. After a while I realized they're still gas-fueled vehicles
Also, cars that stop for pedestrians. I'm not used to that kind of respect on the street. In Vietnam, the bigger boy wins. Their right-of-way: trucks > cars > motorcycles > pedestrians.
One last shock. Yes, it's a common throughout western culture. I see it everywhere. But something which I had completely forgotten about. And had rarely seen since I left the states. I'm embarrassed to say I found myself staring quite blatantly. Women smoking. Eighteen months away is just too long.
Yes, it's good to come back. I just have to click my heels together more often.