Culture shock at home?

Trip Start Jul 28, 2009
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Trip End Aug 10, 2010


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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Our flight from Houston to Fort Lauderdale was horrible.  Nik had to sit in between the two fattest people on the plane and I had to sit in a different row.   For the first time in my life, I was actually scared when we went through some really bad turbulence.  I thought that this can't be happening, we are on our way home, are we really going to crash???  The song that came to mind was the Alanis Morisette song “Ironic”. 

We had to unfortunately spend one night in Fort Lauderdale and catch the 1pm Bahamas Air flight the following day.  We head to the airport, nervous, excited, scared!  To my surprise, my good friend Leslie shows up at the airport!  We sat and chatted for a while before heading to the gate. 

The airplane heads towards the runway,  Nik and I are looking at each other and holding hands, saying “OK, here we go….almost home”, when the Captain comes on the loudspeaker and announces we have to turn back to the terminal as the plane has mechanical problems and everyone will have to deplane.  The only thing I could do was laugh but Nik was highly upset!  Finally after 4 hours, we get to board the plane and head home!

Approaching the island, I gazed out the window and looked at the familiar surroundings, and I had serious mixed feelings.  It was good to be home, of course, and we were anxious to see family and friends, but we also felt a bit sad and disoriented that our wonderful trip was finally over. I had heard from many travelers coming home from long trip experiences have a bigger shock on their return home that when they first went abroad.  I wondered how hard it will be to return to "normal" life or if I wanted to return at all!   I know that the time, money and effort we spent on exploring this wonderful world was worth more than I ever thought possible and we would do it all over again.  

I was shocked to see how much my niece, Makayla had grown.  She was not the same little girl we left behind, she looked like she was 16!  My parents looked wonderful as always and it felt like we had just seen them a month ago, it certainly did not feel like one year!  Our dog, Chico, was confused and excited, is that really them?

It was actually nice to come home to an empty house.  I could take my time getting my stuff out of storage and putting everything back in its place.  I would probably find more stuff to get rid of.  I have certainly realized that you do not need a lot of things to be happy.  Actually less is more!

I think the first two weeks being back home was the hardest for me.  I wanted to be home but at the same time, I wanted to be out there still traveling!  Its also very hard to answer questions about my trip.  How do I possible sum up an entire year into one sentence?
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stou
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That is a beautiful thing you've done. Exploring and learning. It is a dream of mine to learn languages and see new places, be out all day and meet new faces since me and my fiance work from morning till night, we don't have much time to explore and been hit with the economic crisis it's difficult to travel.
But since now we've done our two first small trips and hopefully we'll continue. You gave me hope. And the ironic thing is that in August 2011 we where planning to go to Bahamas, Great Exuma and visit Atlantis in Nassau. So reading you made me want it badly. We've decided to postpone it since the tickets are a little expensive but you never know, some day this will be my biggest trip.

worldtraveler2
worldtraveler2 on

Thank you Stou! Traveling the world has been a dream of mine since I was little, so it certainly is a dream come true and even better that I took my son with me. I wish you the best of luck and I am sure that you will achieve it. Let me know if you go to Atlantis, I have friends in Nassau....

stou
stou on

Thank you, I hope so. I'm thinking about renting a home for the whole month of August. I've found one in Exuma. I hope Great Exuma is nice, cause I want a quite place, with nice beaches but not deserted. As for Atlantis it will be a two day trip to visit Nassau and do stuff with dolphins, if we make it till there we thought about getting married as well, and make it a honeymoon.

I saw that you haven't visited Greece. You would like our islands and Peloponisos. We have wonderful beaches as well and excellent food to taste. I can give you tips for budget vacation here.

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