Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Post Travel Thoughts


It is crazy to think back on my life 6 weeks ago when I was still fully immersed in  life in Wald-Michelbach, teaching the dragons by day and hanging out with my German friends by night. It is even weirder to think about where I was a year ago, just meeting my students and wondering how I was going to survive a year in a country where I knew no one and only about ten words of the language.
Departing Nashville on July 19, 2012. Clueless on what lay ahead.
But today, I am far from both of those places. Adjustment back to life is Nashville has been incredibly easy, certainly due to the welcoming friends and my accommodating family. It also helps that I have had zero responsibilities these past six weeks. But I have been soaking in all things America and loving it, to say the least.

As I think back on everything that happened in the past 13 months, I am overcome with feelings of thankfulness and gratitude to the people in my life. The encouragers, the visitors, the friends who avidly skyped and sent e-mails and loved me well through this roller-coaster of a lonely but fun adventure. 

These two quotes accurately sum up how I feel upon my return to Nashville....I could not pick just one because they both capture my feelings so well.

“No one realises how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”
Lin Yutang
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” 
Terry Pratchett
Another humorous part of being back in America is the communication with the sweet dragons. Many of them have e-mailed and WhatsApp'ed me, and I have responded and sent cute Nashville postcards to them. Today, I woke up to this hilarious e-mail from sweet 9 year-old Eva...
I think this e-mail alone should nominate me for world's best english teacher...right?!

xoxo

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