So I’ve been back in the States for just over a week now and I have to say that it’s been a bit more of an adjustment than I expected. From the little things like driving myself around again to the cultural differences like making eye-contact on the street, it’s been a week of ups and downs. Driving was the easy thing to get adjusted to again. Sometimes I still think having a Metro around would be prettty handy and I do miss the walking, but driving isn’t so bad. The eye-contact thing is a bit harder. I never really thought about how much people in the States, especially in tiny little Butler, make eye-contact on the street and wave at each other and such. I’d gotten so used to just looking straight ahead and ignoring everything in my periphery in France and the rest of Europe and here that’s being rude. I have to remember to smile and wave. The friendliness is a nice difference though, I really did miss walking down the street and practically always running into someone I know.

The best part of being home though has definitely been getting to see everyone again. I really missed all my friends and especially my nieces and nephew. Kallie and Dylan were so happy to see me, Kallie had been getting pretty mad that I hadn’t seen her in so long and Dylan had to tell me all about every single detail of his summer. Whitley didn’t really remember me so it took her a while to warm back up to me and baby Carissa doesn’t know the difference anyway. It’s been great to finally hold her though!

I’ve been trying to keep up with my French and use it some. Lots of times I still catch myself thinking of sentences in French before I say them in English and the kids are really enjoying the books I got them in French.

Now I’m down to just over a week left before I move into the apartment in Columbia. I’m getting really excited for that, I can just tell it’s going to be a great year! My project for the time between now and then is going to be starting on a scrapbook for this trip I think. This was just too amazing of a summer to not remember it forever!

Thanks so much to all of you who followed this blog and left your comments. I really enjoyed writing and sharing my photos and I’m so glad that so many enjoyed it as well. A blog is really only as good as its readers!

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