Sunday, June 12, 2011


I'm leaving this country in three short days, so I thought I'd share some simple reflections.  For the past week or so I was really excited to go home and see everyone that I miss, but then last night as I was coming back in a five hour car ride from Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), I felt a pang of sadness about leaving.  The other students here are extremely thoughtful, articulate people who have seen a lot in their young lives.  I don't know when I'll have the chance to see many of them again, if ever.

Well, here are two lists about where I am and where I'm going:

I will miss...
  • the friends I've made (who are very different from me)
  • hiking in a desert "backyard"
  • copious sunlight and lack of humidity
  • free time
  • hitchhiking
  • falafel, fool, hummus, pita
  • Jewish holidays
  • field trips
  • religious and political discussions

I am looking forward to...
  • public transportation and trains
  • rain
  • American work ethic and punctuality
  • less secondhand smoke
  • no more border crossings or checkpoints or strip searches
  • pork (and Chinese food)
  • Christian community
  • catching up with family and friends

Mind you, I still think I'll get reverse culture shock.  Probably when I see Woodfield Mall and the surrounding area :P

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