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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Back in the USA

I am officially back in the USA! The flights back were decent but long-- 4 hours from Singapore to Hong Kong and 14 hours from Hong Kong to New York. I had some dim sum in the Hong Kong airport which was pretty tasty, and made sure to drink lots of Hong Kong style milk tea! Also lucked out and got upgraded on my flight to New York so I got to eat more fancy dim sum whilst watching some of season five Game of Thrones. Never flew Cathay Pacific before but was quite impressed.

Now that I'm back though, the reverse culture shock is hitting me almost as badly as the jet lag. I still don't know what time of day it is, or what day of the week it is. In China, every white person you saw was a "wai guo ren 外国人", a foreigner. But in the United States, there are lots of white people and I'm the odd one out! If I'm not paying attention I throw Chinese words into my speech, which is a fairly normal habit of foreigners living in China. Now I have to translate.

Western food. Riding in cars. Using a knife and fork again (freaking difficult). Drinking water directly out of the tap. Sweet smelling air. Blue skies. Open space. Silence. English spoken everywhere. It's like another world here, and I have to admit I don't know if my head and heart are home yet. I made China home for three months, longer than I've actually lived in my house in America.

I had a hamburger and french fries and American ketchup, and it was fabulous. Except I'm craving Tibetan food...

Where is my yak meat? Above, the most delicious thing ever. 

I miss China >.<

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