Eric: Back in Minnesota

August 9, 2010

After waiting at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport for 5 hours, flying for 3 hours from Casablanca to Rome, waiting for almost 4 hours at Leonardo Da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport, spending 11 hours of flying from Rome to Detroit, going  through security and all that and waiting for another 1 hour, and the 1.5 hour of flying from Detroit to the Twin Cities, I finally arrived at Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport.

I took the light rail and a city bus to get to my friend’s house before actually moving into the place I am staying until school starts and moving into the place I am living for fall. Everything now just feels so surreal. I can’t believe that I was just in Morocco, and now I am back in the place that I thought was going to be so familiar to me. As of now, I am still adjusting back to the “American way”. I am not used to seeing the traffic in order, with no small taxi squeezing through every little gap possible, or no pedestrian walking while the light is red. I am not used to the humid/semi-warm weather that doesn’t make me sweat every single minute of the day. I am not used to having a shower with a bathtub and running water (I am really thankful for this one though). I am not used to going back to the place I live and not have someone greet me in Arabic, or even come hug me and give me a kiss on the face (my little host-brother did this sometimes). I am not used to the quietness in general. I am not used to speaking English and being understood immediately. The past 10 weeks have been such an intense experience that I am just having a hard time believing I am back home (sort of). I really need some time to digest this…

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