This is my last blog for our South Africa trip. I actually tried typing it the other night, but when I'm at home in good ol' Hutchinson, I steal wireless from the neighbors :). And apparently there is karma because I had finished my last blog and really enjoyed what I had written and I was kicked off of the internet....and it didn't save my blog...or upload it to this site. As you can see I was a little frustrated by it and decided not to re-do it that night. So I'm writing it now!
So class started yesterday, I only had one, History of the Holocaust. And as morbid as it sounds, I'm excited for the class to progress so I can learn more about that time period. I have three classes today, two down and one more to go, my night class at 5:20. Ick.
Let's just say I'm not ready to be back to school yet. Not ready for the realities of life to come full force at me, which they did. I missed a lot of stuff while I was in Africa. Some of it good, some of it bad. To be honest, it just scares me to know that I missed so much in such a short span of time. There were things I could control and things that were completely out of my control, and it scares me. It's been hard being back but I know that it will get better as time goes on.
One thing that has really helped my integration back into Minneapolis is my dad and Annie. They both came and picked me up from the airport. After we went out to eat and on our drive to the restaurant, at the restaurant, and our drive home they were asking me questions. Not just the typical what was your favorite part of the trip. They asked in depth of what happened and how it made me feel. When I got home, I showed them all of the pictures I had taken and tried to describe to them what I had seen. Even though they will never completely understand what I went through, they both tried their hardest too, and to me that means the most out of anything that they could have done. I realize that not everyone I talk to about my trip will be like this, none of my six roomates were. But I will cherish them and their need to help me succeed and to help me reinterate into Minnesota. I will never forget or misuse that about my dad and Annie.
Besides that, I have all of my stuff unpacked at home and at my apartment so everything is clean! Which is a nice change, I'm sure it won't stay this clean for very long though!
An expectation, or a hope that I have is that we all stay in contact in Minneapolis. I realize that a lot of people are graduating, some are not in Minneapolis, and not everyone got along. But this trip was an out of the world experience that we only understand. I think it would be healthy to stay in contact so we can talk to each other about Africa and just so we can grow in our friendships. Last night a bunch of us were supposed to meet at Buffalo Wild Wings to eat dinner. It was Scott, Ed, and I. I was slightly disappointed that no one else showed up. I realize it was the first day of class and some people had night class, but we were so excited to meet up when we got back. I just hope that this doesn't continue to happen and we can make this work for all of us.