Awe of being abroad

I have been thinking a lot about my time in China recently OR to be more accurate, my early time in China. I looked back through some of the old mass emails I used to send out back in 2004-05 and there was an air of awe in them that showed how different it was to be here. Now when I look at out the window I see the world as a very normal place. It’s just as it should be… though I know in the back of my mind that it’s nothing like the world back in the US. It’s not to say that I no longer find China to be interesting and exciting, I doubt it will ever stop being that way. However, as my time here gets longer I have come to get used to the little things and they have lost some of their glitter.

I don’t think this is a bad thing but it some ways it takes a bit of the excitement out of the whole living abroad ideal… and I hate to lose that. I think that a trip back to the US is in order. It will be refreshing for me as I haven’t been home in 3 years. It will also be fun to see my wife’s face and watch as she experiences that awe for the first time; the excitement of the little things. I am really looking forward to seeing her reactions and responses to different things that happen in the US.

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2 responses to “Awe of being abroad

  1. Nathan, I totally know the feeling. When I first moved to New York, it was so glitzy and exciting. Now it’s just…home. Nothing really surprises me. I see the Empire Statue building and I’m just like eh, okay.

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