I'm enjoying a sandwich and cinnamon scone at Panera Bread, and when ordering I ran into a former student who is now in college. She was there with her mother, and I was mistaken for a fellow college student. It's a nice feeling knowing that I still look young. :-)
The past 2 weeks have been a whirlwind of social events, enjoying downtime, packing, and preparing for my next adventure. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here are a few thousand words:
|The trusty Metro Rapid buses that I would use to get around|
|A meal from the pasta bar at Oxy's cafeteria|
|A nice touch to a cup of hot chocolate|
|I always love going back to LA and visiting my alma mater's campus.|
|Dinner at Olvera Street|
|A landmark at Olvera Street. Many a pictures were taken here over the years|
I've visited with friends and even on a field trip with students.
|I never saw a hand drying contraption like this before.|
|Good weather, good friends, good times|
|After over 4 years, we got to catch up.|
|You have no idea how beautiful this picture is until you've had In n Out Burger.|
|No, we didn't plan to match. Great minds think alike.|
|The Cheesecake Factory with Ellie|
|Parmasean crusted romano chicken|
My time in Jersey has also been great. I've been fortunate to catch up with family and friends and enjoy the food I miss. We also celebrated 4 birthdays this month. So here again are a few thousand words:
|Outback Steak House|
|home made pot stickers|
|My brother and sister in law are amazing in the kitchen.|
|Panera Bread bacon turkey bravo|
|a cinnamon scone|
With my visit home to the States drawing to a close, how am I feeling? It's quite a mix of emotions. It was such a gratifying experience spending time at home and reconnecting with what is familiar to me. I realize that I've changed a lot, and things at home haven't changed that much. I'm looking forward to my trip to Colombia, and also to returning to Santiago.
Despite that, there's also an uncertainty in the future. Will my private classes and institute be as reliable as they were this past year? Am I going to survive another Chilean winter with freezing temperatures and no central heating? I am growing a bit apprehensive and cautious about the future, but I know one thing for sure: You never know how things will turn out if you don't give it a chance.