After 7 months, 20+ flights, and circling the globe, I am back on U.S. soil. The immigrations officer in San Francisco asked me if I’d been on a cruise because I had visited so many countries before returning to the States- ha ha ha. It feels weird to be surrounded by English speakers again and while I somewhat like the familiarity of being here, I can’t wait to get moving again. But first, I have to get over a really bad cold that hit me like a ton of bricks. My brother was coming down with something towards the end of our trip so it was probably my brother who got me sick or maybe it was the long flight back. All I know is that I haven’t been sick like this in a long time, certainly not while I was on my own and traveling. It could be that I’d been carrying this around for a while but my body was just waiting until I could let it all go, until I was “home.”
Well, I’m going to unpack a little bit and relax. My next few trips will be within the continental U.S., the first of which will be to Los Angeles on July 5. Until then I will be writing up my trip to Hong Kong and throughout the summer I’ll write more about what I did Korea, since I was too busy having fun when I was actually there and didn’t get to write much.
In a way I feel as if I left not so long ago but when I think back to all the places I visited and everything I learned, it seems like I was traveling for years. For the next couple of weeks it’s spending time with my family, watching a bit of American TV, plus planning for my next trip(s).
I think it’s going to be a nice summer.