Here’s the promised Part 2 of the things I’ll miss…
The International People
I really like spending time with people who are from different places, and the reality of the culture of the Land is that people are from everywhere, or from there and have lived elsewhere at one time or another. It’s fun to meet people all the time from so many places, which helps me to constantly think about my cultural assumptions, leading me to learning opportunities about myself and others.
I really missed my car. I mean really, freedom of movement is one of my favorite things and highest personal values. But I really enjoy walking as well and often took the opportunity for the hour-long walk home from work. I know that with the distances in the US and fast-paced lifestyles it just isn’t as possible to be a full-time pedestrian. I’ll try to keep walking when it makes sense though.
Pace of Life… Work/Life Balance
This is one of the things that I think I learned most about while overseas — in England and then even more in Palestine and Israel. I’ll note here that I think we are crazy in our expectations for ourselves and others in American culture. This is from personal experience, but I think it is a cultural reality for most middle-class Americans. And I’ll write a full post about this soon.