In case you thought the adventure was over..it’s not!
If one of the best things in college/ life is studying abroad, then one of the worst things is trying to adjust to life back at home. Getting used to Israel was tough, but getting used to being back in the US is strangely difficult as well.
The weather: probably the most minor issue. Yes, I just spent 4 months on the Mediterranean, but I do go to Syracuse. No explanation really needed there. I’m sucking it up.
The driving: I’m scared to get behind the wheel of a car. For obvious reasons.
The food: Did it always suck so much? Wow. I don’t want to eat anything. So far the only good things I’ve had were 3 AM pizza and then brunch in New York City. The hummus is weird, the cottage cheese tastes like water, and the cucumbers I bought today are bizarrely almost half the size of my leg. I’m pretty sure there’s chemicals in everything.
The stores: I had a little panic attack at the grocery store today. That sounds silly, but I hadn’t realized how different Israeli grocery stores are from American ones. Supersals are small, with narrow aisles crowded with people trying to navigate them. At Trader Joe’s today, I was taken aback by how much room there was, how few people, how many weird foods there were. I saw Peanut Butter and Jelly yogurt. Since when is that a thing?
Tomorrow I start work at my old job, lifeguarding at the Y. I might cry, I’m not sure yet. I’ll be in Boston at night with family, and might freak out a little bit, but I think the North End, with its tight, curved streets packed with people, might feel comforting.