My last week of teaching was the week of March 7th. It was wonderful and bittersweet. My last day of work at the center was Wednesday, March 16th followed by my missioning on March 19th. Missioning is a ceremony for volunteers who are leaving to go home and wishing them good luck and health. I also spent almost every night of my last week with the volunteers. It was a busy and amazing last week.
This past week, I finally was the driver in my own car after two years of no driving. It was not as scary as I thought. It all came back very fast. That is something I know I have to get used to fast again. Living in the USA and in a city that does not have good public transportation, I need to drive to get anywhere. Another thing I have to get used to is being a pedestrian here. In Thailand, you had to take your chances if you wanted to get across the road. Many drivers do not follow pedestrians signs or let them cross the road unless the poor pedestrians begins to walk across. Here in the USA, people actually let pedestrians walk across the road and stop for them. Weird.
I am slowing getting used to the USA and American culture again. The first week was difficult and I tried to not coming online the entire week to give myself time and space from Thailand. That week, I missed my friends, students, and mission a lot. From the village of Din Kow to Pattaya to Sihanoukville, Cambodia and back to Pattaya again, this experience has changed my life and outlook on life for good. I have grown so much and am very thankful for being able to share this experience with all of you. Thank you very much!