Well here I am, back in Washington State.
It’s a bit weird, being back home after three months in London. Almost surreal, and I keep thinking, “Oh, weird, I’m back.”
It was a nine-and-a half-hour plane ride back, which was not nearly as frightening as the first. I think I’m starting to nip my fear of flying in the butt! I arrived home to my family waiting for me at the baggage claim and many hugs, soon followed by Thai food and an in-depth explanation of my adventures. Then it was home, and bedtime (and I wasn’t crying at everything, unlike last time!).
It’s a bit weird to not hear British accents and different languages while out and about, and I’ve traded the sprawling city and crowds for roaming mountains and a whole lot of evergreen trees. I can’t say I miss the noise too much, but the quiet was a bit alarming when I first noticed it!
I’ve been home a few days now, and I’m still getting adjusted. The sleep schedule is a bit wonky and even now I want to go take a nap. My roommates, now on the other side of the country, text me to let me know I’m not the only one who is a bit weirded out to be home.
Getting adjusted has its ups and downs. It was certainly easier to get around London with the Tube than having to drive myself. I’m planning a trip to go visit friends, and was moaning about the inadequacy of our trains! But it’s nice to see my family and I missed my mountain in the backyard. And the Internet at home is so much faster! Huzzah!
When I started this adventure, I kicked it off with a Tolkien quote, and it seems fitting to end it that way too.
“The Road goes ever on and on
Out from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
Let others follow it who can!
Let them a journey new begin,
But I at last with weary feet
Will turn towards the lighted inn,
My evening-rest and sleep to meet.”
-“The Road Goes Ever On” by Tolkien
The road truly does go ever on, but for me, I think I am good with some downtime. I haven’t had my fill of adventure quite yet, and I’ll be back to London within a few weeks, but for now I’ll take my lighted inn and my sleep.
Deidre Jorgensen is a student at Western Washington University and studied abroad with API in London, England.