Saturday, March 29, 2014

Back to the Real World

I can’t believe four weeks have passed since my last post. Sorry for disappearing! I have been meaning to write every week but I didn’t bring my laptop along for my 18 day adventure so I am a little behind. A lot has happened over the last 4 weeks and I can’t wait to get you up to speed.

I got back to Phnom Penh on Monday night and it was so strange to be back. It was almost as if the last two and a half weeks didn’t take place. I felt so numb on the tuk tuk ride home because I didn’t want to believe I was back. I missed my husband and I missed my life at home. The silence of the night was comforting and allowed me to take my time to process my emotions.

I had become used to my existence in Cambodia, without the luxuries of home and the warmth of my husband. And then by flying for a day, all that changed. Once again, I was enjoying all the first world amenities in Canada and was able to hug my husband whenever I wanted. It was wonderful! But to leave it all over again was really painful. It was hard to say goodbye again and it was hard to come back to a life of self discipline. The worst part was having a 24 hour trip ahead of me where I had nothing but time to think about it all.

Luckily, this period of angst only lasted for a day or two and then my life in Phnom Penh quickly took over. I am now back at work and busy with the next round of deadlines.  This week involved recovering from a cold and jet lag while dealing with the weekly things we have to do like getting groceries and doing laundry.

I finally feel like myself again and am looking forward to catching up on my blogposts. I am so excited to tell you about my experience at TEDActive and my trip to Myanmar. Stay tuned.

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