I was unable to get WordPress to work for the past few weeks, so this is a post I wrote yesterday. There is another post below it that I wrote a week and a half ago which I am just now posting.
One thing I really like being abroad is that it makes me realize how fortunate I am to be close to my
family when I’m in the US. Being so far away makes me realize that it shouldn’t be taken for granted.
Just the fact that I am not able to go back home for a weekend makes me think differently. Also, living
somewhere so different does make me miss Illinois and Iowa and gets me excited to visit again. It’s
funny how it seems everything is simple back home compared to being here, with no language barrier,
everything is what I expect it should be, and everything is just easier to do. These difficulties are what
make living abroad so exciting for me, but once in a while it’d be nice to have that normality.
I have had a pretty bad cold this past week, probably because of the 20 degree weather and not getting
enough sleep last weekend. 20 degree weather is much worse when I have to walk to the subway, then
walk from the subway to work. Makes it seem colder than when you have a nice heated car in the same
weather. I am trying to not do as much this weekend to make sure that I’m feeling better this next week.
I am starting to build more relationships with people that I’ve met through Couchsurfing. Too often, I
meet a lot of people but don’t see them much afterwards to build a relationship. There are 4 or 5 people
that I’ve seen at several events, so I can learn more about them and become better friends. It’s very nice
to have some friends who I can call to hang out with when I’m free. It makes a huge difference in making
it seem like a home here.