You know you lived in Africa too long when....

  • you get spooked by every crooked skinny thing on the ground, thinking it's a snake
  • you get excited when you see a little bug in the car with you while driving because you haven't seen any in so long
  • you have to frequently remind yourself which side of the street to drive on, especially when pulling out of a parking lot
  • you stop and just stare in awe at all the granola bar choices at the grocery store
  • you greet every sales person, whether in person or on the phone, with "Hello, how are you?" and are surprised when a long greeting process does not follow
  • you are slow moving at the gas pump because you haven't had to pump your own gas in two years
  • you keep waiting for your phone to tell you that it is out of airtime, forgetting that it's on a month-to-month contract
  • you see a big wooden giraffe outside of an apartment complex and have to take a triple take, forgetting which continent you are on and that there is no way that it is real
Just a few of my transition challenges. :) All in all, things are going very well and I'm enjoying catching up with friends and family and getting reacquainted with America. More pictures and updates soon!

4 comments:

moweezle said...

HA! This made me smile. I remember the first time I drove back in the states, I was with my little brother and he said to me (after I pulled out onto the wrong side) Are you sure you should be driving here??? lol

Leah said...

Haha! That is so cute. :) I was there for a month about 5 yrs ago, and I can imagine after 2 yrs how weird it would be!

Ash said...

Andrea, I love this...I can absolutely believe that those are all true. I am trying to prepare myself for the cereal choices. Miss you!

Andrea said...

Maureen, that's hilarious!
Leah, I forgot that you were in Africa. We'll have to have a story-sharing time soon!
Ashley, I miss you too!!