Yesterday was my first day back in the United States after the completion of my study abroad program. We arrived at my house at 2:30am Sunday morning. I am still working to adjust back to my every day schedule.
Sunday was a fairly normal day. Everyone was excited to see me and I was able to share some of the stories from the time that I spent abroad. However, it does seem overwhelming to try to explain everything to people who haven’t read the blog. So much has happened in 6 weeks! So, I just share things as they come to my mind throughout the day.
As far as French goes, I expected to have more difficulty adjusting to English. When I came to the US for my cousin’s wedding I did accidentally speak in French a time or two, but I haven’t had that problem yet since I’ve been back. However, it does seem weird for all of the signs to be in English. Also, when I went out for ice cream with my friends yesterday, it felt strange not to have to decipher the menu and decide what I wanted to order. I had gotten used to a more complicated process for ordering at a restaurant.
One thing that has surprised me though is that I am now more nervous to speak in French. I felt confident before I left, but now I’m not so sure. I know one woman who speaks French at my church, but I’m not comfortable with starting a conversation with her in French. By the end of this week, I hope to finally make that step so that I can still practice here in the US.
Also, I really felt the difference being back at home today because it is the beginning of another week. I feel that I should have more to do. Classes don’t start again until next week. It feels strange not to have an agenda or something to explore. However, I guess that is part of the adventure that I am supposed to start now that I am back home. I had my share in Quebec and now I have to move on. I’m sure that there will be many exciting things to come in the days and months ahead and I hope to apply all that I have learned abroad as I go along.