I’m Back in the US and All I Do is Sleep

So I suppose my initial goal/intention of posting twice a week or so was a bit ambitious. It’s not that I’ve been too lazy, I’ve just had a block about the blog itself – I’ve written thousands of words in other projects in the last couple of weeks. But at the same time, I was traveling for days and then recovering from a 9-hour jet lag, so I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. In fact, I’ve been sleeping about 85% of the time since last Friday. So maybe missing a week of blog posts isn’t so bad.

And I’m back in the states! It’s a strange feeling, in so many ways. But I think the most striking thing, really, is how similar things are, here and in Spain. Yes, everything is done in two different languages, one of which I still can’t say I speak well, but so much is the same: we all have coffee shops and libraries and make the same faces when there are 19 people in line at the grocery store and only 1 clerk. We all have parks to run in and like to drink beer with some friends on a free evening. In a way, the most shocking aspect of coming back to the US is how little culture shock there is.

Granted, I was only in Spain for 3 months. I’m sure if I spent years there, things would be different. But even so, 3 months is long enough to settle into a routine, to get a comfortable sense of the way things are done, the way people live. And it’s so much like here. Sure, they eat a lot for lunch and very little for dinner, which is backwards here. And they take naps in the afternoon and stay up most of the night, which isn’t normal past your early 20s here, at least. But in a way, my day-to-day in Spain felt almost no different from my day-to-day here (except that I currently have nothing to do, which is terrible).

I may be dealing with the sadness of leaving Spain, which I loved so much, by pretending it’s the same here. There are definitely differences, and I gotta say, I prefer the Spanish way for the most part – except that everything is closed from 3-5. That blows. But whatever my motivations, I’m not totally wrong – language barrier aside, life here really isn’t that different from life there. So I’ll readjust, catch up on my sleep, and start the next chapter of my life.

And hopefully actually write some decent blog posts.