1. Favorite memories from August
Maine, Maine and more Maine – my friend real and long vacation in years.
2. I’m reading…
A Maine-based romance novel from a small publisher that I picked up in a souvenir shop in York Beach, Maine.
3. Turbulence while flying: ok or oh crap!
4. How to say “I love you” in..
Ik hou van jou (Dutch)
5. I’m hoping…
Do get across the border quickly…didn’t happen.
6. Something I wish I’d tried abroad
The pickled herring in the Netherlands.
7. I remember…
very little as I return to work after 11 days off…
8. A sound from abroad I don’t miss
I can’t think of a sound but I can think of a smell I don’t miss. When I was studying in Utrecht, Netherlands, the air most mornings was permeated with the smell of burn coffee grounds (yuck!). Because of everything that went down for me while there, I get flashbacks when I smell it stateside.
9. My best re-entry coping strategy
Listening to music I got abroad or artists I was introduced to.
10. What I like about September
The nostalgic feeling of going back to school and crispness entering the air.
11. I’m abstaining from
Eating the candy in co-workers candy dishes.
12. What I miss from abroad today
Life before 9/11/2001
13. Travel: Luxuriously or long
I’m too cheap to go full-on luxury and too outta practice to go too long before wanting to be home.
14. I’m grateful for…
My family and how we can come around the dinner table and enjoy each other’s company.
15 This month I’m buying…
A few new fall clothing items from my favorite online store eshakti once my store credit is issued from a rare return.
16. Favorite restaurant from abroad
I don’t think I have one. I have fantastic and memorable meals but no one favorite restaurant.
17. I’m thinking…
about how much fun a friend and I are going to have catching up and tasting some beers at an area beer fest.
18. Best cross-cultural lesson learned
Not sure. I’ve let this one go to think about and I have come up with nothing. Personal space variances is probably the best I can do.
19. Favorite way to exercise
Shallow end gymnastics floor routines in the pool. Swimming would be my favorite way or playing sports like basketball.
20. I’m wondering…
if I’ll be open and relaxed enough for the universe to lead me to what is next for me as I am feeling very stagnate and unsure which direction to go in, career-wise and community involvement-wise.
21. Favorite clothing accessory
When I was I traveling abroad I became big into scarves. And I wore them for years after as an accessory – not as a means to keep my neck warm in the dead of winter. I don’t wear them like I used to and I don’t wear the ones I used to (the pashmina kind that you can buy for £5 on the street corner. I have transitioned into wearing more fun winter scarves and chunky infinity scarves.
22. Something I want to do before 2017
Take a class – art, dance, economics, anything
23. Home is…
Still my parents’ house. But it is also something I am seeking within myself.
24. Pumpkin spice: yes or no
25. I’m watching…
Sunday football – Go! Pack! Go!
26. Netflix or Hulu
Netflix, though you can’t beat the British series on Hulu.
27. Milk or dark chocolate
28. Time I wake up in the morning
Depends on Lt. Dan (our 3-legged cat) but alarm is for 6:00am and I get out around 6:15
29. Favorite travel blog
My first incarnation of this blog
30. Best airfare tip
Keep looking until a price and times feels best for you and your budget and travel plans. Yay Tuesday and Wednesdays!
Small Planet Studio‘s #GlobalYou365 Challenge was created as a “reflective challenge for global adventurers in re-entry” to aid travelers navigating the often choppy waters of returning home from abroad. This Challenge consists of a question a day and is a tool that can be used to help you create a lifestyle that accommodates both your abroad self and home self. Usually it is used for those coming home, but I sought to use the Challenge in reverse, as a great opportunity to reconnect with my traveling self to create a more global lifestyle today. You too can take the challenge by clicking here.