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Blog assignment 3: How I've adjusted to my environment

Written on: Friday July 24th, 2009

A journal entry from: El Salvador, San Salvador

My transition has been incredibly smooth. The first day that I was here, I was really nervous, but that really didn't last too long. My host family has made me feel so welcome in their home and working at CIS has been awesome. It's really hard to explain but I just feel like this is my life, almost as if I've been living here for years. So in a way, I haven't had too much of a crisis in terms of my adjustment. The only problem that I've had is that I've forgotten about my life back in Canada. For the most part, I haven't contacted too many people, I've even stopped posting on my blog (as you may have noticed). I've just been meeting so many interesting people and traveling all over the place that it seems like such a waste to glue myself to the computer for a few hours (when I'm not working). I've met more people who I can have great conversations with in these past several weeks than I have in my few years at university. I'm not trying to sound pretentious or anything like that, but I guess it's just that in a place like this you're bound to find people who share the same interests. It's wonderful. I think that the people that I've met here have really made this experience what it is. It's unfortunate because when the summer is over, we'll say our goodbyes and probably never be together like this again. I was talking to Vivian and she said that the worst part for her was that when she leaves, she won't have anything to come back to if she returns to El Salvador. I don't think that I could have said it any better than that. I mean you can go to visit your family oversees or what have you and you can go back and visit them time and time again. That place will exist as the connection to people who you love and care about. But our CIS 'family' is almost completely dispersed. They won't be here if I come back. I've already had to say a few goodbyes during my time here and it's been hard. I'm going to be such a wreck when I leave, but I wouldn't trade this experience for anything.