I did it! I traveled to Mexico & Central America for a year!!!! Alone had so many travel adventures that I still want to share with you all, but all in due time. First, I want to write about my coming “home” after traveling for such a long time.
My return home began weeks before I was physically back.
Mentally, I started counting the days, both dreading and looking forward to my return to California.
DREADING COMING HOME
Honestly, I was mostly dreading coming back to the United States itself for many reasons.
For one, my adventure would be over. After living a life of constant change and adventures, I would now go back to a regular, same old lifestyle, which due to a long absence was mostly up in the air.
Not very appealing
I would be unemployed. I have worked since I was 14 yrs. old and have always been very independent financially. I was really going to have a tough time with this one! By the looks of it, I would remain jobless for a while too unless I allowed myself to be exploited and make at least 40% less of what I was making at my last job. Even those jobs are very competitive in this bad economy! This definitely made me dread my return.
Before my trip, I lived with my ex. Now I would be living with my mother temporarily, which was a bit undefined. Although I really liked the idea of being close to my family, well I was just not sure that being this close would work out for long.
I mean, I have not lived with my family since I was 18 and moved away for college!! I am used to my own space and privacy, which was definitely going to be a challenge given the new circumstances. I was definitely nervous about this one. I guess I can’t really say that it felt like I was coming “home.”
EXCITED TO BE BACK
Of course, I was also really excited about being back in the States. I really missed my family and was looking forward to spending my birthday with just them for a change. Prior years, I celebrated my B-Day for days, surrounded by lots of friends, having dinners, drinks, and dancing at some club where I would party like a crazy woman Yes, I can be quite the party girl!! This time I was looking forward to chilling at home with my family.
I missed my friends. I was ready to be with close friends who truly knew me and with whom I had a long history before my big trip. I enjoyed making new friends and sharing some of my adventures with them, but I was craving my old familiar ones. I was really looking forward to catching up & spending time with my dear old friends.
I also missed the food. Yes, I really craved a big fat carne aside burrito! Awe the last time I had one was in Guadalajara, which was decent. Sorry but nothing like the LA area for the best burritos!! I also dreamed of pizza, Buffalo wings, and rocky road ice cream.