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I’ve been home almost a week now. Former participant Linda Airy tells me that it will take about 6 months to finish adjusting. Jet lag takes about two weeks, or one day for each time zone crossed. I do get disappointed when I look for something to drink and there is no fresh watermelon, kiwi or strawberry juice. I was completely disoriented when I walked into Meier’s and heard Mandarin. I feel an emptiness when I drive the streets and see no people, when I step outside and hear no noise and when its 8:00 and there is no trash truck. I feel a tremendous sense of space when I look up into the sky and see such an immense, blueness that extends so far and wide and that has clouds that float gently by rather than oppressively hugging the space above me. I am so glad to have my children in the same time zone and just a text message away! I love being able to call friends on the phone to get together for breakfast, lunch or dinner and I’m getting used to walking with no destination in mind. I really miss not having thousands of dollars in my wallet!!LOL

Well, this is my last post. I can’t say I’m stopping because I’m at home. I was at home in Taiwan. And, I can’t say I’m stopping because my journey is ending. Two teachers from Taiwan have just landed in Indianapolis and students from China are on their way! I can’t wait to share my homeland with them, and helping to make it become their home as well. I can’t say I’m stopping this because I’m tired of blogging. My counter shows that my little blog was read over 3,500 times. Sure, there are blogs that take that many hits in one day, but I’m happy to know that I was able to share my experience with so many people. I met Dianne Murray who picked up my blog through the LM_NET listserv; I made friends with Sandy and Michael in Neipu; I heard from my wandering professor, Annette Lamb and my friends and family were able to know I was safe during typhoons and earthquakes.

This blog has simply served its purpose.

I’ve gotten into the habit of creating a Top Ten list when I travel. I guess it’s a way for me to reflect and give thanks. Here it is and I’ll see you next time!

CAMPBELL’S TOP TEN:

  1. Favorite souvenir: calligraphy from my student
  2. Best memory: Christmas at Foster Hewitt; riding the banana boat with Kristen in Kenting
  3. Favorite new words: ‘xing-xing’ (Chinese; star); ‘alight’ (British; to exit)
  4. Favorite place: The Dream Mall
  5. Most unusual food (that I ate): gelatinous rice balls
  6. Best teaching tool: YouTube
  7. Favorite picture(s): those taken in Kinmen
  8. Most difficult adjustment: getting used to a new standard in cleanliness
  9. Most important lesson learned: cultures are different on so many levels!
  10. Regrets: None

In August, 2007 I will be leaving Indianapolis with my daughter, Kristen, to live and work in the Republic of China (Taiwan). This will be my fiftieth year on this planet and my first year living in another country. This blog will let you join us on the adventure!
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