I had a minor freak-out session this morning. I started thinking about all the things I will miss from the U.S. when I go to Armenia for two years, and everything that I want to do before I leave. The time I have left here is running short—one month in San Diego, and one month visiting family and friends back home in Michigan and Minnesota.
Although my life has not been the typical “stable” or “settled” life that a lot of people live, I am still nervous about giving up the things I know, having to start all over meeting new friends and learning another new place. And I am scared about how my relationships will change because I will be gone for so long.
I know this is something I want to do, and I know that things will turn out well. I’m confident that I will make new friends and become familiar with Armenia. There is so much I’m excited about, but today I was in doubt.
However, it didn’t last too long, and to boost my mood and get me into an international mood, I went to Balboa Park to check out the International Houses. According to their website, “The House of Pacific Relations (HPR), located in San Diego’s Balboa Park , is a consortium of ‘houses’ representing 32 countries.” Each house is decorated on the inside to display photographs, cultural items, and information about a different country. They reminded me a little bit of the international houses set up during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC. (Except these ones didn’t have long lines, the food samples were donation-only, and I was able to go in all of them.) It was too bad that there wasn’t an Armenian House, but I did enjoy the quick cultural tour.
There was also a lawn program with all kinds of international dances that I enjoyed watching.
So yay! I’m feeling better already, and getting really excited to share my up-coming adventures with all of you!
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