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30 juni 2013
Back at home II
So far I haven't missed Saba a lot, but that's only because I've been busy with the activities and things that made me look forward to going home: I've caught up with family and friends, been to my brothers high school graduation ceremony, I have gone back to my own room in Wageningen, been to a friends birthday party and been sailing on the Rhine. I've gone groceries shopping in a supermarket where they have fresh veggies all week, not just on Wednesday when the boat comes in to deliver them. And I've even ticked off most of the foods on my "To Eat When Back At Home" list, including lasagna, pancakes, strawberries, Dutch old cheese, "hagelslag" (=chocate sprinkles) and "witbier" (=wheat beer). I've unpacked my bags (twice, first at my mums place, then at my own) and moving boxes.
Tomorrow I'm going to check if my university campus is still in the same spot as where I left it 4.5 months ago. (I fear it will be…) And I'll start my first attempt at getting used to the work rhythm again. This feels weird. Even though I have only been back for just under 2 weeks, when I look back at my time on Saba, it almost feels like I dreamed it all. I know from experience that time flies. Especially when you have such a firm start and end date of a certain period, you notice how fast it actually passes by. My last two weeks on Saba, however, seemed to go really slow, because I was hyperaware of the fact that those were my last two weeks. But even now they already seem blurry and I can hardly remember all the things I have done during those two weeks.
Some moments and days stand out very clearly though. For instance my last survey on the Saba Bank (again I was very very sea sick), my last day of diving (I finally did a few fun dives too, after having finished my research dives), my last hike around the island (a beautiful and relatively easy trail with spectacular views of the rainforest and ocean), my last night out (saying goodbye to a lot of friends) and my departure from Saba.
I will certainly be back one day.
Until that time comes though, I'll savour the memories and will be grateful for the great experience that it has been.
Thanks for reading my weblog (again)!
The travel-virus has not been eradicated, so:
Will be continued next season……… ;-)
30 juni 2013 22:08 | Door: marieke
Wat een ervaringen allemaal zeg, ik heb ze met plezier gelezen.
Fijn dat je weer veilig terug bent in ons landje.
De herinneringen die je allemaal beleefd hebt zullen voor altijd bij je blijven.