Dec 14, 2009

A totally different world

Okay so I have lots and lots to post about from my trip, but it may take me a couple days to get organized and tell you all about it so bear with me!

I was only gone for a week, but being immersed back into the U.S. is almost like culture shock at times. I was so excited to use towels that were soft (more on the sandpaper substance that the hotel provided later), and when I was out in public with a friend yesterday, I didn't have to worry about kids stealing my purse because they were so poor they didn't have any other choice. When I got home and drank water from the tap I almost cried.

Kosovo was a great experience and taught me a lot of things, one of which was to not take so much for granted. So keeping with that theme, I wanted to share this picture with you. I took it my last night there.

This statue says Newborn. It was unveiled the day Kosovo declared their independence. What looks like graffiti on the letters are actually signatures of people (some citizens, some visitors), showing their support for the country. The first person to sign it was Kosovo's president, the second, their prime minister.

Maybe because it was my last night there and it made more of an impression, but I keep thinking about this statue. I cried, (some of which I can blame on being tired), but it was so incredibly moving, standing there looking at a symbol of that nation.

So as I gather up my pictures and recall my memories of my trip, this is in the forefront of my mind, and I'm so happy to share it with you.

Have you ever had that happen to you on a trip? Any kind of "culture shock" of your own you experienced? Happy Monday dear readers!


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Everytime I leave the US, I come back oh so thankful for the comforts of home that we take for granted. I felt this the most after a trip to the Dominican Republic in 2006. I went there to visit my friend in the Peace Corp so it wasn't your typical DR "resort" vacation. I spent a couple of days at her house up in the mountains where she didn't have electricity. The kids were all so adorable, but they had so little - like only one pair of shoes.

When I got off the plane, I kind of wanted to kiss the ground - I was so thankful that I am an American. We forget about things like safe drinking water - that would be a luxury to citizens of other countries!

It's always very humbling to travel!!

Muznah said...

I really love the story about that statue. It just goes to show how interesting travelling can be. :)

welcome back

Nicki's Notebook said...

great post - i just found your blog :)

The most life altering trip I ever had was journeying with my grandfather around Italy when I was a teenager, he showed me where he was posted in WW2, and we knocked on the door of a little girl who's life he saved all those years ago. She still lived there! pretty amazing moment, and life back at school felt pretty strange after that! x

Amber said...

I definitely felt a bit of a culture shock when I went to Germany. So many things were oh so different there; most notably everyone SMOKING everywhere. I hated it! I definitely felt grateful to come back to Canada!

Gracie said...

I love that statue. SO much hope.

Nicole said...

Going overseas is exciting and interesting. But by the end of each trip, I just can't wait to get back home. I'm just not used to not being able to speak the language!

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