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Today was a pretty lazy day. Even when I got up, I felt too tired and lazy to work out. I decided to write some thank you notes to the people who wrote my recommendation letter for medical school and FaceTime my parents. I also did a little grocery shopping and searched for souvenirs. I'm doing price comparisons between different shops to get the best price.

After talking with my parents, who are always the go-getters and can spend all day working outside and still have energy to exercise, I felt motivated to do a little something myself. One of the guys said he'd run with me as well. I'm glad I did it, but I definitely ran a little to close to eating. There is one other thing I noticed during the run. I realized that something that's been making me a bit uncomfortable during my stay here is that I don't feel welcomed in the community. Apparently it's a holiday weekend here, so everyone is out and about partying and drinking. I passed a lot of people on my runs, and 9/10 times they stare at me. I try to wave, but today I would say 0/14 people I waved at, waved back at me. So these people are staring at me, but not in a nice way. Then, 2x when I was out today, people started running beside me, laughing and mocking -- one was even a grown man. It makes me so uncomfortable, especially when they are laughing and talking to me in a language I don't understand. It honestly feels like I'm a zoo animal running through town. I can't be sure, but I'd have to say this is what it feels like to be a minority in a town...and it's not fun. You never feel at home and your guard is constantly up. It's very tiring.

Something else that is also taking some getting used to is the showers here!! It feels like they run the water through blast chiller before it comes out of the spigot! I thought I may have an asthma attack when I first put my body under the spray. The rest of the day was really great though. We had dinner, a housemate made dairy-free banana muffins, and I relaxed with some snacking, sudoku, and a movie (Avatar today!). Third week starts tomorrow ???? Happy Monday everyone!

Posted by kfkeane 11:37 Archived in USA Tagged zoo welcome run animal shower banana cold movie sunday exercise lazy mocking muffin Comments (2)

The Things They Don't Tell You

Pre-Departure

Here I am, about 5 days aways from when I'm meant to fly off to a completely different continent all by myself. When I tell people I'm going to South Africa for a month, everyone comments on how exciting it is and how much fun it's going to be. Something no one ever comments on is how lonely it can feel. Don't get me wrong; I have no doubt this is going to be an experience of a lifetime. I feel so far out of my comfort zone, though. Getting to South Africa itself is two days. That's two days I will be completely isolated from anything familiar. Right now, that makes me feel lonely. I'm aware that my emotions are anticipating an event that hasn't even happened yet, but I still don't know how to reassure myself. I think all I can do at this point is ride the wave and trust that this discomfort I'm feeling will lead to growth.

Posted by kfkeane 18:30 Archived in USA Tagged emotions growth nerves bravery Comments (2)

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