I’m both sad and happy.
This was never a vacation trip. Instead, there have been a lot of meetings, projects, and lots of learning.
When it comes to experiencing a new culture, it’s the little things that stand out the most. The small differences in language, in manners, and in day-to-day living.
One thing I discovered (that the guide books didn’t tell me about) is that I’ve needed Americans to help reconnect and reflect. I met a Peace Corps worker here (Reagan!) who was tremendously helpful in helping me understand the small things.
I suppose my situation is unique — I’m traveling alone, away from my wife and kids, for a long time, in a place where I have deep roots and family that I’ve never known. I’m glad to have connected here, though. Don’t misunderstand me there. And everyone here has been so helpful and kind.
I’ll be honest, these people are the nicest people I’ve ever met.
If you asked me if I had a good trip, I’d say, “Yes.”
If you asked me what the hardest part has been, I wouldn’t know where to begin.
I will say that I feel like I’m leaving too soon. As though the things I need to do here are unfinished. But in my fast-paced life Fiji will remain running as it always has — on “Fiji time.”
And it’ll be here when I get back.