I made it! It’s definitely a long trip. I didn’t mind the bus rides, but two 4 hour stints in the airplane were tedious. Being crammed in like sardines in less than comfortable seats gets old. I had a great seat neighbor from Panama City to Houston though, and the conversation made the time fly by. Thank you, my new friend.
It’s cold here! After being acclimated to the current mid 90’s Panama weather this is a big change. Thank goodness for fuzzy socks, sweaters, and my daughter’s down comforter. Everything looks so clean and orderly too. After the organized chaos of Panama, the activity, color, noise, and less than neat and clean appearance, this almost seems sterile and… I’m not sure how to describe it. It’s beautiful, nice, but very different. Maybe it’s the quiet too. There are no dogs barking, roosters crowing, and the symphony of birds and insects I’ve grown accustomed to.
Funny the things that catch your eye. We went to the store today and big display of asparagus made me very excited. I hadn’t even thought about asparagus, something I had very frequently before, so it suddenly looked wonderful. That, and baby spinach. We had roasted asparagus for lunch and made salad with baby spinach. I ate way more than my share. This was a very nice upscale California store with all kinds of delicacies, so you would think I’d have gone nuts, but these were the only things I thought I had to have. Apparently I have been deprived of very little that I like.
It took me a little while to adjust to everyone speaking English. Yesterday I had to think before I opened my mouth. We speak mostly English at home of course, but around town it’s almost always Spanish so it’s starting to come automatically. And, everyone here looks so pale.
But, all in all it’s just a few minor things, nothing that feels like much of an adjustment. And of course it’s really wonderful to be with my daughter and other family, and touch the baby bump that is my growing grandson. Tomorrow is the baby shower with more friends and family, and at some point will be my first portrait photography shoot to see how I do with maternity photos.