Column: After months abroad, adjustments needed upon return home

Well ... I’m back in the USA which is weird in itself to say.

No longer do I wake up to the sound of the Muslim call to prayer or the rice and curry cooking in the kitchen. I don’t get to hear the Indonesian maids bickering or the chickens playing with the cats outside my house.

I don’t get to see my closest host family members every day anymore or speak Malay or do anything that became a norm for me this past year.

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