It’s the Little Things

It feels like such a long time since I last blogged.  To be honest, I’ve just been taking some out since my return from Bangladesh a couple of weeks ago.  Things have been pretty busy with moving house (apparently one of the most stressful things you can do), looking for a new job and attending my Returned Volunteer weekend with VSO.

The RV weekend was a really good opportunity to reflect on the ICS experience and to think about how to use the experience going forward, both with work and for our Action at Home projects.  More about Action at Home in a future post (once I have actually decided what I’m going to do – I’ve got some many ideas and I’m not quite sure where to start at the moment!).

So in the spirit of the RV weekend, I thought I would share some reflections on how it feels to be home.

The Little Things I Love About Being Home

Hot showers – I literally cried with happiness during my first one!

Being able to make a cup of tea whenever I want

The washing machine…it’s just so easy to have clean clothes now

Seeing friends and family (alright, not a little thing but important nonetheless)

Having some privacy and personal space

The sheer variety of food…no rice for 3 weeks now 🙂

The Little Things I Miss About Bangladesh

Saying hello to people on the street

Chai

My host-sister

My counterpart, who I’m hoping to see again in the new year at his wedding

Feeling part of something important and purposeful

Sunshine (summer will start soon, right?)

My team, seen here on our last day in Dhaka

ICS Team, volunteers, ICSE, VSO

The team on our last day all together

Living and working with my team in Bangladesh has got to be one of the most challenging and rewarding things I have done.  I have got some amazing memories which I will treasure for a long, long time.  But I’m glad to be home.  Having been away for about 12 months in the last 18, it feels like it’s time to put some roots down and invest in my life in London…for a while at least.  I’m taking bets on how long it will be before the travel bug bites again!

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