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Monday 24 Sep
Los Angeles, USA

C'est la vie

Hi Everyone,

The magnificent trip is over now, but it's effects are far from forgotten. It's taken one whole month, but I'm starting to fit back into my identity and routine here in the U.S., for better or for worse. I have had ample opportunities to incorporate my cultural exposure into the classroom already. In fact, I fear only that I may be going a bit overboard in getting them to relate to the outside world. This is a more daunting task with Americans than one might imagine, especially in the relatively isolated world in which most of my students exist. Anyway, the trip is paying dividends in the classroom right away. It really drives things home to them when they get to speak first-hand with someone who's been in the cultural environment under discussion. In some ways, it's like being an emissary that's returning from outer space. Since I still wake up in my own bed wondering where I am, the transition back into the old ways has quite a way to go, but I still feel pretty unsettled about everything around here. Maybe that too will diminish over time, or maybe I can never go back to where I was before. We'll have to wait and see on that one.

Cheers,
Michael

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