Day 20

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It’s crazy how much I don’t miss about America. People think leaving America will make you appreciate America more but the truth is, it made me realize just how much I don’t like some things there. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful in America; truly a land of the free. There are so many opportunities there and nothing can compare to the vast culture, food, and places we have… however the excessiveness, extreme materialism and selfishness is often something I disdained while I was there. I love that I can literally be judged on the quality of my work. They notice yours appearances but only in terms of appropriate or not. It’s like about the right attire, not the best or most expensive  attire. wealth is translated in diet or housing amenities not by how big your house is or what name brand you’re wearing. I do miss my family but I know I’ll see them before I know it so I’m not worried. I’m more concerned about what my visit home would do to my Spanish or contentedness here. I miss baking. Here they only have stove stops. Only certain places, like a bakery has a big place to bake. Shockingly, I do miss chipotle! Even though I eat rice everyday and it tastes great with vegetables similar to Chipotle, it’s not the same! I miss talking to my friends who don’t have an iphone. it’s not a big deal because I have social media but I do enjoy and miss convenience. I don’t it enough to think about it every day but once in a while, I do. Hot water!!1 I wouldn’t care if I had to take bucket showers every day if it was just a little warm! Lastky, I miss being abl to get food for myself. Although there are several restaurants and stores, I only eat at Peace corps approved places. It is my sincerest hope that i don’t help get sick while here. it’s possible! I know past volunteers that didn’t get sick at all. If I follow all the rules, I’m sure I’ll avoid malaria, dengue, acute diarrhea and any parasitic worms. Wish me well on that! 
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