It's been one month and everyday has its ups and downs but I believe that is a big part of exchange, getting though the hard time so you can have amazing life changing moments, This month has felt so short but the days felt so long. I feel that this month will really prepare for the months ahead. Through these weeks I have felt so many different emotions that it can be almost overwhelming but each emotion make me come to a realization. I've been able to really appreciate the things I have back in the US and also realize the importance of some of the little things. Overall this month has been an amazing learning experience and has also really opened my eyes to the different lives people live.
Homesickness has played a lot bigger role in my exchange than I have ever expected but now that school has started it seems to have gotten better. The first few weeks of my exchange I was home alone a lot and I didn't know anyone so I would stay at the house watching CNN. I wasn't allowed to walk around the neighborhood or take public transport to town so I felt very captive. Now I have met some amazing girls from my school who are constantly asking me to do things and to take me places which is an amazing thing to have.
Zimbabwe and the United States are impossible to compare, life here is so different from the one I am used to but as time goes by everything becomes more natural and normal for me. Adjusting was very difficult for me at first because its so easy think that the way they do something isn't as good as the way we would do it in the US. However, there is no better or worse there are just differences. Some major differences I have noticed about Zimbabwe are the food,religion,politics,economy,attitude and races.
Before I came to Zimbabwe I was a vegetarian for ten year but the first night I came I found myself trying chicken, to then wake up in the morning to eat bacon. Everyone in Zimbabwe loves meat but the meat here tastes a lot better than in the US. The chicken I am eating at night is the same one that was running around in the yard the day before. All meat and vegetables are from the house and they are so fresh and amazing. Zimbabwe itself doesn't have a lot of its own food but instead most things are imported from South Africa. We also have tea about 3 times a day so in other words we have a cup of warm milk and sugar 3 times a day. It's so common to have biscuits and tea here and if you go to someone's house you have to say yes if they offer you tea. However you have to be careful cause to some families "tea" can mean an entire meal where they will even leave the house to get groceries to prepare the food. The food here is very good but I have defiantly learned a lot about not wasting things. Here every part of the Animal is eaten even the heads and often you find chicken liver and kidney for sale. Many people also talk of a type of worm and alligator meat but I am not sure if I am ready to try either of those yet. The avocados, tomatos and watermelon are so amazing here. We have a mango and an avocado tree in our back yard so I have lots of access to them.