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The End

I was surprised how fast the end of this summer came. One hand I was very ready to come back to the US and see my friends and family, but leaving Singapore was a lot harder than I expected. I'm really going to miss a lot about this place. Singapore is filled with such beautiful culture and delicious food that cannot be found anywhere else in the world and I wish everyone could have experienced this summer with me because it has been an incredible experience that I will never forget.

When I first got into the US again my first thought was that everyone looked tall and mean haha and Immediately wanted rice. It was strange going from Singapore's well oiled machine like efficiency, to the chaotic ways of US customs. I will admit, I was very ready to leave the heat of singapore behind. I think the weirdest part about coming back to the US already was how easy it was to fall into old routine. Hanging out with family and friends in way feels like nothing happened at all and that I was only gone for a weekend, but in reality so much happened this summer that they simply can't understand. It's almost as if I went and lived a secret life for 4 months, and then came back to the same life I love. This summer taught me a lot about growing up, respecting others and being open minded, and how to be adaptable, and I really hope I can help others understand as well.

I was honestly surprised with how little culture shock I had both with going to Singapore and while coming back. I think a large part of that is because Singapore is overall pretty western and they live very similarly to way we do in the US. Obviously there are a lot of differences that I have explained before, but at the core of it all, it is very similar. Another great take away i've had from this experience is realizing how small the world truly is. We are all people, and for the most part we're all doing our best and it didn't matter if I was in the US, Europe, or traveling all around asia, people everywhere crave connections and are always willing to help.

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