The benefits of home come quick and fast, and if sucked in too quickly they can make you forget the past.
The smells, sights and experiences of the last month can quickly slip into just a distant memory and soon the normal can take over.
However home has many blessings and little things which make me appreciate my time in Bangladesh all the more:
*A warm shower~ makes me think back to all the cold, sometimes just a mist of showers in Bangladesh or even the times when you get caught mid shower, power goes off, and the water stops.
*Non-stop Electricity~ what a relief not to have to worry about the power going off and then trying to find the torches or candles or hoping that the IPS continued enough until the power goes off. Load-shedding is only what i can describe as a pain especially when trying to watch football and the power gets turned off four times in the match.
*Fresh milk in tea~ beats the powdered stuff and definitely beats the fresh stuff that when you just fancy a little cup of tea but the power has been off has gone off in no time.
*A Duvet~ oh to be cold enough for a duvet. In Bangladesh it was too hot even to sleep under a sheet, so a duvet at home is just bliss to cosy up to.
*Not wearing an orna~ I often wear a scarf or pashmina at home but in a style which suits me, in Bangladesh it was draped over the shoulders and chest and wrapped over the head for modesty. When the door went it was a quick dash for the ornas and when outside it was always about making sure everything was covered.
*Going outside and not being stared at~ this is the one thing about home i appreciate the most, you are no longer one of the few white people in a city, you don’t stand out and get things shouted at you. People don’t mean to be offensive but are just not used to seeing white skin.
Being home makes me appreciate Bangladesh and being in Bangladesh makes me appreciate home all the more. Both compliment the other and for me both are inseparable of the other.