"And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time."
~ T.S. Eliot (from [i:fb5c9c393e]Little Gidding[/i:fb5c9c393e])
Greetings MN . . .
I understand that feeling of nervousness about [i:fb5c9c393e]going[/i:fb5c9c393e] home, and also those fears which you've so accurately expressed. Interesting stuff, huh?
Here are three practical pointers, things you may expect and can be mindful of. In no particular order:
(1) You might experience "culture shock" (in all likelihood you will) and many people respond to this condition by simply withdrawing into themselves. Remain aware of how you relate and interact with your family; extra effort might be required to give generously of yourself. Remember, they haven't changed â you have.
(2) Monitor the behaviour of your body's digestive system. Your diet on the road will have been very different to that at home, especially given it's the festive season and rich foods may be in abundance. You could expect to get constipated, and/or develop allergic type reactions.
(3) As travellers we develop and build up an efficient immune system which, in practical terms, means we are carriers for many bugs. Don't be surprised if people at home develop strange, niggly little illnesses with flu-like symptoms. There's probably little you can do to prevent this, other than take care with your personal hygiene.
Travel well, my friend, and I will take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas!
. . . and the journeying is towards God [Qur'an]