October 15, 2009
If the true test of a vacation’s success is how little work one does, my Fall Break this year was one of the best. As I discovered on Monday night while packing to head back to school, I hadn’t even opened the backpack full of reading I brought home. No major consequences, though, I just didn’t get as far ahead on work as I had hoped. And I had an excellent time at home: Taste of Georgetown and heading over to my cousin’s house for an Ecuador soccer game on Saturday, hanging out with my nieces on Sunday, and visiting my friends at the University of Maryland on Monday. Most definitely a break well spent!
It was wonderful to be home, since I do find myself strangely homesick these days. I never experienced it during freshman year, since I was probably too caught up in the novelty of college life to despair, and also because I was fortunate enough to have one of my best friends from high school at Cornell, too. In sophomore year, during the election season, I started to terribly miss being near Washington. This year, I miss home so much more. Maybe it’s because I’m more certain than ever that I’m headed back after graduation. It’s also a huge “grass-is-always-greener” situation: as much as I miss working in DC and can’t wait to get back, wearing jeans and going to the library does have its benefits. I guess the key is just enjoying whatever you’re doing.