Well, it had to happen sooner or later. I am going back to the United States. I have booked a ticket for late September from Mumbai to San Francisco. I plan to spend a few weeks in SF, followed by a few in LA, followed by a few with my family in Indiana.
And after that? Who knows?
I have mixed feelings about returning to the US. On the one hand, I am overjoyed to reconnect with friends and family. And with the pace of the last year, I have to admit to finally feeling a little bit of travel fatigue. It will be good for me to rest in some familiar surrounds for a few weeks. It will also be good to take stock of the past year.
On the other hand, I wonder how re-entry to the culture will look, and if I will be able to hold within me the best lessons of this trip. Not being sure where I will head after a couple months in the US, will I get sucked back into an unbalanced work life? Will I start hankering after objects and possessions? Will I worry overly much about my vanity? Will it be harder to live in the present moment?