Well, I’m back from Mongolia. I have some 32 pages of journal entries to transcribe over the coming days, so I won’t waste my precious typing fingers (and quality time here in the university cafeteria on a pleasantly warm spring day) talking about that for now. Instead, the readjustment back to life here is consuming my attention.
I think it’s just the little things, really, that make it seem odd. Looking the other way again when crossing the road. Actually driving for the first time in 27 days (there were a few fairly iffy gear changes in the first couple of kilometres, I have to admit). Seeing the usual random assortment of university students rather than Mongolian nomads. Hell, the fact that there are toilets and I can flush toilet paper down them is a bit of a novelty at the moment.
Unfortunately, I’m also consumed by the things I have to do in the near future. In addition to transcribing the aforementioned journal entries and titling and uploading 300-odd photos, I also have to clear my work e-mail (1800+ messages), write a project management presentation, write two essays, four scripts, contribute to a project report, one Computer Science assignment, recover whatever data is still readable on my work hard drive (which I’ve just been told is failing), do a very compressed cricket pre-season…
Oh, and all that’s got to be done in the next three and a half weeks. Guess the blogging’s going to take a bit of a hit. Now excuse me while I panic quietly.