It’s challenging to adjust to another culture. This is obvious, of course, but hard to wrap your head around. The smallest things can be so draining. And knowing how small they are and how challenging they are adjust to simply makes it more draining.
And certain days (like today) you just ache for everything to be familiar again; you ache to stop the game/adventure it feels like you are on. But you can’t simply “escape” to familiar things–and that’s maybe the hardest reality of it all: that this is reality. And as such, it’s here to stay.