Sunday, July 26, 2015
By Sara Namusoga
I wake up in the morning, here at River Park Apartments, and find the blinds in the sitting room area drawn back. I am not sure why. While on a trip outside Athens, I wake up to find the sun coming in through the slit in the curtain. I could not have slept with light coming in through the curtain, but I realise that I just woke up! I am not sure why.
Before coming to the United States of America, I secretly promised myself not to indulge in the junk food available at almost every point on the street. In fact, I could have easily promised to eat healthy and keep fit. But no! I have enjoyed eating the pizza, the burgers, the crisps from the vending machines and the chips (fries). I have enjoyed every drop of Pepsi that I have drunk. And I have not been to the gym once. I am not sure why.
One morning, some colleagues find me waiting for the van to Schoonover Centre. After saying good morning, they tell me that they will be walking to campus today. It is a hot summer’s day, one of the few we have witnessed since our arrival here in Athens, Ohio, and I wonder why they would choose to walk in the heat instead of take the van. They beckon me to join them. I think about it and say yes. And so the long walk to Schoonover starts, up the hill and in the sun. But I feel no strain from either the hill or the heat from the sun. I am not sure why.
Three weeks into SUSI 2015, I still find it weird to say “fries” instead of “chips”, “potato chips”, instead of “crisps”, “baffalo” instead of “buffalo”, “and elevator “instead of” lift”. I seem to have failed to get over the fact that Apple computers (both laptops and desktops) are commonplace here and not the PCs. But oh yeah- the penny, the dime and the cent, I gat those!