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The Backpacker's New Clothes

When you're living out of a backpack for ten months, you get really tired of wearing the same gear everyday. Colors slowly fade away after hand washings in hostel sinks or cheap laundering in Asian countries. Whites take on stains that never come out or turn a subtle shade of gray due to fraternizing with the darks.

I was excited to get home and to wear something different. But as I threw on my grey hoodie and some old pajama pants, I felt strange. It didn't feel right. I looked too different. I'd somehow gotten used to what I looked like wearing variations of the same six t-shirts, two pairs of shorts, and two pairs of trousers.

When I brushed me teeth the other day, I noticed all sorts of toiletries I'd left in the bathroom before I left. Neutrogena lotion, hair gels, anti-bacterial soaps. Did I need any of this stuff? I'd survived nearly a year living out of the same bag. Why did I need anything else? It's interesting to slowly transition back to the old ways with new attitudes.

Fuel prices are skyrocketing. Just as I need to make a 350 mile drive to LA tomorrow morning. Gas Bless America.

1 Responses to “The Backpacker's New Clothes”

  1. # Blogger Daniel Lee

    Rachel and Ben are in town this weekend as well! They're having a little shindig Saturday night. Hopefully you can make it. It'll be great to see you again!  

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