It's also been interesting to see all the new apartment buildings right around Everett - lots down by Wellington and even new swanky looking lofts down on 99. And a windmill across from the electric plant! (Not that I've seen it move. ) And I noticed the nursing home at the end of main street has been changed into a Backpackers Hostel. Interesting.
It's also a lot more diverse than I remember it being. This thought could, of course, be a by-product of having been in the most homogenous nation on the planet for few years, but I think not. I enjoy hearing all the different languages and having access to excellent and varied food. I also like riding the bus and being surrounded by a varied group of people.
Overall, it's been really exciting to be back.
I keep simultaneously hoping that I run into someone I know and dreading it. I'm so interested in what my high school alum are doing but so worried that I wouldn't recognize them if I saw them!