1. When you first get to the farm and you’re overwhelmed by how beautiful and nature-y everything is, and you immediately think you can spend the rest of your life picking olives and milking goats even though you haven’t started yet.

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2. When you first meet the other WWOOFers you’re working with

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3. When you start your first day on the job

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4. When you finish your first day on the job and emerge from the experience exhausted and covered in scratches, animal dung, and a thick layer of sweat

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5. After day five of weeding

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6. When you uncover the first gigantic insect in your bed

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7. When it’s finally Saturday night and you have Sunday off

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8. What actually ends up happening

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9. When you think you’re getting into excellent shape at long last

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10. What really happens after a long day of work

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11. When you really, really, really just want a beer and the nearest town is 50 minutes away on foot

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12. When you finally get that drink

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13. When you have a breakthrough moment with your WWOOF hosts

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14. And then you realize the hand gestures you’ve been using are actually horribly offensive in their culture

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15. When your WWOOF hosts have people over for dinner and you’re invited, but you don’t understand a word of the language

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16. When it’s time to leave and suddenly every insect is tolerable, and you’re sure you’ll never experience such peace and oneness with nature ever again in your lifetime

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17. When you first lay eyes on civilization again

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18. Three weeks later, when your body still hasn’t properly adjusted to the real world

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19. Four weeks later, when you’re already sick of civilization and the real world again

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