I could not have imagined a better way to conclude what made for an incredible nine months. From La Feria de Abril in Sevilla, to a three week long travel adventure beginning in Brussels and ending in Venice (with Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Ljubljana, and Lake Bled mixed in between), I ended feeling nothing but happy and lucky. I owe an endless number of thank you’s to those that I crossed paths with – my host family, my friends in Sevilla, my friends on the road – & my family. I returned home and felt as if I woke up from a dream. Everything around me was a bit hazy. I felt like a fish out of water. It’s like I’ve grown so much, and so much at home is still just, well, the same, home…It’s hard to believe how fast the time flew.
I’ve said from the start that I did not want to come home bitter about returning. I always knew my abroad experience would end, and perhaps that added an extra element of sweetness. I left so much behind in Sevilla, in Europe, and while leaving was extremely challenging, I know I will be back very soon.
I have now been back in the States for just over a week. Over the weekend I drove with my parents down to my brother’s in Pennsylvania. We attempted to move some stuff from his place to my new house at school (only to find ourselves in a nightmare of a situation in the process of being fixed. Long story.) I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in Cleveland, Ohio. My brother and I began our road trip out to California today. Beau recently quit his job and is moving out west. It’s a huge change in his life, and I’m thrilled to be sharing this experience with him. We have a few planned stops, but we’ll see where the days lead us. Our schedule is relatively open, although we intend on making it to San Diego by June 22nd for Matt’s, Beau’s long time best friend, graduation party. I’m hoping to post a decent amount of updates, which is why I’ve decide to finish up my abroad posts and start from there.
Until next time (soon).