I have no better way to describe my semester abroad than with this quote:
“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.” – Miriam Adeney
I have been puttingoff writing this blog post for a few days, not only because I have been busy submerging myself back into the American way of life but also because I don’t want to admit that it is finally over. Traveling to Europe is something that I have dreamed about since middle school. Studying abroad is something that I dreamed about since freshman year. To realize that all that dreaming, all the hype, all the excitement has finally happened and come to an end is absolutely depressing.
Nonetheless, it had to come to a close at some point. And what and experience it was.
I made unforgettable memories with everlasting friends.
I saw new parts of the world.
I tried new foods.
I learned to speak Spanish!
I cooked Basque comida.
I taught English.
I helped organize a beach cleanup.
I learned to surf.
I felt heartache for loved ones at home.
I grew up.
And life goes on. Next week I start my summer internship and will be thrown into yet another new situation, surrounded by the unknown. But from what I’ve learned up to this point: embrace it with open arms, make the best of it and enjoy the ride.
For the next couple weeks, I plan on uploading a few more posts about my time abroad that I didn’t have time to cover when I was abroad. But other than that, I will be posting all my new posts, about my time in Detroit this summer and more on my other blog:
A huge thanks to my family and friends and showed me never ending love while I was overseas. None of this would have been possible without your support and encouragement. USAC, you are wonderful – glad I chose to participate in your program. And to everyone in my program and others I met along the way – thank you for being yourselves, you’ve impacted me more than you’ll ever know.
And lastly, to all of you at home or abroad, who followed along on my journey – a big round of applause for you for putting up with my rambling and typos. I hope you enjoyed it.
Smile on 🙂