It is official. I have been home for a week. Seven solid days and I still cannot grasp it all. Those six weeks seem surreal, like an alternate reality.
I’ve been dreading writing this post. It is the stamp of finalization. Proof that it all happened but that it is now officially over. I don’t like that. So here we go, an attempted recap to everything my study abroad taught me.
Up till I left I had been rushing to get things done. To hurry up and graduate and move to New York. But I’ve realized why am I in such a rush? Why am I in a rush to move to the next step and get to the next stage, if anything the next stage isn’t nearly as exciting as the now. The next stage is a job and a set schedule. Talk about mundane. But for some reason I was reaching for that point because it would finally show everyone that I had “made it”. But I am making it now and I’m doing it in a way that I never thought I would – with such flair.
I’ve realized that what is happening at this moment is what I need to fully embrace. The now is what will shape tomorrow and the rest of my life. The now is exciting, it is fresh and it is new. So while I’m in the now I commit to seeing the world, to learning about others cultures, to being shaped and changed by the world as I strive to change the world for the better.
I learned the importance of being judgement free of others. Every single person had their crazy first impressions of everyone and boy were they all wrong.
I learned about how to be a friend. In my life I have been blessed immensely with strong friends. Quantity of friends has not always been there but the quality of friends I have surpasses all. Like many I have struggled making friends during points of my life but somehow 30 complete strangers became some of the closest friends I have ever made.
So as one last final tribute to #recmanclan14,
Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to elaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.
So there it is. I did it. Stay gold.
- Best gelato: Florence, Italy
- Best meal: Die Wiessen in Austria
- Worst meal: Disneyland Paris
- Song of the trip: Not A Bad Thing by Justin Timberlake
- Key phrases: You Do You-I Do I, let me be me mom, So…. That’s a thing, so here’s the thing, FOMO, slash, I’m all about that life, that’s all shades of no.
- Favorite run: Freiberg LDS Temple
- Book of the trip: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Divergent by Veronica Roth
- Best dessert: Lemon meringue with vanilla ice cream at Edward Moon in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
- Most spontaneous moment: Walter Mitty waterfall in Iceland
- Drink of the trip: Coke
- Candy bar of the trip: Galaxy cookie crumble and Buenos
- Candy of the trip: Fruity Mentos
- Best crepe: Paris, France by the Eiffel Tower
- Salty trip of the trip: Pringles
- Snacks of the trip: Bread w/ Nutella and Digestives
- Worst sleeping arrangements: Venice, Italy and Bern, Switzerland
- Best sleeping arrangements: Edelweiss, Germany and Skaftafell, Iceland
- Mixed sleeping arrangements: Tropical Islands… We hated it and loved it all at the same time.
- Sketchiest city: Munich, Germany
- Safest city: Stratford-Upon-Avon, England…. Do they even have a police enforcement?
- Least favorite city: Prague, Czech Republic…… Weather sucked
- Best pizza: Venice, Italy
- Best pastry: Paris bakery
- Best fruit: Venice, Italy
- Best Sandwhich: Borough Market in London- Rum steak sandwhich
- Most awkward moment: William our bus driver hitting the sign at the nunnery
- Pure happiness moment: Seeing Michelangelo’s David
- Most accomplishing moment: Hiking the Swiss Alps in Gimmelwald, Switzerland
- Most embracing & living in the moment: The bonfire in Iceland
- Strongest wifi: Freiberg, Germany
- Weakest wifi: Iceland