I am currently sitting on my flight across “The Pond” and into Europe for the first time EVER as I write this. The flight attendants welcomed me with a complimentary glass of red wine (P.S. I love you already Europeans). Knowing myself, there’s a 100% guarantee that I forgot at least five things even after checking all of my bags about a hundred times. I don’t think that it truly hit me that I was actually leaving for this adventure until my dad gave me one last hug (slipped me a quick $20) and left me standing in line to check-in my luggage by myself. It is both scary and exciting to think that for the next several weeks I will be in an entirely new continent all by myself… no longer a quick 30-minute drive away from ANYONE or ANYTHING that I know and am comfortable with, but hey like they say—‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone’ and I am sure that this trip will prove that true.
Here’s a list of some of the things that cross my mind that I am most looking forward to:
The following list depicts some aspects that I am worried about while studying abroad:
Overall I am beaming with anticipation to embark on this journey and am grateful for all of the excitement and encouragement provided by those close to me, including the multiple ‘Bon Voyage’ wishes and texts. I cannot wait to keep updating this with all of my adventures and share my experience but for now I’m going to go back to sipping wine while reading my magazine. Ciao.
Pictured: The essentials—a camera to document all of the beautiful new sights, a book to read while I sip espresso in an eclectic café, an emergency 20 euros, a journal to write down my scattered thoughts, a new pair of sunnies and, most importantly, my passport which will make all of travels throughout the European Union possible.