I am finally home in Newton, Kansas. Today I’m spending my day trying to get back in the swing of my old life. I’ll be moving into a new apartment, starting my old job, adjusting to the time change, and seeing family and friends.
I spent the last few weeks touring Italy and Ireland before coming home. A friend from Kansas joined me and my older sister in Rome before he and I went to Florence, Venice, and Dublin. We successfully ate and drank our way across two countries before taking the eight hour flight across the Atlantic.
We did all the things you have to do. In Rome, we saw the Vatican and Colosseum. Venice, we ate fish and saw Il Ponte dei Sospiri. Moving back south to Florence we saw Michelangelo’s David and every other piece of art imaginable. In Ireland, we toured Dublin (Guinness Storehouse included) and the Cliffs of Moher.
I was so lucky to have one last tour of Europe before I went home. I felt that visiting the first places I had ever visited abroad was a fitting way to end my six months in Perugia. After living in Italy for so long, it was refreshing to see the country again with people who were experiencing it for the first time.
Admittedly, I have very mixed feelings about coming home. I am overjoyed to be home with my family and friends. I am incredibly saddened to leave my surrogate country and new friends in Italy. But in the end, the torn feeling is testament to the wonderful experiences I’ve had in both countries.
This fall semester I’ll be working, taking the GRE, and applying to grad school. I’ll be going back to Bethel College in the spring and I hope to graduate in May 2017. To give you all fair warning, I probably won’t stop thinking or talking about Italy till I visit again. Thank you for reading and joining me in my travels. Ciao!