Artist: Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne
Song: “Real Love”
How do I even begin to talk about these past two months? I’ve allowed myself to become so busy with life that I forgot what it was like to blog. Then I was at a point where I couldn’t even figure out how to write about things.
But here I am, now. I can only go surface level on the past two months, because far too much has happened in my life, it’s unbelievable.
First and most importantly, I’ve started making friends. I am loving the people in my program here; they are diverse and challenge my beliefs and worldview. But they also show me love in such unconditional ways. Studying abroad creates such strong bonds between people, and I love it.
I went to Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj appeared as a surprise guest, so that was COOL I GUESS. Special shout out to my friend Sam Moreno for letting me borrow her Beyoncé shirt; it took a lot of persuading, but I really appreciate it.
Prague: one of my roommates from Tennessee came to visit! Mamie, Coley & I met him in Prague for my first weekend trip! We had an unbelievable time eating one of the best meals I’ve ever had (Czech food is BOMB.) and exploring an amazing new city that I knew absolutely no history of. I’m a very good tourist, if you ask me.While Cole was still in town my best friend eva came to visit me for 12 days! Still don’t know how it happened, but I’m so happy I was able to share my city with people from back home. We hit it all: the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower (like 3 times) and so many other things. While he was here we decided we go to Sacré-Cœur to see the view at night, but stumbled upon a fireworks show!
After Carter, Cole and Emily left Paris another one of my roommates came in town! His best friend is studying in Belgium this semester, so he went there first, and then we met up for a trip to Amsterdam. The travel to Amsterdam was horrible, honestly. I missed my bus to Belgium and had to take a train to meet up with him.
Amsterdam was such an amazing city. I didn’t have nearly enough time there, but we were able to do a bike tour of the city (which was terrifying because I hate bikes), see the Anne Frank museum, and enjoy walking through the canals. The Anne Frank museum was such a surreal experience, and I’m thankful that I was able to be where she and her family and friends had been.
On Halloween I went out with my friend Emma and met a bunch of French people. It was one of my first times interacting for a long period of time with people who don’t speak English. It was terrifying, tiring and so rewarding to make it until 5 a.m. speaking French. And yes, I did say 5 a.m. I’m still not sure how I stayed up that late and I literally can never do it again.
Today I got back from Florence with Coley. We spent five days in Italy and it was phenomenal. We got to see Bologna and visit one of my friends from high school, as well as three days exploring Florence. It was one of my favorite vacations I’ve had in a while. Coley and I were able to get amazing quality time, we saw the most beautiful sights, and ate the most ridiculously delicious food that’s ever been made.
There’s just no way to put into words these past two months. I can’t believe how much has happened, but what will I do when this final month is over? It’s all too much for my small mind to comprehend. For now, though, I’m going to make the most of it.
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