For those following my journey, I’d like to start this post by apologizing for not writing last week… SORRY! However, the last two weeks have been extremely busy. I went to Rome, completed my final exam, prepared to leave Italy, said goodbye to my beautiful temporary home, took my first solo flight abroad, and reunited with one of my closest friends.
It was unreal to be walking through the streets of such a beautiful place. A place filled with so much history. The Colosseum was only something I’d read about in history books, so to see this building in person was amazing. I will never forget seeing such a large piece of history up close. The Trevi Fountain was absolutely incredible. The crowd surrounding the fountain was completely justified. The statues were beautiful and the water was so pretty. I’m not exaggerating when I say it felt like I was in a movie…. the only downside to being a foreigner in such a beautiful place, was the way the men vocalized their appreciation for my skin color, and declared their love for me.
Being that I was the only person in the class, my final exam was… extensive. It wasn’t like an American final… I had to: write a mission statement and two claim options, make newsletters and a survey, create an Instagram and Facebook account, and lastly, write about everything I’d done in a report. So, as you can see, I was a very busy person for several days. But, it all paid off because I received an A on my final exam.
Preparation to Leave
I had to leave Italy on a Friday, so I started packing and cleaning on a Sunday. I knew I had to start early, because my bags were slightly overweight on the initial trip abroad. However, during the trip, I threw a ton of clothing away when I thought I had to leave in a rush (weeks before). So, my bags were definitely lighter. Dajah and La Kita left a few days before me, so I had all of my stuff spread out across the room the last few days.
In the end, I didn’t want to leave… but I missed the luxuries of large showers, air conditioning, and my car. In my last days in this beautiful city I tried to do all of the things that I liked. That included: walking around the city and having really good food… the last two days were extremely peaceful, and I didn’t want to leave even more.
I’m not going to lie, I was scared to fly by myself (at first). But, there’s something kind of peaceful about walking through a busy airport. I never once got stressed or lost, thankfully. And the flights were smoother than I thought they would be. I slept, almost, the entire time on both flights. Even with the crying baby in the seat behind me. I had a layover in Brussels and it was cool. The layover was about four-hours, but it didn’t seem that long. The stroll through the airport was cool, because there were extravagant stores EVERYWHERE! I ate a really good chicken wrap with Pringle chips and a cute little juice, and watched Netflix until they called my flight.
Reunited With Paula
This was one of the best highlights of my summer. I can’t explain to you all of the emotions I felt when I saw Paula… this was our first time seeing each other in about three-years. As I was walking through the Manchester Airport, and I was replying to her text, when I heard her squeal! That’s a noice I haven’t heard in person in a really long time. I can’t tell you how happy I am that our bond has lasted this long. Being here is nothing short of amazing… I can already tell I won’t want to leave her… this next week will be filled with noting but adventure, and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.
Overall… this has all been a trip of a lifetime and I know it can only get better. Thank you so much if made it this far.