I honestly can't believe I leave to go back to the USA tomorrow.
These past four months although they went by incredibly quickly also seemed to last a very long time. I've been so lucky to have all the experiences that I've had.. I have so many stories to tell now.
My suitcases are somewhat packed.
Things aren't fitting perfectly, so I've had to sit on them to shut them. (Albeit carefully on the one containing the wine and champagne, tee hee) .. Still, I hope I can fit my pillow in too.. sigh.
I can honestly say that I've learned an insane amount about life during these four months away. I did believe my friends and everyone that I talked to before I left who told me these months away would change me completely, make me more independent and more individualized, but I really didn't think I could grow up quite as much as I have.
I think that coming home tomorrow (getting up at 4:30 AM woot woot) is going to show me just how much I've changed, too.
Tomorrow's schedule is this:
4:30 AM - wake up/eat/make sure all is in order
5:00 AM - return sheets and pillowcases and key to the front office
5:15 AM - catch the metro
6:10 AM - train to Charles de Gaulle from Rennes
9:30 AM - arrive at CDG
9:30 AM - 2:15 PM- hang out in airport/go through security/etc..
3:45 - arrive in Reykjavik and change planes
6:30 PM - arrive in USA's Boston airport
It's going to be quite a long day... but it's so worth it. I'm sure I can get through as long as I have plenty of good playlists. . . And tissues, too. I think the crying will commence today and end after I see everyone from home... It could take a while to get it all out. :)
I can't even put into words how deeply I've missed everyone from home. And there are so many things I've missed.
I've missed inside jokes and Sunny and just being with everyone that I love. I've missed the convenience of walking to Cumby's in Keene at 2 AM just because I want a snack and I've missed how places are OPEN ON SUNDAYS. I've missed living with roommate(s), eating at the Dining Commons, and sitting outside Brewbaker's with iced coffee on warm spring days. All these things are of course a huge part of missing my insanely amazing friends. Because all these things I miss would not make a difference if I did them by myself.
However, in being far away from home I have also come to appreciate greatly the place and people that I left. I have realized how important and dear my friends and family are to me. I didn't take anyone for granted before this journey, but after this journey I can honestly say that I never will.
So to all my friends and family, I love you all and I absolutely not wait to come home and give each and every one of you a huge, huge hug!