Wow… I can’t believe that it has been 5 months since I first arrived here in Europe. I have grown so much these past few months. I can remember my first day in Vienna. I had just arrived in a country that I didn’t speak the language– Lisa (the only person I “knew”) had just dropped me off at my apartment to do an errand. I was phoneless and didn’t have Internet. I needed an Ethernet cord but I couldn’t look up where to buy an Ethernet cord. Add in coming off a cross Atlantic flight. I don’t think I have ever been so overwhelmed in my life. I felt like I had hit bottom at that point. My luck began to change when the maintainance man happened to stop in my apartment and I played a game of charades to explain the Internet situation and he let me borrow a cord. I can’t explain in words the relief feeling of actually being able to get on the Internet and connect to the world. After a skype with my parents while tears of being exhausted and overwhelmed came down, I took a nap and woke up refreshed and then began this incredible journey that I have experienced these past five months. I look through the hundreds of pictures taken, the number of shot glasses bought (one for each country) and it brings a smile to my face of how much I have seen and experienced these past five months. I have grown a lot and met some amazing people along the way. I hope that I could have left somewhat of an impact on them for the impact these people have left on me– no matter how long or short our encounter was. It reminds me of the cliche quote:
“Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay awhile and leave footprints on our heart and we are never ever the same”.
I have learned something –however big or small– from each person that I have come across these past few months and I hope to take these things with me forever. To all the people I have met along the way, I appreciate our time spent together and hope we are lucky enough that one day our paths will cross again on our journeys through life.