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Back State Side!

It seems like such a long time since I’ve been in the United States. After writing my last post I traveled Europe for a few weeks and returned to Belfast for a week before flying back to Shreveport, Louisiana.
During my travels in Europe my boyfriend and I went to Romania, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Slovakia, The Czech Republic, and Amsterdam. It was quite a whirlwind adventure! We saw Bran Castle (more commonly known as Dracula’s Castle) in Transylvania, a part of the Iron Curtain death fence that still stands in Slovakia, the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, Diocletian’s Palace in Croatia and so much more that would just be too long to include. It was liberating to be in new countries every couple of days and go to places (like Slovenia) that I had never even heard of before. It made me wonder what else is out there that I don’t know about, what other adventures await that I can’t even dream of yet because I don’t know they exist.
After visiting so many places returning to Belfast felt like going home. Walking down familiar streets and seeing familiar faces felt like coming home from college the first time when you’ve made some friends away but the people that truly know you well are still in your hometown. I made new friends in my last week in Belfast that I wished I’d met sooner and had to say bye to all of the old ones. It’s amazing how quickly somewhere can feel like home.
I was nervous about coming back the US at first. After all I hadn’t been here in months and I had changed but everyone here knew me as the person I’d been when I left. I was worried that I might not be able to relate to them as much or that home wouldn’t be as desirable anymore. But actually coming back alleviated these fears. My friends and family were touchingly excited to see me and because I’d been gone so long everything seemed sort of new. I looked at my hometown and Jackson, Mississippi, where I go to school, with a different pair of eyes and a different perspective from what I had when I left.

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