Week, Well the last one: One More Plane
It is my last night in Australia. It is my last night in Australia. No matter how many times I say it, it doesn’t seem real. I am in my room, eating strawberry fro yo, unable to believe that this incredible experience is almost, well it is, over.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been dreading this day. I tried to make a list of all the things to keep me busy. Finish packing. Buy the rest of the souvenirs (last on the list is dark chocolate tim tams). Learn to spell “souvenirs” without spell check. It was a short list. And once that was over, I was left to confront the last plane ride I’ll take during my study abroad. From the time I started this trip, I’ve taken so many plane rides. And now, I only have one more.
I have also began making a list of things that I am excited for when I get back. I did this in hope it would make coming home easier. And it did. I highly recommend it.
- Holidays. I’m coming back just in time for Thanksgiving. I am so excited to eat home cooked, American classics. Pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes, and of course the turkey. And as soon as Thanksgiving is over, Christmas season begins. And I am so ready for Christmas madness.
- Ice Water. I know it’s silly, but I miss water with ice cubes in it. For the past 5 months I’ve been drinking chilled water that quickly becomes room temperature water. But ice water, I’ve found, is something truly American.
- Mexican Food. Something, when done right, is not so American. But I am desperate for a killer enchilada from my favorite Mexican joint.
- My Friends, Girlfriend, and Rugby Team. In other words, I miss my people. The ones I go to when I’m upset and stressed. The people I have grown accustomed to sharing good news with first. I have missed them more than just about everyone and everything. I can’t wait to have my friends surrounding me again.
- My Puppy. My puppy who is no loner a puppy. I feel this one is self explanatory.
- My Family. Last but certainly not least, my family. I miss being able to rely on them being just a phone call away. While gaining more independence was an amazing thing while I’ve been away, I miss the safety net and support of having my family around.
And all of this is just one more international flight away. And now, typing this I’m getting nostalgic already. I am going to miss my new friends I’ve made here. I am going to miss my IFSA family. I am going to miss the amazing ladies at my lab, and the city of Melbourne, and, well….everything. But on the other hand, I am so ready for next semester and my next adventure. Being in Australia, traveling has really become a normal part of my life. I am so excited to travel more and see more and do more. But for now I have one plane I have to focus on catching.