"You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart will always be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place."Today was the last day of my internship and tomorrow morning shall find me leavin' on a jet plane. This past week has been filled with indulgence- spending every free moment with friends, never declining dessert (because, well, when in Scotland!) and allowing myself to feel every feeling that comes. It has been a very strange mixture of sadness and euphoria, nostalgia and excitement. But one thing I haven't been feeling is regret, and that is because studying abroad this term was the best choice I could have made. There isn't a single thing that I would change nor anything that I wish played out differently. Before you study abroad, you constantly hear that the experience will change you and you won't come home the same- it's crazy how true this is!
On my first day in Edinburgh, Arianne and I dined at a fancy restaurant for lunch and since then have sworn we needed to return for dinner at some point. We decided to do that last night to finish this experience right where we started, and it was such a surreal thing to laugh and think about how this all began! [Getting the first class treatment there was also quite surreal but, that's a story for another time]
|Part of the gorgeously decorated dome ceiling that gives the restaurant its name!|
I've been reading up on the stages of reverse culture shock/readjustment so that I'll know what to expect when I'm home, but something tells me I'll have a hard time getting used to having less tea and not using terms like trousers, treek and knackered! They say that it's just as hard as it was adjusting to your culture abroad, which seems crazy because it's home, but I can already see it will be a challenge to not constantly compare it (in both good and bad ways) to the UK. We'll find out soon enough!
See you soon, America!