“Am ende wird alles gut. Wenn es noch nicht gut ist, ist es noch nicht das ende.” -Oscar Wilde (German Translation)
I know it’s a little weird to start a knew blog right at the end of the old one, but I think this would be a good starting point for a new blog! I’m now at the end of my European adventures. As a matter of fact, I’m sitting on my friend’s couch in London contemplating on the long day ahead of me tomorrow. It all starts with a 6:30am bus ride to the airport and then of course the long check in line. But, considering I’ll be there so early maybe the line won’t be too bad. Next, it’s off to customs. Does anyone else feel pressure during this part? I mean, I know it’s important to go through this security check (definitely not disputing that) but it literally feels as if my life is on the line at this point. Just think about it, you’re already stressed because you’re trying to make sure you get to the right gate and make it to your flight (let’s not even think about the flight anxiety) and then you have these people rushing you to put all of your belongings into different boxes. They’re constantly shouting, “please move along!”
But, despite all this I will have plenty of time to think about my travels and my time in Germany…at least 9 hours. When I look back at the past 6 months they literally seem like a dream. I never imagined having the opportunity to study and live in Germany, see many different German cities and of course some different countries along the way. However, in the beginning I will admit to having a bit of a hard time adjusting. Actually, to be honest, the entire 6 months seemed like an adjustment period and as soon as I felt comfortable..it was time to head back. But, I wouldn’t trade my time there for anything. I was able to meet so many people from around the world: Netherlands, UK, Spain, South Korea, Germany and of course some Americans. My main group of friends happened to be a lot of people from the UK and some others from Europe (and us non – Europeans). They had to be the most interesting, different, insane yet caring, kind and fun people I met while there. I would often think of how grateful I was to have met them because they were there during the important times.
Not only was I able to meet so many people there, but I learned a lot about myself while there as well. I mean, what’s the point in going abroad if you don’t learn a little about yourself right? I learned that I’m extremely stubborn (nothing new) but anything I put my mind to I can accomplish. Sounds cliché right? When your younger usually your parents (my mom in this case) tell you “you can do whatever you put your mind to.” This is the first time I actually believe it for myself. If it wasn’t for me, I wouldn’t have gotten to Germany in the first place. I also discovered my passion for politics and international relations. The stereotype of young Americans not knowing a lot about politics may be a little true, but hey! Better late than never! The last thing I discovered, and maybe the most important, is I’m proud of where I come from. While being abroad, in both South Korea and Germany, I learned that everyone has there stereotypes. I even have my own. But, I definitely learned most of the American stereotypes while being in Europe. Now don’t get me wrong, we Americans are known for some pretty funny, embarrassing, and other disappointing things but being an American has laid the foundation for me and my future. I have respect for where I’m from, but I know there is more out there and I’m grateful for the people in my life who encourage me to continue going abroad.
All in all my time in Germany was a learning experience but it was extraordinary to say the least. I cannot even begin to summarize the whole experience in this one blog, but maybe over the course of some more. I guess all I can say is I’m grateful I got to experience Germany and I look forward to my next adventure! Maybe some US travels??
I hope you enjoyed my last/first blog on my European adventure! Stay tuned for even more interesting experiences!
P.S – Adventure can be found everywhere. You don’t have to leave the country, or even your home, to experience it. Adventure can be found in anything. You just have to believe it.