The Last Week

I know I haven’t posted in a while–10 days to be precise. I have been really busy here, both with fun things and with school things. I promise I will post the rest of the pictures from this trip either later this week or right when I get home.

I have only four days left in England. It is crazy how fast the last four weeks have gone. The first four weeks seemed to take forever and the second four weeks have flown by. When I started the program, eight weeks seemed like forever, but now I am finishing up my last papers and tests and I will start packing soon to come home. It is weird to think that something I have been anticipating for so long is almost over. I have been waiting and wanting to study abroad since I started college. I have been researching programs and planning when it would fit in to my schedule since I was a freshman. I applied for this program in January and have been figuring everything out for this trip since then. So much has gone into making this experience happen, and not it is almost over. That is such a weird feeling.

I have three days left and I am doing my best to enjoy them. I have two papers and one test left to finish up my classes. I am so close, but it feels like the papers are taking forever. By tomorrow morning, the papers will be turned in and all I will have left is the test. I am planning on walking around Cambridge a bit tomorrow and starting packing so that I don’t have to pack everything on my last day. I am a little curious to see how packing will go. I haven’t accumulated a lot of stuff during my trip, but I didn’t have a lot of extra room when I got here. Also, I had to buy a new suitcase because a wheel on my original one broke, so hopefully it holds everything.

I am both sad to leave and excited to go home. England is a beautiful country and there are a lot of things I love about Cambridge, but I do miss my family, my friends, and my home. I feel like I am in a good place because I will always remember the country fondly and I get to go home now to see those that I love most. After eight weeks, it is a little weird to think about going home. I wonder what things will have changed while I have been gone and what things will be exactly the same. There will be a lot of changes in my life when I get home. Only four days after I get back I am moving to campus to live in a new house. I will get to help my sister move to college. I am starting new classes, a new job, and a new leadership role in the Catholic student group that I am involved in. Not only will I be coming back to the US from a foreign country, I have a lot of exciting new things ahead. It will be an adventure!

As far as the blog goes, there will be a lot of new posts in the coming weeks. I probably won’t post a lot more before I leave England, but once I get home, I will have a lot of things to share. I will post the rest of the pictures and adventures from the end of my trip. I also have over a dozen short essays from the travel writing class I took here. I am working on editing those now and once I turn them in to my professor, I will post them here. I also have a few post ideas of some general observations about England. Once I am done with my travel posts, I hope to post more recipes, photos, prayer reflections, quotes, bible verses, and other things (like I did before my trip.)

Thank you all so much for following along on my adventure. There is much more to come!

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