Saturday, September 12, 2015

London to Salzburg

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I'm back  - I promised that I would post travel updates each Friday, and I really will try to stick to this, but it's going to be harder than I had anticipated. I want nothing to do with blogging, Facebook, FaceTime, or texting right now -- not the way I had thought this would go at all. I had been so anxious about being away from friends, missing out, missing my boyfriend, and being in a foreign place that I forgot the amazing privilege and experience that is sitting in my lap: I'm in Europe for a semester.

I spent two nights in London before making it to Salzburg, and it was exhausting. Jet lag and huge cities do not mix well, although it was nice to hear English spoken (nearly everybody in Salzburg speaks exclusively German). We made it to some major attractions like Big Ben and the changing of the royal guard, but all in all I felt as though I could have skipped it.

Salzburg, on the other hand, is just perfect. It's gorgeous and feels small and cozy and has statues and hidden squares all over town. I forget where I am when I'm walking to catch a bus to the dorm, then I look up and around me and the alps are there surrounding the town, towering over me. It's surreal. There are many other university students here from across the U.S. and the world - it's fun to cook in a hall kitchen when you don't know if tonight your new friend will be from Germany or Minnesota. I don't want to plan any side trips yet, just enjoy where I am. That's the goal - to just BE. To be where I am, to let life happen, and to really go with the flow. That means blogging isn't a priority right now, and neither is contact in general. Maybe when I'm feeling more settled and my surroundings seem slightly less exciting, things will change, but who knows. Strangely enough, the people I have connected with the most so far are from Oregon and Virginia. It really is a small world!

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1 comment:

  1. I can't believe you didn't like London! Let me know if you go back for the weekend and I'll give you a list of must-sees! I studied abroad there my junior year, and Andrew is there now. It looks like you are having a great time, I'm living vicariously!