It's been a week and a day since we got home. Sorry I haven't posted- life has been busy, of course. I was home and now I'm back in my University town seeing friends and the places I love. So I was home, and now I'm home =). It has been SO NICE!
Mom and dad picked us up and traffic on the way home was nonexistent, which was great. We dropped Jeremy off, and everyone was just so happy to have us home safe. Then we went and got my first meal back in the US, even though I looked a little shabby...
Then we went home.
The first thing I did, of course, was shower. I put all my clothes in a bag, left my backpack in the car, and decided to deal with it later. Then I went to sleep in my own bed watching Lord of the Rings.
It was wonderful!!!
Since then I have emptied out my backpack, and mom is taking it and my tennis shoes to the laundromat for a good washing. I rested for a couple days while getting other things done and seeing friends and family. The hardest thing was figuring out how to get the 2,403 photos off my phone and save them safely. That took a while! But mission accomplished.
Everything has gone as expected. I miss the things I thought I would miss, and I look back on the hardships thinking that it's awesome that I got through them, but I don't need to do it again. It is so fun to talk about the trip with everyone. It's so much more fun than it was before I left. Then it was all hypothetical. Now I can bond with people over where we have both been, reminisce about my favorite moments, and say I DID IT! And that is a wonderful feeling.
I may decide to post again if something comes up, but for now I think this is my last post. I need to get these law school applications done!
So thank you, readers, for being with me on this incredible adventure. For keeping me going with your comments and love from afar. Thanks, mom and dad, for supporting me 100%. Thank you friends and family for all the money and help- it is so appreciated and I think it was put to wonderful use! =)
And thank you, Jeremy, for being the pain in my ass that kept me going every single day ;). I love you and I love that we shared this adventure together. We will forever have those memories, inside jokes, and special moments and no one can take that away from us! Thank you for being my companion and for putting up with me. It's something that most people couldn't do!
I started this blog, and this journey, with a lot of quotes by other people about travel. So now I'm adding my own to the list. I've been working on this for a while, and it may not be profound, but I think it's completely true.
Traveling for a significant length of time is stressful a lot of the time, miserable sometimes, but absolute bliss on those rare occasions that make it completely worth it.
I hope you go on your own adventure, and send me the blog link!
I can't believe it's over. It feels like a dream. Now on with real life, right back where I belong.