I had nothing but pure enjoyment on my study abroad trip. I saw places that I had only ever dreamed of seeing. The memories that were made will not soon be forgotten, and the learning experiences will continue with me where ever I go. It is hard to believe another trip of adventures has come and gone. I learned about places and cultures, but above that, I learned about life and myself.
To think that I have been on two study abroad trips and visited ten countries all together makes me appreciate the beauty and reward of dreaming. I have dreamt of traveling to far-away places for as long as I can remember. Traveling is the best gift I could have been given. It opens the door to many opportunities and is truly my favorite form of education.
While this trip was mostly down to business, we could not go all eighteen days without some fun. It does not take much to tickle me, and with the added slap-happiness, I could start laughing at the drop of a hat. From our bill misunderstanding at the Hard Rock Café in Venice to the escapade of trying to save a dead jellyfish, we laughed until there we had tears running down our cheeks just from day one. The night I got stuck in the shower took the prize for the most memorable night. Thank goodness for frosted glass and my roommate who came to my rescue. Hours went by before we could compose ourselves.
The fun continued all the way to the top of Mount Vesuvius. As I have expressed before, mountain climbing is not my highest skill, yet I was looking forward to adding an active volcano to my climbing resume. It was a gorgeous day, and I am happy I made the journey up. Climbing Mount Vesuvius was far easier than my previous climb. I even climbed in sandals, so if that says anything about the terrain, it was quite possible to persevere through, though, I would have benefitted from wearing tennis shoes. It is so satisfying to conquer something like climbing a mountain.
The fun did not stop there. A day at a pebble beach at Clovina brought us together for what our tour directors called a second breakfast, a relaxing few hours on the beach, and a later lunch. I welcomed the slower-paced days like these. I liked when the entire group of travelers could be together because it gave us a chance to share stories and catch up from where we last saw each other. While some took advantage of being by the water, I sat on the rocks and listened to the waves.
It makes me happy to look through my photos and reminisce about what was captured. Being gone for almost three weeks seemed like it flew by; I could have stayed for three months. I have only covered a small fraction of what I experienced and the fun times keep on rolling beyond the few stories I have shared. As for now, I have to put a closing seal on my latest travel adventure. Until next time, I will keep on dreaming of my future classroom destinations. It is only a matter of time until I give in to the hopes and dreams of my heart of wanderlust.
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