Tomorrow I begin my journey home. I’ll be leaving Valencia for Madrid via the 7:50am train. Once in Madrid, I’ll check into my hotel for the night. I might try to go to the airport to check in early and pick my seats for the flights on Monday.
I’m scheduled to leave Madrid at 12:40pm on Tuesday and get to London by 2:00pm local time (a 5 hour difference from the U.S.’s East Coast). Then by 4:15, the flight from London to Baltimore Washington International should take off, flying for 8 hours and 20 minutes before landing in Baltimore, at around 7:35pm.
Home, sweet, home.
I do feel a bit apprehensive about returning. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been home in nearly 6 months, maybe it’s because there won’t be too much traveling a for a little while and the excitement that comes along with it, or maybe I think I’ve changed a little, but who really knows. I guess it’s like a symptom of reverse culture shock. I hope everything goes well. I’m sure it will, but I’m also sure I’ve changed some what during my time away. Hopefully for the better.
Facts and feelings about my time abroad:
– I will have spent about 175 days out of the country, almost 6 months.
-4 were spent in Ireland, 4 in Morocco, and 8 in Bulgaria, so about 16 or so days out of Spain.
-I now have friends from Estonia, Australia, Spain, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, and others.
-Skype is a lifesaver. I don’t want to think about my time here if I hadn’t been able to call or see loved ones daily.
-I’ve taken over 16,000 photos and 300 movies.
-I’ve taken 12 flights, and 2 more in the next 48 hours.
-Bulgaria was my favorite country, Morocco felt the most exotic, and Ireland felt like home, except for the left-side driving.
-I would bet I heard at least, if not more, fireworks during my time in Valencia, than the whole amount prior.
-Nothing is open on Sundays! Nothing! (OK, maybe some places, but it feels like everything)
-Professors are pretty much hands-off and uninterested. At least the art ones, and at least to the exchange students, who they think (correctly) are only in Valencia to party.
-I’m ready to come home after 6 months. I’m excited to see family and friends and new nieces!
-I’m one lucky guy to have experienced all that I have in the last months. What a time I had! I need to figure out a lifestyle that allows me to continue this.
Hasta luego, España. Hello U.S.A.