I am writing this post from the bus on the way to the month-long language camp in Würzburg. All 50 of us have just touched down in Frankfurt and immediately headed to our next destination. The camp will be held in a hostel (which was a repurposed women's prison, so I'm obviously imagining a very… Continue reading What day is it? (Jet lag is real)
Hello hello. I'm sitting in Central Park with a cup of coffee and a beautiful view of the intricate New York skyline. It's so vaguely familiar. I can't tell if the memories I have here are real or fragments my mind has created out of pictures I've seen. Either way, it feels so good to… Continue reading Central Perks
What a strange moment I’m living in. I’m suspended between a love for comfort and an intense excitement for a new place unknown to me. This limbo warps moments until they blend together; some sprinting and some standing perfectly still. Last night, I had a big going-away party at the local cafe. My band, as… Continue reading Nearing Departure
Last Friday, I participated in Relay for Life, an event I partake in every year with a large group of friends. We sit and talk as the night wears on – hour after hour. Every year, conversations delve deeper, relationships are strengthened, and a feeling of “belonging” is cultivated. This year, I was sitting in… Continue reading Fear of Homesickness/Fear of Never Wanting to Return
When I tell people that I’m going abroad to Germany for a year, they immediately assume I’m going through Rotary or some other independent program. I thought it would be a good idea to explain the program for those who are unfamiliar with it. CBYX stands for Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange and it was founded… Continue reading What is CBYX?