an update from america.

17 July 2012

Gelato: none to be found. guess i’ll have to eat chocolate malt crunch from thrifty or get some fro-yo.

I have been back in the US for two weeks now and I think I will ever be in a state of denial that I am back. After an April full of travel, a May full of workshops and final projects, it was all over. June consisted of bumming-it on the couches of my loving cousins in Germany and then a final two weeks of traveling with my mom. I can’t believe how fast the last half of the year flew by. It feels like it was just yesterday I was packing to go to Italy. And rest assured, the last few months will be journaled… eventually.

For now, I am keeping busy with a part-time job, an online class, preparation for next year’s architecture thesis, and catching up on a years worth of news from all of my friends and family. It’s rough work and very time consuming!

Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions I get:

Q: How was it? How was your year in Italy?
A: Amazing. Absolutely Amazing.

Q: How does it feel to be back?
A: Weird. I don’t think it has really hit me. I feel like I am on vacation in America and that I need to get on a plane in a few weeks to head back.

Or

Weird. I feel like I have just woken up from a coma. SLO seems the same, but with small differences. I know that a year has gone by, but I have no memory of it.

Q: Will you go back?
A: Of Course! I love Europe so much! Maybe not Italy right away, but I still have so many more places to visit. I am already starting to dream about/plan my next adventure and I must keep visiting my family there. I have developed such a good relationship with them and I cannot let that disappear.

Q: Can you speak Italian?
A: I can say basic things. I can order food, ask for directions, hold a basic conversation about food. But in no way could I hold a conversation about anything beyond food and the location of something, maybe architecture. “Si. Io parlo un po L’Italiano.”

Q: What was your best meal in Italy?
A: The meal at my Butcher’s restaurant. See The Butcher of Panzano.
This was my favorite meal. I have been twice since and my mouth waters just thinking about it.

Stats:
13 Countries
37.9 GB of photos/videos transferred to my external hard drive
9,829 photos taken
1 changed girl
countless good memories

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