I have taken the past few weeks to really reflect on what a great trip I had in Europe this summer. To be completely honest, I decided to take this trip, not only because I have some pretty amazing friends, and the best hosts for me, but...
I neededthis trip.
I needed it to keep my mind right. I needed it to keep me sane in my life ahead. I needed this trip to start over.
Being a teacher, I think in academic years, and I had just come off the hardest year of my life. For educators, summer break is a time to reflect, to study up for the year ahead, and to simply recharge from the stresses of having, in some cases, 150+ young lives depending on you for their learning. This summer was meant for much more for me.
I got exactly what I needed. 8 countries in less than a month. Just a few of the highlights. These are all the things that make me feel as lucky as I do. (In no particular order and not a complete list...you'd be here quite a while if I got absolutely everything down.)
Spend quality time with one of my oldest and best friends and his family in one of the most beautiful places I've ever been (Switzerland...incredible).
Get a personal tour of Cambridge University from an old friend that was graduating with his Ph.D. while I was there!
Drink "mass" in Munich in the world's largest and second largest biergartens with another family friend I got to go with me.
Every place I went, I got to completely take it in--forget about everything that was heavy on my shoulders from a trying year and let it go. I fully dumped it all somewhere over the Atlantic from my super nice economy seat on Singapore Airlines.
I did so many things, and didn't make time for blogging as I was going. I have posts planned to go in more detail (especially about Switzerland and Cambridge!!), but this will have to do...for now. I think I wanted to really have these memories all to myself for a while. ;)
I urge you: Get out. Get away. Do something new. The money will come with some proper planning and, maybe, some sacrifice. This trip was WAY cheaper than getting a therapist for an hour or so a week for the last year....and soooo much better. Better with good friends too--new and old.
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