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For someone who is so happy to be home, I sure haven’t stopped talking about being abroad have I? While I may not miss being in Europe, I do still want to remember the moments. And by following me anywhere online (or by knowing me in person) you know how obsessed with taking photos I am.
I did share a lot of my photos in travel diaries and study abroad updates, but nowhere near the number of photos I took. Honestly, I have hundreds of photos I still haven’t edited, but I did comb through to make sure I had all my favorites out and ready to be posted and printed! Because yes, I am making a study abroad photo album!
More on that later though, for now here are all my favorite photos from Europe ordered by country and city.
I’ve been home for about two and a half weeks now. The never-ending, “Tell me about Scotland,” “What was your favorite place?” and “Do you miss it?” have finally ended. But that also means the whirlwind of settling in and being back home is gone. I’m finally all settled and back at work and in my normal summer routine again just like every other person I know who studied abroad last semester. There’s just one difference, I don’t miss it like they do.
In the past few days, I’ve seen so many people post photos or snaps with captions saying things like, “Missing this place.” And that’s just not me. Like I have hundreds of photos I could still post on my Instagram from Europe, but I don’t want to because I don’t have any good captions for them, and I don’t want to lie and say that I miss it. Because I don’t.
I think I’m the only person I’ve known who has ever study abroad and not missed it. But I think my experience was a lot different than a lot of people’s. Either that or everyone is lying about how much they loved to study abroad (post on this coming soon). Maybe I’m the only weirdo who had a hard time adjusting to being back in my homeland, or maybe everyone else is romanticizing the experience too much. I don’t want to say too much about it now, but it had to be said to preface this post.
Basically, I want to share the hard parts about coming home after studying abroad. Because life doesn’t just go back to the way it was when you left five months ago. At least, that’s not what happened for me.
Maybe I had unusually harder than other people, but that means I can help other people who find the adjustment back hard, too. And help open people’s eyes about how to treat students who just got home from studying abroad if they’ve never experienced it themselves.
Normal No Longer Exists
While I was abroad I compared everything to the states. It was the only normal I knew. Driving on the left was wrong. Driving on the right was normal. Then I came home and accidentally drove done a small street on the left.
Almost everything that was different to me there, became my new normal, so coming home felt wrong. It felt weird. Like I was driving home from work on evening, a road I drove every week before I left for Europe, and it felt wrong. Being up high on the freeway and seeing hills of trees all around and huge trucks and the sun beating down so hard. It used to be normal, nothing I would even bother to think about, but suddenly everything I once was so accustomed to was making me feel like an outsider in my own country. Read more…
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First outfit post coming at ya from back in the States!! Also, I will never not be able to stop saying the States, instead of America. Europe changed me. I also can’t stand saying soccer anymore. It’s football to me now. And toilet, not bathroom. Life changing things you guys.
Anyway, today I’m sharing a nice little office outfit! I bought this striped skirt specifically to wear for my summer internship. I saw it at Monki (a European chain) and thought about it for a whole month before going back and buying it the literal day before I left Scotland. It’s just ultimate grown-up vibes ya know?
The skirt reminds me of that old Disney Channel movie My Date with the President’s Daughter, too. No idea why though because I’m pretty sure she never wears anything like this in the whole movie.
I was also wearing red lipstick, but it got all messed up at lunch because I caved and ordered a veggie burger. It was worth it though. Oh, and did anyone else know that cleansing water is literally the ultimate secret to removing red lipstick without looking like the Joker? I was shook. And I never say that.
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