Have you ever had to go onstage to sing, play piano, perform, etc.? Or maybe you’re more familiar with the adrenaline rush that comes just before the big game?
Imagine that feeling amplified approximately 25 times. That’s how I’m feeling about my upcoming semester to Salzburg, Austria. There are so many emotions associated with this trip.
There is sadness because I’m leaving my family, friends, and comfort zone behind. This includes my brother who will be leaving for the Navy in March, my nephews who will probably seem 6 feet taller by the time I come back, and the countless friends who make up my second family. Unfortunately, no one is putting their life on hold just because I am leaving.
There is lots of nervousness about living in Austria. Fun fact: they speak German there. I took 5 years of Spanish. I also will be relying on public transportation; needless to say public transportation was not a choice in Wardsville, MO population 800. On top of that, I have no idea who my roommate is. I requested an American roommate but there are no guarantees and I won’t find out until I’m on the bus heading to Salzburg. Another top worry: all my stuff for the whole semester has to fit into a 50 POUND SUITCASE. Just one. Holy cow. I hope my fellow students are prepared to see me wearing the same outfit all. the. time.
Above all, there is excitement. I would be crazy to not be beside myself with excitement! Myself and the majority of the other students studying in Austria have been in touch for a while now on a Facebook group. They all seem like awesome people and I’m so excited to finally meet them in person! There will be many weekends spent traveling throughout Europe. The list of countries and cities I want to see is a mile long and I want to take every opportunity I can to travel. I’ve always dreamt of traveling Europe and it really is happening! I’m also just excited to try something new. I’ve always lived in a little Midwest bubble (not that the Midwest isn’t a great place!) and I’m ready to go and see and do. I’m so ready for whatever Europe throws at me.
Throughout my trip, I’ll be blogging here (hopefully) a few times a week. I realize that originally this was supposed to be a cooking blog but that obviously didn’t go so well. I’m hoping to get back into that when I return to the states. Until then, I’ll be sharing my pictures and adventures so if you’re interested to see what I’m up to, check back here! It’s also on my to-do list to make a fairly detailed post about what I’m packing, how I’m fitting it in my suitcase, etc. so that hopefully this blog can be helpful to other students wanting to study abroad!
T minus 9 days! It’s coming up fast 🙂