Thursday, January 3, 2013

How time has flown!

Wow, it's my last month here and I cannot explain to you how time has FLOWN !

Things here are truly incredible. I am so happy over here and I can say that it is one of the best experiences of my life. I never realized how closed my perspectives were about culture before I arrived here! Since I have been living in Lithuania I have also traveled to:

Baltic Sea (swam here in the freezing water, amazing time with forests so tall that it takes your breath away)
Riga, capital of Latvia
Tallinn, capital of Estonia
Warsaw, Poland
Lugano, Switzerland
Milan, Northern Italy
Vienna, Austria
Salzburg, Austria
Budwies, Czech Republic (home of the original Budweiser beer, 13th Century)
Paris, France
Munich, Germany
the Free State of Bavaria, Bavarian Alps, Germany

I have also made some incredible friends from Naples, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, France, and Udine!
I have had some ups and downs however, I lost my laptop, it crashed, and unfortunately it had all my journal entries from the last few months here as well as a lot of pictures I had taken, so that really was hard on me, but I am still thankful for my experience over I here. 
I have been so inspired by my time over here in Vilnius that I think I will try and do more international traveling in 2013. I have already gotten some great websites about international work opportunities for people who want to travel/live in different countries. 
Honestly for me, missing family hasn't been an issue. I have been to busy here trying to make the most of my time because i know time is limited here. I dont know how I will handle having to leave all of my friends behind in a month. I don't  want to think about it. All I know is that I am a changed person because of this experience. I feel so much more independent than i used to be. I have more confidence in myself to do the things that I want to do.