Well I’m finally home and settled.
I’ve been at school for a couple months now, and everything seems about the same as when I left. It almost feels like the whole time I was in Amsterdam I was just dreaming. It was all one long dream and almost as if it never happened. I think mainly because it isn’t possible to see the people I saw everyday anymore, it isn’t possible to go to the places I went everyday, and no one back home can relate to my time over there except my roommate Pete. Luckily Pete was there on most of the adventures so he and I reminisce.
Although it seemed like a dream that came and went, I’ll never forget my time in Amsterdam though. Everyone always asks me, “How was it?!” All I can tell them are some of the stories or some of the details or about some of my friends. They can’t completely understand though because they weren’t there. But I do always tell the people who ask that it was an amazing time and that I got to meet some amazing people and travel to some amazing places. Each of which is 100% true.
The experience changed my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined. It gave me a different outlook on the world and the people living in it. It taught me that no matter where you go, you can find similarities between yourself and the people there. It taught me not to jump to conclusions about “what you already know” because you probably don’t actually know and you’ll feel stupid when you’re proven wrong.
I met some of the most amazing people ever while on my trip. Each and every one of my friends while I was over there will remain in my memories for the rest of my life. It truly was because of such great people to spend it with that my study abroad experience was so great. Without the people who made the moments, the experience could’ve been much different. I hope to see each and every one of them again someday, and luckily some of us are reuniting in the summer. We’re all meeting at Sasquatch in WA at the Gorge. If anyone ever reads this, thank you for being a great friend.
Also, I can’t forget the places I visited. Some of these destinations like Prague, Barcelona, Paris, etc. have pumped up the travel bug that was already in me. I feel so grateful to have been able to see such beautiful places. Many people dream about traveling to some these places all of their lives and never get there. It makes me feel lucky to have had the opportunity to try the food and see the sights in all of these great places. And of course I can’t forget the nightlife and the fun times I had with my friends.
I was myself when I was abroad, and in fact maybe more so than I’ve ever been without all sorts of environmental factors. I got to learn about what it is that I like and what about me makes me who I am. Coming home a lot of my friends told me they noticed I was different but in a good way. My best friend told me I was different and I asked him, “How?” He said, “I don’t know. You were cool before, but now you’re just cooler.” From his oh-so-eloquent response, I gathered that it was possibly because I was able to talk about almost anything all night when we were hanging out at a bar in my hometown. I attribute this to my time abroad because I was able to talk and relate to people from all over and of all ages. Eventually I had quite a variety of friends that I’ll probably have forever. Though it may be hard to stay in touch, technology can only make it easier and easier.
In as much a happy yet concluding tone as I can express through text, thank you to everyone who made my time abroad such a special time. Know that you contributed to the lifelong story that is Jeremy’s life (yeah 3rd person seemed fitting). Thank you to all the readers of this blog, you kept me writing when I thought it was useless. Now I’ll be so glad for the rest of my life that I have this journal/blog to look back on when I’m thinking about Amsterdam and the friends and fun times I’ll never forget.