Bittersweet Ending

Trip Start May 16, 2013
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Trip End May 31, 2013


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Friday, May 31, 2013

The time is now 3:30 am here in Regello. Our institute has sadly come to an end. We are about to load the bus and make the 3 hour drive into Rome so that we can catch our flights back to the U.S. Some of us are returning home while others are continuing on a separate journey to other places in Europe. There have been some tears shed but that is to be expected when you experience something so amazing. Most of us know that there are some people who we will never see again after this and some of us plan on getting together in the future. Either way, saying goodbye is never easy to do. There were lots of laughs and good times here. Honestly, in American culture, we are always on the move whether its work, school, going out with friends, etc. we are always on the go. We rarely make time to reflect and/or just enjoy the moments that are given to us. Italy has taught me how to slow down and take in everything this beautiful world has to offer. The views here in Italy make you stop and admire them. I am not used to seeing these type of views in Birmingham, so while I was here, I wanted to capture every moment and embed them into memory. From nature to man made sculptures, everything around me glow with beauty. Every city we have visited had something different to offer but all of them had one thing in common...beautiful architecture!  
As much as I loved every moment with this group, I do miss home. Yesterday we travelled to Florence to finish some last minute shopping. I also visited the Medici tombs. The Medici family actually built this place for them to worship and obviously to become a memorial. There were also other works of Michelangelo in the museum. The hills, outstanding views, splendid architecture, and rich history will definitely be missed. The relationships and bonds that were formed here made this trip even more worth while. No matter what your profession, I recommend  participation in a study abroad program. Dr. Paul was an amazing host and tour guide and the professors who travelled here with us never missed out on teachable moments. Whether we were in seminar or on day trips, we were always learning something new. As much as I hope everyone has enjoyed keeping up with my blogs, this experience can only be completely understood by your own participation. I am leaving Casa Cares and Italy with new friendships, new experiences, a new understanding of a foreign culture, and a new appreciation for the career I have chosen.
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