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Il luogo del cuore

Filed in Blog, Italy by on May 2, 2013

Well I’m back in Missouri. And of course, everyone asks me how my trip was. And I smile and I say that it was fabulous, amazing, marvelous. And people seem content with that.

I feel, however, that this is completely inadequate. There’s no way I can explain everything I feel about the experience that I had over the past four months in an answer to “How was Italy?” How do I explain that I met people who I will be friends with for life, who I didn’t even know four months ago? How do I explain that Perugia became a home to me maybe even more than Missouri has? How can I express the wonder and awe that I felt to stand in the Colosseum, the streets of Venice, in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius? How do I express how excited I was when I finally had a smooth conversation in Italian?

I know that over time, all of these things will be expressed to the people who care about me. And I’ll probably just have to deal with the people who don’t care to get past that I had a great time and I’ll get past the little lie that I tell when people say I must be so glad to be back home. Perugia (and Italy)┬áhas become il luogo del cuore — “the place of the heart.” And I miss it like crazy, even though it’s barely been a week.

Studying abroad has been the most amazing, fulfilling experience of my life. It was everything I wanted it to be, and probably more. I made new friends, I learned another language, I saw some of the most famous sights and cities in the world. It has changed me, and has given me the motivation to keep pursuing my goals of living and working abroad. If anyone is on the fence about it, don’t be. Go. It’s amazing.

So, until next time. I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts from Perugia, Italy- I know I certainly enjoyed sharing my views from the beautiful city on the hill. Please feel free to contact me with any questions — about studying abroad or Perugia or traveling or anything, really. I’ll be around Mizzou. Ciao ciao, e baci baci!

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  1. Lorna says:

    No one knows what they can do until they try. It may be hard in the days to come to be able to adequately express your feelings but remember YOU SUCCEEDED!! and WOW! WHAT AN EXPERIENCE YOU HAD!!! Thank you for sharing it. I have enjoyed every one of your posts and glorious pictures. Don’t forget about the study abroad photo contest.

    Ciao ciao, e baci bac!!