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Filed in Blog, Netherlands by on June 27, 2013
The end

My final days in Maastricht

There are no words to describe my feelings while leaving what had become my home in the Netherlands, and returning to my home in America. It was bittersweet; I had so many things to say goodbye to, yet so many things to be excited about seeing in America.

Cobblestone streets, riding my bike to class everyday, fries that come in a cone and streets lined with outdoor cafes are among the many things I will miss from my adventures in Maastricht. In the past five months I can say that I have met some of the best friends I have ever had, seen some of the most interesting and historical places on Earth, learned more about the world than I had ever expected and survived five months without grocery baggers and Easy Mac! Despite my usual complaints, I might actually miss that heinous shade of  yellow on the inside of a Ryan Air plane, staying in hostels that cost less than my lunch or sleeping on cramped night buses, because along the way I had the time of my life. Of course, I am sad to be leaving the Netherlands behind and will miss Europe more than anything, but I know that my time abroad has opened my eyes to the rest of the world, which I can’t wait to explore.

Experiencing a new culture has truly helped me realize my own. Boarding the plane I felt as if I was on any normal flight in Europe; however, I wasn’t going to Budapest or Rome for the weekend. This time I would not be returning. It didn’t hit me until I arrived in America, everyone speaking the same language, on their cell phones, in a hurry.  I felt like I was in a foreign country; however, I settled in quickly. Nothing says “you’re home” like hopping into the front seat of a car and driving up to a drive thru window to pick up dinner. It was great to be with all of the friends, family and, most importantly, food that I hadn’t seen in five whole months.

I will never forget the people I met abroad (we can thank Skype for that) and I will forever tell stories about “when I was 20 and lived in Europe for five months.” I’m going to miss it more than anything, but I’ll be back! This time with a couch to crash on in every country.

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  1. Elizabeth Bissell Miller, MA, MAT says:

    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Elizabeth Bissell Miller, MA, MAT
    Coordinator of International Communications
    Office of the Vice Provost for International Programs
    University of Missouri, 211 Jesse Hall
    Columbia, Missouri 65211 USA
    573-882-3086

  2. Lorna says:

    I have enjoyed all your blogs and photos. I wish you all the best.