I’ve been home for two months now and I can’t believe it. I mean, I was just in Freiburg! I still think about how long my strassenbahn commute will be in the morning before I realize I’m back at home and I automatically try to order a Radler whenever I go out (which obviously doesn’t work). Sometimes I feel so homesick for Freiburg I’ll be upset for the rest of the day. It was truly the most AMAZING experience of my life. Not a day goes by that I don’t wish I were back.
I think I’ve changed a lot on a personal level since my study abroad experience. I’ve become so much more self-sufficient. I’m now always the one to take charge with everything because I’m just used to having to do it myself it feels uncomfortable to let others do things for me. For example, a few weekends ago I went with friends to Montreal. I found a place to stay, got directions, drove there, and looked up places to visit and restaurants to go to. I guess I just assumed it wouldn’t get done if I didn’t do it. Before Freiburg, I would probably have delegated a few of those tasks and asked my mom for a second opinion on everything. It feels good to grow up.
During the last week of IES classes we had a discussion about reverse culture shock. A lot of the things we talked about seemed harsh at the time, such as, “No one will be as excited as you about your study abroad.” Unfortunately, it’s true. Your friends do get a little sick of you saying, “FREIBURG IS THE MOST MAGICAL PLACE IN THE WORLD I LOVE IT” three times a day.
I do that.
Thinking back to the most memorable moments… Climbing the Alps in Switzerland and it being so HOT up there! Having a friend’s friend’s car stuck in a field during a snowstorm outside of Munich (I’m looking at you Simone). Everyday taking the strassenbahn because, having grown up without public transportation, it’s basically my version of a baby roller coaster. All the beautiful graffiti. Exploring Ireland. The night train to Amsterdam (why is there always an angry Italian man when you travel?!?!). Having the most French experience EVER in Aix-en-Provence and swimming in the Mediterranean in Cassis. And most of all, JUST LIVING. I really feel like I became a Freiburger.