It’s been two and half weeks since I left Italy and returned to the States. Of course, it was great to see friends and family again, but also small things like the chalk drawings at the local Trader Joe’s, clearly marked roads, July 4th fireworks, and the abundance of delicious Taiwanese food, made me incredibly happy to be home.
The past five months in Italy have been an adventure, and it has been such a joy and delight to travel and see new things, but after coming back, I realize that my life abroad can only enhance, broaden, and instruct my life in the States, not replace it. I love the United States, flaws and strengths and joys and all, and I can’t imagine calling any other country my permanent home. I’ll end this blog with a beautiful quote from the street photography blog Humans of New York (another American thing I love!): “I don’t travel because I want to leave my home. I travel because I need to know why I’m staying.”
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