In exactly 14 hours, I will be boarding a plane to go back home. I feel like I am in a state of shock right now. Only 14 hours until all of this is over. I hope that I will wake up tomorrow to realize that this was a dream and I still have months and months left here in Paris. How can I leave tomorrow when it seems as though I just got here? It doesn’t feel like I’m going home tomorrow, it feels like I am leaving home. I have become so used to my life here in Paris and my daily routine: my Metro route to school, grabbing a chocolate éclair between classes, near daily trips to our favorite crêperie. I thought studying abroad would feel like a long vacation. I never imagined feeling so at home here. To me, home is all about family. My friends that I have made at IES are like a family to me (sorry that sounds cliché, but its true!) To my fellow IESers, you are all wonderful, beautiful people and thank you for making these past three months so perfect! I wish you all the best of luck in everything you do, and we should start planning a reunion in Paris. Home is about good food and even better memories. This is Paris, so good food here is pretty much a given. I will really miss the boulangeries on every street with all their tempting pastries. Paris isn’t short on memories either. Paris is a crazy, huge city that would take years to see all of. But in the short time that I had, I feel like I saw so much, and loved every minute of it. I have dreamed about living in Paris since I was ten years old. I was worried that Paris wouldn’t live up to all my expectations, eleven years is a loooong time to look forward to something. Now that I have lived here, how could I ever have thought that Paris would disappoint me? Paris is magical. I will never understand someone who doesn’t like Paris. They must not like life, light, love and pastries. Home is where you feel like you belong. Paris is my home; I can’t help but feel that this is where I am meant to be. Now instead of dreaming of Paris, I will be reminiscing. Luckily, you can always find your way back home.
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