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The day after tomorrow

"Buona fortuna!"

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So if anyone has seen my beautifully color coded schedule of my last two weeks here in Illinois, you know that I've been extremely busy lately. Between all of the starbucks drinks, lunch dates, and late night phone conversations, I've actually managed to say goodbye to the Illinois crew.
I drastically underestimated how hard it would be to say goodbye to all these people who I love. When I left for DC, I was saying my goodbyes thinking that I would be coming back and living in Illinois again after six months. But now I'm saying things like " I'll be seeing you this winter break" or " Next summer we're definitely hanging out" - and amidst all of the words to describe leaving to go live in another country, "easy" is definitely not one of them. It's not that I anticipated this whole new adventure or saying goodbye to my closest family and friends to be easy, but I never thought it would be so unbelieveably hard.
So right now I'm sitting at my desk, with stacks of college view books to my right, and a book to my left titled " Just enough Italian- How to get by and be easily understood." My suitcase still remains unpacked ( however I have progressed to now have my clothes folded in neat piles), and I'm making a to-do list of the fifty billion things that I need to do tomorrow before I leave. And no, its not color coded.
Today I saw a commerical on tv for pasta. The characters in the commerical were sitting at a large dining room table eating ridiculous amounts of the " best pasta on the planet". The funny thing is that pretty soon Italy won't just be a country on a map,where my favorite shoes came from, or the origin of my favorite food. Its going to be where I live.
Even though these are the hardest goodbyes I've had to say, I know that this will be an amazing adventure for me. To say that I'm excited doesn't even begin to describe how thrilled I am to have this opportunity. I'm blessed with the most incredile people as my family and friends. Today as I was saying goodbye to my huge, crazy family, many of them said that they can't wait to hear all of my new stories.
So thanks for the cards, gifts, wishes, kisses, and hugs. Come next May I'll be back with not only knowledge of what the best pasta truly is, but with thousands of interesting stories from my Italian senior year.
Love Jenna

" Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart"- Confucius

Posted by Jenna M 20:34 Archived in USA

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Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.

Miriam Beard

Good luck Jenna!!!

I'll miss you tons

by jmill1211

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