In one month, February 2nd to be exact, a full year will have passed since my plane landed at Václav Havel airport in Prague, Czech Republic. 365 days will stand between me and my tearful goodbye from a city I called home for four months during my study abroad adventure.
My heart aches just thinking about it.
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Now that it’s 2016, I’m embracing that “new year, new me” bullshit and tackling the last of the blog posts I have to write about my European adventures. They say you shouldn’t live in the past, but this feeling of nostalgia I have for the continent I fell in love with has propelled me into the new year. I’m much more grateful for this past year than any other ones before it.
My gratitude for 2015 not only stems from the fact that I was able to visit 10 countries while living abroad, but it resides in the friendships I forged with my four roommates. Our randomly assigned living arrangement worked out unbelievably well. We rode the Prague trams to class together, went out and danced until 5am together, and even traveled together.
And let me tell you. Nothing bonds individuals better than traveling together.
My journey to Berlin, Germany in April of last year (it’s still weird to think that much time has passed) is a prime example of the bond that can form when you’re thrown into a both a new city and a new country at the same time.
My roommate and I bought two round-trip bus tickets to Berlin for a long weekend, and what unfolded were four days of exploration, conversations, and laughter.
So let this post of photos taken of historically-rich Berlin serve as a virtual thank-you card to my roommate and now close friend Jordan for the unforgettable adventure.
Months after I returned home and was still on a high from my study abroad experience, I discovered this music video that brought me right back to that weekend in April spent exploring the city of Berlin.
I’d be lying if I said my eyes didn’t well up with tears as I relived the trip through the scenes of Berlin in the video. If you’ve ever been to the city, you’ll understand the nostalgia that it conjured up.
If you’re looking for a new destination to travel to in the new year, make it the city of Berlin. You won’t be disappointed.