The weather has finally shown us what winter in Illinois is all about. And I remembered that this week was also about the time that I was meeting my travel companions for the first time. The semester is almost over, and so is this 2008 year. Let me say that I look forward to those last few weeks. But, looking back, I honestly could not have planned a better year for myself, excluding the year’s exit celebrations. I say planned because this was definitely a year of somewhat spontaneous firsts that were very rewarding (not something that is very characteristic of me).
I started out the first minutes of 2008 with classmates in the modern square overlooking the Roman Forum…. yeah. Spectacular would describe only half of it. Following that, I traveled abroad twice more in the matter of six months (a feat I can barely comprehend now that I have been stationary for a few months after that). Traveling was really nothing that I ever specifically had planned in advance for my college career, but I got hooked (obviously).
Needless to say, it’s been a year that I need to do a lot more thinking about before I write that year-end wrapup. But I do know that I miss a lot of people I have met in all of this year’s adventures, even more than the remote locations themselves (which is definnitely saying something!). So, let me say Happy Holidays to them. I hope to see you all soon, even if it isn’t in an enchanting foreign country.