Mission Milan Accomplished

And just like that, 4 months have gone by. I just finished packing and have one more trip left before I am on my way back home. It feels like I’m packing for another weekend excursion but I’m packing to go across the sea back to the United States! In a way, it doesn’t feel like time went by fast at all. It feels like it was such a long time ago when I came to Milan dazed and confused with how to ride the tram lol!

Leaving home was the scariest and hardest thing I’ve ever done. I knew I wanted to travel and explore the world but taking that first leap was so terrifying. I remember the days before leaving I could barely sleep. My heart would start beating out of my chest and stomach would tighten up every time I even thought of being away from everything I knew for an entire 4 months. I did not know what was ahead of me but I am so proud of myself for stepping out on faith and taking the risk any way. I made it.

Being abroad for a longer time period taught me to be more patient with myself. Things came easy to me the first time I went abroad last year in London. Everything was simple. I spoke the language, I was in a group of 20+ people, and I was only away from home for 3 1/2. This time around, I was completely out of my element. Doing simple things, such as buying groceries, intimidated me. I had to give myself time to get used to things and work through my uncomfortableness.

I spent a significant amount of my time here in solitude and there’s nothing wrong with that. I learned to focus on what makes me happy more than moping around. Time goes by even slower when I had negative thoughts. Whether I had one person to hang out with or none, I made the experience worthwhile anyway.

Seeing a new country or city each week never got old. The excitement of visiting new places is so special and it’s what I’ll definitely miss the most. I saw amazing cities with my own eyes! Sagrada Familia, The Colosseum , Duomo di Milano, Acropolis, the pastel cities of Cinque Terre came to life as I saw them with my own two eyes. I feel so blessed to have been able to travel to all of these incredible places. It has literally been my dream to be able to do this. All things are possible

I come back home content. Milan has been my home for the past 4 months and I’ll miss and the bustle of traveling. But I am ready to come back home and prepare for the next thing in my life. While this chapter is coming to an end, a new chapter begins where I know my strength in doing something where I had no idea what the outcome would be. I overcame what I thought was the scariest thing ever and because of this I can look back on my experience whenever I am feeling nervous or anxious to go for an opportunity in the future. It I know that I am capable taking on any challenge now.

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Meeting the Olympians – Athens, Greece

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I have always been a huge fan of Greek mythology movies ever since I could remember. On my 16th birthday, I had a movie outing to see Immortals. And gyros were my first favorite non-American dish. I was so excited to go to the root of all the things I loved about Greece and Greek culture for a couple of days.

First night there, I learned that gyros are called several different names at the restaurants, soulvaki, being the most common. I sure wasn’t let down by the Gyros in Athens seeing as how I ate gyros and fries for every meal from Friday till Sunday. I just couldn’t get enough!

I stayed in a very central location which was walking distance from all of the attractions. The Monastiraki flea ma was market was a vibrant area with the lowest souvenir prices I’ve seen in Europe. Cute and authentic pieces for such low prices.

The most notable attraction was the Acropolis. I was in  awe to look at structures that have been on this earth for thousands of years. I was standing in the midst of the settings of all the iconic Greek mythology films I was amazed by. Not to mention, the Mediterranean sunshine was an amazing dose of vitamin D.

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The Acropolis Museum was actually one of my favorite museums I visited. Their collection was what made it most interesting. In an area of such historical sites, there’s this modern futuristic museum holding all of the most exciting artifacts. I could stay in museums for hours just reading every single description and watching the short films. I like to put myself in the shoes of the people in each historical period.

It was a brief, yet fun-filled weekend trip. My craving for gyros have only magnified ten times more!