Arrivederci! (I’ve Waited a Long Time to Say That)

Ciao,

I’m finally sitting at my gate, and board in 34 minutes (from the time that I’m writing this sentence). I don’t know where the past 5 months have gone since I started planning this trip. Even though I am physically 10 feet away from my gate, this all still does not feel real. I can’t express how excited again, but I’m also incredibly ¬†nervous in the best way possible. I have no idea what the other side of the world holds for me, but I have a good feeling about it. I can sense the love and happiness from my host family, and am SO EXCITED to meet them. All around, my emotions are everywhere right now.

I have to say thank you to the most important people in my life. First, to my grandparents who have pushed me to do this for so long, and putting the dreams of Italy in my head. I can remember hearing stories of their travels to Italy, and learning about my Grampy’s family history, since I was very little. I have dreamed of going to Italy for as long as I can remember, but it would never have even been a dream without them. Second, to my Aunt, Uncle, Mom, and Dad. Thank you for your support and encouragement, and for everything that I can’t even put into words. Thank you to Brad for being the best person ever, and being there to calm me down in my moments of panic. Thank you to Natalie for reminding me that I would regret not doing this, because that is what truly set me over the edge to take the leap of faith. Thank you to my wonderful friends at school that have kept my spirits high through my roller coaster of getting to this point. I’m honestly so overwhelmed right now, so I’m sure that I’m forgetting people.

Once I stop shaking and actually have scenic pictures to share, I’ll be back! This isn’t my most eloquent post, but thank you for reading. Next stop…. Charlotte!

Abby

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