I meant to write this post earlier, but with the end of my semester and final exams, as well as traveling to Germany for Christmas and then home to the United States, it has been a crazy couple of weeks! It still hasn’t sunk in that I’m back home yet. Now that the jet lag is almost gone and the holidays are over, things seem to be returning to a routine again. While I don’t have to go back to school for another couple of weeks, I’m looking forward to being busy again! I’m going to do a recap of my last few weeks in Amsterdam as well as what it has been like the first few days back at home!
After our trip to Paris, I spent the weekend in Copenhagen with family. My older sister studied abroad in Copenhagen her junior year and I was excited to see the city as it was clear she loved her time there! Although it was a short trip, I was able to get into the city center but more importantly spend time with family that I don’t get to see often!
When I returned to Amsterdam, the following weeks were filled with studying and finishing up my last few classes. I couldn’t believe that I only had one more weekend in Amsterdam!
I had two exams this period, and the last was on the morning of December 23rd. Following my exam, I headed home to pack and went to the airport to fly to Hamburg for Christmas! This was my first Christmas away from home and I had been a bit sad about missing all of my favorite Christmas traditions and celebrating with my own family. However, it was the best first Christmas away from home I could have asked for! Lots of amazing food, wonderful company and a lot of laughs.
All too soon it was time for me to fly back to Amsterdam and finish packing up to head home. It didn’t really hit me that I was flying back to the United States until I stepped off the plane in Philadelphia. At that point, I was so tired from traveling and the whirlwind of the last few days that I was so ready to be home. The whole fam was there to greet me at the airport and it felt like it had been just days since we’d last seen one another. The following days involved belated Christmas celebrations, lots of naps and family time. Even though I wasn’t home for the holidays, it was still a wonderful Christmas season and I felt like I got double the celebrations (which is never a bad thing!)
I know mama was happy to have all three of her babies home for a few days at least, and it sure was fun for the three of us to be together again!
I will do a more in depth post about my favorite things about Amsterdam, my favorite trip of the semester and general things about studying abroad. For now, I’m enjoying being home and sleeping in my own bed!