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hello stranger.

it's been awhile. i haven't really felt like writing and, let's be honest with each other--we both know i'm really not much of a blogger. But for some reason, sitting here in the library trying desperately to get all my science knowledge sorted for my comprehensive exams with my upcoming recital, presentations, thesis defense, class projects, papers, responsibilities, and triathlon ever present in the back of my mind I couldn't help but feel the need to at least wrap up part of my past life and move on to the one i'm currently living.

This blog was started to let the people i left behind in the States in on my adventures abroad, and while I have a whole 5 week holiday and entire last term of Cambridge that I didn't cover--if you're reading this blog you probably know me personally, and I would love to tell you about my travel stories and last term in person sometime. I went from Romania to Turkey, over to Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Venice, Germany and hit up some old friends in Utrecht. I met amazing people, spent some time in a greek hospital, had every form of identification i had on me stolen, got kicked off a trolley by some old ladies, spent 3 1/2 days with no cash, and no way to get cash . . . oh yes, I have stories galore, and that's just from my 5 week holiday. As for my last term at Cambridge? bittersweet as any glorious memory could ever be. I explored England further, almost went skydiving (made it to the plane and everything--it was just too windy), stayed in an English cottage, had my passport destroyed by a washing machine, got my 3rd passport in 7 months, spent a straight 21 hours on an unforgettable train-ride, broke down in front of my neuro supervisor while taking my final MCQ (those cambridge tests are hard!), and learned quite a bit about myself along the way. Smiles were had, tears were shed, and some memories I'll carry in my heart forever.

My year abroad? epic success. I can honestly say I'm a better person for having had the experiences I did, and I crammed a whole lot of story collecting into those 11 months.

but now i'm back. and, I've been back since mid june 2009. It wasn't the easiest thing in the world, but I'm finally at a point where internally I'm pretty much back to normal, changed for the better.

Obviously this blog is no longer about my time abroad, but i think it's about time I start story collecting on this side of the pond . . . maybe after graduation :-)

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