Before I got a blog, I wrote a piece that I never published. Right now, I am on a train on my way to the Amalfi Coast reminiscing about how I got to where I am today just like I did a year ago. For me, it’s funny to think about where I am now to where I used to be. Now I am a world traveler who is about to marry her college sweetheart and graduate from college a semester early.
Last spring I got the opportunity to study abroad in Spain for three weeks, Paris for two months, and travel to Scotland and London for a week. This was a big step for me because I was traveling with people who I didn’t know and I was away from the people who knew me best. One of the things that I wanted to do while I was abroad was document my trip with a blog, but I was too afraid to start. Which is completely ridiculous, I know, but I didn’t know how to begin, so I didn’t do anything. Now that I have a blog I want to share with you the post that I never got the opportunity to share.
As my traveling adventures come to an end, I find myself reminiscing on how I am currently sitting on a train traveling from Edinburgh to London. Rewind to the year 2009 where it first began. It all started when I took my very first steps in the beautiful country of Panama. Our translators were Walton scholars who were students at Harding University. This is when I learned about Harding. Since then, these Walton scholars have impacted my life and become some of my very good friends. I can’t be more thankful for their friendships and they will forever have a special place in my heart. Harding has allowed me to dive deeper into my fun adventurous side, make new friends, meet my best friend and his loving family, and allowed me to have many more amazing opportunities. I’m extremely blessed to go to an amazing school with awesome people.
The following two words opened my eyes to new experiences: independent travel. Independent travel allows one to broaden their knowledge and experience of the world in ways that can’t be described. For the first time we were on our own to plan and explore anywhere in the world that we wanted. I got the privilege of visiting Edinburgh, Scotland and London, England. Each city was unique full of fun adventures leading to great stories. The first place I went to was Scotland and it was a peaceful town full of beautiful landscapes and great stories. I loved getting lost in the beauty of Scotland. I could have spent my entire week just hiking around exploring all that it had to offer. The second place that I traveled to was London and when I went it was the Queen’s 90th birthday. I enjoyed walking around the city looking at how the natives celebrated her majesty’s birthday. When I went to Windsor Castle, the Queen’s home, there were British flags hanging from every building and posters with the words “Celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday.” London loves their Queen!
Traveling has allowed me to gain a new passion: photography. I have enjoyed trying to capture the beauty of every place I’ve been. It’s not easy, but it’s a lot of fun. Pictures are worth a thousand words, but physically immersing yourself is priceless. I have loved my trip abroad and I hope others go decide to study abroad because it will change their lives in amazing ways.
After graduation, one of my goals is to learn photography. I think capturing moments are valuable because moments are special and only happen once. When someone can capture a special moment, then they have the ability to share it with others. Studying abroad has opened my eyes to a new world and new passion. I encourage others to either study abroad or go travel on your own because you’ll be amazed at what you will learn when you immerse yourself into another culture.
*All photos taken by Le Petit Traveler