It’s a simple question. Sometimes asked out of curiosity, sometimes just plain courtesy. But since my return, I’ve heard this question more times than I’ve eaten pasta in the past two months. After a lot of trial and error, I still don’t have an appropriate answer.
But I will tell you this: It’s not about the places. It’s not about taking a picture of an important monument or gawking at a masterpiece in a museum, either. While all of those things are wonderful, and I have been incredibly lucky to admire some of the finest history this world’s got to offer in some of its most enchanting cities, I’ve realized there’s something actually greater than all of that.
It’s about meeting the sort of people that you never expected to cross paths with, but then not imagining your life without having met them. The kind of people that reinvigorate your appetite for conversation and reinvent your definition of friendship. The kind of people that you can’t stop thinking about on the flight back home.
These sort of life changing experiences are rare. But even more rare? Having the opportunity to share them with your best friends. After having spent nearly every waking moment next to Deborah and Lisa, it’s safe to say we talked about it all (just to reassure ourselves it was really happening). But on the flight home, there was one feeling none of us could put into words. So instead, we just shared a smile and exchanged the kind of glances that said more than a 9 hour conversation ever could. Deborah and Lisa, thank you for allowing me to binge on Piu Gusto chips as frequently as I desired. Sharing these experiences with the two of you was priceless. We’re locked.
The concept of travel is easy. You book a flight. Reserve a hotel. Follow the handy guidebook and take a few hundred photos. But to truly travel means not only to physically move from one location to the other. It means to remember to pack your toothbrush and leave behind your inhibitions.
“So how was it?”
I still can’t answer that, except that, well, I wish you could have been there.
And once again, thank you International Student – the opportunities you are providing for students are absolutely invaluable (you’ve gained a lifetime walking billboard). It also seems my video making skills have improved since once-upon-a-few-months-ago:
PS: Always remember… chi non risica, non rosica