Parting is such sweet sorrow…

Written by Melissa January 1, 2015

Fall 2014 Cimbians


Cinque Terre





I traveled to different countries (seven if you count Vatican City) and explored 26 new places over 3 months.

At the end of my three months in Italy with CIMBA, I had really mixed feelings about going home to the U.S. On one hand, I couldn’t wait to see my mom and spend Christmas with my family. I couldn’t wait to drive my car wherever I wanted and not have to call a cab to get somewhere. I couldn’t wait to eat certain things (the list is long haha). On the other hand, it was the best three months of my life and I was living with some of the best friends I’ve ever had. Leaving there meant the end of that period of my life and the end of my time with all the people I’d grown to love. It helped me to know that there were other people I love waiting for me in the U.S. and that I have 53 new friends living all over the country when I’m home. It also helped me to know that the adventure isn’t over and will never be over because traveling only made my wanderlust so much more intense.

I know that once I’m home, the love affair with travelling won’t be over. In fact, I plan on visiting NYC for the first time next week with my mom for my 21st birthday! I’ll always look back on Italy fondly as my home for three months that I loved so much. In the US, I’ll just continue to look forward to my next great adventure.

My international finance professor, Maria, has been to over 40 countries in her lifetime and she’s still so young. I think I want to have accomplished that someday, but first I’ve decided that I’d like to see more of the United States. It is my home after all.