I will never forget the excitement of today, the adrenalin rush I felt is unparalleled—it must be a symptom of the nasty case of the travel bug I’ve caught. Today’s mix of emotion sent me on a whirlwind that led me here, my top bunk in Lisbon, Portugal. The hostel, the friends I’ve met, the friends I’m with, the tile on the street; have captured me and forever changed my life. I realized today I am a traveler and I never want to stop exploring the world. I only wish everyone was here to share this with me, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to travel this weekend.
Parting with eight best friends for the weekend was more difficult than I anticipated. While we have only known each other for four weeks, we are literally together 24/ 7 so we have become a family rather quickly, making parting ways with our ‘papa John’ and the rest of our family as difficult as saying good-bye to my true family four weeks ago.
We are now scattered across Europe, with John, Adam, Nichelle, and Lauryn in Ireland, Abbey and Laura E. in Italy, and Catherine, Alanna and myself in Portugal; while Katy and Laura F. hold down the fort in Madrid. Although we are apart, we are still on each other’s minds; I’ve said to Catherine and Alanna at least a million times, I wish everyone were here. As we all explore this weekend we are searching for the perfect memento to bring back for our ‘secret traveler.’
Just a quick update from the Lisbon crew.