After a week home, I have had a chance to recuperate and catch up on a bit of sleep (then again, can any of us ever be totally caught up on the ‘ole zzz’s?). When people ask about the trip, the first thing that comes to mind is… the food. Does that even surprise you? I just can’t get over the fact that I really didn’t have a bad meal in either Italy or Ireland. Okay, though, enough on food. Here are the final catch-ups from Dublin!
Hairspray! Why not end the entire adventure with musical theater?! After all, that is the reason why I travelled to Europe in the first place, right? :)
The travel home was a bit chaotic- we planned for 3 1/2 hours before the flight, and good thing we did… we were the LAST ones to board the plane (and not because we just waited patiently in line for all to board first). The following are some reasons for the chaos: lost passport, extra security because we switched suitcases among the 5 of us, US Customs in Ireland (who knew?), one breakfast shop for an entire terminal (i.e. a 40 min wait for a muffin and an incredible smoothie drink), and a lost suitcase. Phew. Nevertheless, we MADE IT HOME!
Overall, this trip was such a blessing. If you haven’t been with me throughout the audition/decision process, let me just tell you- it was a stressor. I honestly could NOT decide whether or not I wanted to go. I recognize that I am an indecisive person, but seriously, this was a bit overboard.
As fate would have it, I went. And I am so grateful. I was able to meet amazing people, get the BEST vocal/performance instruction I have ever received, eat incredible food, spend precious time with my family, and see some of the Lord’s most magnificent creations. No matter what we do, He uses our experiences to teach us lessons about His abounding and promising love, and I surely learned some important lessons.
When we travel, we not only get to see the different ways others live their lives on a daily basis, but we also get to see that no matter where we go, humans are linked by the same breath, spirit, sky, and God. In essence, we share a humanness. And while our differences may separate us for a time, at the end of the day, we cannot be completely separated. The things that make me smile also make her smile in Killarney. And the things that make me belly-laugh also make him belly-laugh in Arezzo. I like that.
So, here’s to travel, to humility, to utter gratitude, to awe, to similarities, to differences, to excitement, and to new adventures.
And here’s to the hope that I will once again return to this entrancing part of the world, as the the bronze Porcellino (Italian “piglet”) promises simply with a rubbing of its nose.
Thank you, everyone, for your support and encouragement. I appreciate you following alongside me on this glorious adventure!
Until next time. Ciao!