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I Left My Heart Abroad


As I sit here drinking an evening coffee (I’ve only had two today that’s good for me!) I find myself reflecting on this past week and weird I feel. You see on Monday I returned from 3 weeks in Romania. Sibiu, Romania to be exact. It is located in the region of Transylvania (think Dracula). I went there for a study abroad session for my Master’s Program. I love to travel and while I knew I’d enjoy myself I never imagined that in such a short time I would fall in love. I fell in love with the city, the people, the history and the atmosphere.

This was the first time in over 10 years that I’d traveled to Europe. This was the first time I really got to immerse myself with the locals. The city has a medieval Gothic flair to it which I truly love. The people were so friendly and welcoming. I got to know some of the Romanian students well and wish I could have spent more time with them. I can’t explain fully how I feel but it’s as if a piece of heart was left behind in that city. I cried at the airport when they dropped me off. I truly didn’t want to come home.

It went by entirely too fast. I consider myself extremely lucky to have had this experience and am grateful to have made the new friends that I have. It’s been almost a week and I still miss them terribly. I hope that one day preferably soon that I can go back and spend more time with them and explore this new country that I have come to cherish. I find myself feeling incomplete now that I’m back home and wonder at how long this feeling will last or if it’s here to stay. I love my home and friends, my family but I have found a place that speaks to my soul as cliché as that sound. It gave me such a different perspective on life. I encourage everyone to travel abroad in their life and to experience everything that you can. Life is short and we only get one chance at it.