I feel like this needs to start like I'm writing in someone's year book- where do I begin??
At the beginning of the year, I decided to go to the US of A for a month, followed by (thanks to the lady in the travel agents) a few days in Iceland. Although I was looking forward to seeing friends, I was stressing about money, but this ultimately turned out okay in the end. I went out with only half a plan of what I was doing and where I was going, and I came back, well, not wanting to come back.
RTX and my time in Austin went by like a whirlwind. I genuinely struggle to recall some of it without looking at photographs. I had such an amazing time, as usual, got to see all of my favourite people whilst also making new friends, and overcame a few obstacles along the way. I didn't take many photos, which I like to think is me "living in the moment". In terms of RTX, I had my fair share of worries after my personal experience of last year, but everything proved me wrong and I fully enjoyed everything I did. No need to worry, Charlotte!
I went on from Austin to a few places: Mobile AL, New Orleans LA, and NYC. I got to explore new places, learn exciting things, and just generally had a lot of fun. It also gave me time to relax which was greatly needed! I spent my time in these places with friends old and new, and I can not thank them enough for their hospitality. A massive shout out to Aaron and Erin for letting me live with them for 2 and a bit weeks and for looking after me. I am so, so grateful to the point that my tired and sombre brain will quite gladly shed a wee tear. I could not ask for greater people to share my time with, and I look forward to gatecrashing your place again next year
As always, I have been hit with a major case of the blues since being back, probably more so this year than any other. It comes in waves, and as I sit here now I can feel one crashing down on me. I have created so many amazing memories with the people I love, I find myself wanting to rewind and pause at different moments. A few people know that I'm feeling lost at the moment in my day to day life (apologies to those people for the repeated conversations as I try and straighten out my mind!), so adding this on top is really not helping.
Basically, what I'm trying to say is thank you to everyone for one of the best summers, and I'll see you next year (or sooner for the lucky few!).