What a successful travel weekend!! This has by far been my favorite, I think because it had the perfect combination of place, meaning, nature, city, history, relaxation, nice and memorable Airbnb, and exploration/exercise. I loved everything about it, and I stand by it: Heidelberg is my new favorite place in the world. I acted like a child leaving today because I didn’t want to go and I was so sad this perfect weekend is coming to an end. But, I know there’s much more life to live and I learned a lot from this weekend that I can take with me moving forward.

First, I learned that Heidelberg exists. That there is a place in this world that makes me feel this combination of happiness and peace. I was even happy just to breathe there because the air is so nice. Knowing that there is somewhere out there that feels this special to me is comforting and exciting, and the fact that it is special for my family too is a bonus.

Second, I got a much needed break from stress and overthinking. This trip reminded me to live in the moment, not to overthink, and to just be. I wasn’t worried about my exams or anything else, really. And it feels amazing. I’m reminded that I’m in control of my thoughts and mindsets, and that being present and not worried is always better than the alternative.

Today I woke up, repacked my bag, tidied up the room I wish could permanently be mine, and thanked my Airbnb host. Then I went into town for breakfast. To kill time, I ended up having two breakfasts, judge me if you want to but they were great. The first was an herb omelette with mushrooms and a bread basket. The second was a latte and cinnamon roll at the fanciest Starbucks I’ve ever been to. Then, I walked through the old town one last time and on to the bus station. I stopped in a book store to look for another book in English since I’m almost done with the one I got from the concentration camp. A very particular friend will be proud, I decided to get The Handmaid’s Tale. I’m already a third of the way through it; it’s so good! From there I took the bus to Frankfurt Airport, the plane to Madrid which landed almost an hour late, and now I’m on my way to the Madrid Train Station to find my way back to Salamanca. I’m realizing just how little time is left of my trip abroad, and I’m determined to focus more on the positive, to be in the moment, and enjoy what I’ve got left. Until tomorrow!

//I would like to take a second and acknowledge that I am living my childhood dream. To be a traveler, an explorer, to go on all kinds of journeys and not let anything get in my way. To read on travels and eat lots of sweets and good food. To see beautiful things. This is exactly what I wanted to do when I was younger. This has always been a part of me since I was a kid pretending dragons were flying next to the car on the road trip to Grandma and Poppa’s house. That determination, or necessity almost that I felt hiking in the woods in Heidelberg is the same need to explore I used to feel in my neighborhood. I wanted the long walk. I wanted to see the streets I hadn’t been down before. When I got a car I wanted to go further. And I never wanted fear or money or being alone to get in the way of the places I might go. I feel that this is a part of who I am, like it is always supposed to have been a part of my life. Little me would be so excited if she saw what I’ve been doing for the past few months, especially these solo adventures.

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