I am currently writing on the plane from Los Angeles, California to Zurich, Switzerland, where I will take another flight to Florence, Italy.
Like most of the teenage population in my hometown, I always desired to leave the “Bubble” in hopes of new adventures. But as the plane began to take off today, I found myself silently begging the plane to stay on the ground for just a few moments more. I was already homesick.
Today has been unbearable. It has been a difficult, if not the most difficult, experiences of my life. I never realized how hard saying goodbye to my family, friends, and boyfriend could be. Although I never thought people considered me as their own best friend, I truly realized today how much my friends really do love me. My friends even surprised me with a movie documenting their goodbyes that they composed last minute. Even as busy as my friends are with their jobs and cross country practices, they still found the time to at least stop by my house and give me a final hug. My family was wonderful, taking me out to an amazing sushi restaurant for the last dinner and a delicious fish house for lunch today while comforting me that everything would be completely fine.
It was so difficult walking towards the security checkpoint at the airport, leaving my family and boyfriend behind me. My legs were shaking and I felt sick to my stomach. I’ll never forget their loving smiles as they blew me air kisses and waved me goodbye.
This whole past week has been such an incredible yet emotional goodbye.
Or maybe I shouldn’t call it a goodbye. I’m not leaving forever, right? I”ll be back in December.
Although I’m supposed to keep the windows shut right now, I can’t help but occasionally lift it and peer outside. The sky is unbelievably dark, but I can still see the fluffy clouds below me and the shining stars right above the wing. Apparently, we are flying over James Bay in Canada 10667 meters above sea level with a little less than seven hours left on the plane.
No doubt, I am excited to finally arrive in Italy and begin university there, but I am scared because of the uncertainty I feel. This is my first time traveling to Europe where I will live by myself in a town where I know zero people.
My biggest fear is that I will have trouble meeting people and not finding a roommate, as I am arriving one day later than most students. But I’m sure that I will meet incredible new people soon enough.
Off to get some sleep now. I have six hours left on this plane until Zurich and I should get as much rest as possible. Wish me luck getting rest!