On the way back home, Brooke, Ali, Mike, and I had the same flight. Thankfully, we got to sleep in – we had to be at the airport at 11:00 am. An RIT bus picked us up from our hotel and took us through the airport. The flight from Zagreb to Munich, Germany was a breeze: no delays or anything. However, the plane did come in later than expected and our connecting flight from Munich to Washington D.C. started boarding while we were still on the flight. The group somehow got separated and I had to run from one terminal to the other all the way on the other side of the airport. I got there just in time and luckily so did the others. My 9 hour flight was actually pretty great; there were no screaming babies.
When we arrived in Washington Dulles it was pouring and we got soaked getting on our last plane. The guy sitting next to me on the flight was actually really nice and we talked the entire flight. His name was Alec and he just graduated from Michigan State. We chatted about our study abroad experiences (he went to Germany a couple years ago). I reached the Rochester airport late at night; Philip picked me up around 11:45 pm.
Overall, my study abroad experience was amazing and I’m so glad I did it. Learning about the Croatian culture, going to the national parks, and drinking and eating local foods was an unbelievable opportunity. I would definitely recommend traveling to Croatia and just going abroad in general.
I’d would also like to thank you all for being a part of my once in a lifetime adventure. Although they were a pain in the ass, I genuinely am glad I did these blogs. Now I get to look back years from now and reminisce.
At the pre-departure meeting, my advisor said that studying abroad would be a life-changing experience and I would grow as a person immensely. Although at the time I thought what she said was complete and utter bullshit, after being in Europe for a month I wholeheartedly agree with her. Being away from the people and places you love make you appreciate them a lot more. Don’t take what you have for granted because we are all so incredibly blessed.