QUINCEAÑERA EUROPE TRIP

UTTERLY LOST, SOAKED TO THE BONE, AND CLINGING ONTO A DEAD IPHONE, I HAD TO LAUGH. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE THAN FOUR MILES UP AND DOWN BUT IT SEEMED I HAD WALKED THE ENTIRE FOUR PLUS SOME, WITHOUT ANY SIGHT OF 91 WANSTEAD AVENUE. CROUCHING UNDER AN ARCHING WEEPING WILLOW, I ATTEMPTED TO REVIVE MY CELL PHONE. MY NEW ‘MIND THE GAP’ PINS WERE BEGINNING TO RUST FROM THE RAIN AND MY ENTIRE DAY WANDERING THE STREETS OF LONDON HAD BEGUN TO TAKE ITS TOLL ON MY FEET. WITH WHAT SEEMED LIKE AN ACT FROM ABOVE, MY PHONE SPRANG TO LIFE AND LASTED THE ENTIRE PHONE CALL TO MRS. SONIA FOR A RIDE BACK TO THE FLAT. IT SEEMED AS IF TWO-THIRDS OF THE THREE WEEKS BETWEEN THE HAGUE AND LONDON, I WAS GETTING LOST . YET IN BETWEEN BEGGING FOR INSTRUCTIONS AND GETTING SOAKED BY PERILOUS AFTERNOON STORMS, I ENCOUNTERED THE BBC PROMS, DUTCH INDOOR SKIING, JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES, TURKISH OPEN MARKETS, BUILDINGS RIDDLED WITH HISTORY, ENGLISH JAM, AND A PLETHORA OF PEOPLES, ARCHITECTURE, AND OPINIONS WHICH ALL FERMENTED A SEED OF CURIOSITY. RETURNING FROM MY JOURNEY I FELT AS IF I WERE IN AN OLD BILDUNGSROMAN, SURVIVING MY QUINCIÑERA TRIP ALONE ACROSS THE WATERS OF THE ATLANTIC, FINALLY COGNIZANT OF MY PREVIOUS CULTURAL ILLITERACY, AND GLAD TO BE ENLIGHTENED BY MY JOURNEY ACROSS THE ATLANTIC. GOING ABROAD MADE ME APPRECIATIVE OF AMERICA AND WHAT IT OFFERS, AND ADDITIONALLY MADE ME HUNGRY FOR MORE. ALL OF THE EDUCATION ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES HERE AT OU WILL HOPEFULLY QUENCH THAT THIRST A BIT, WITH A SEMESTER AT THE NEVSKY INSTITUTE AND POSSIBLY A SUMMER IN SOUTH KOREA..

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