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Ending of a Chapter

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It’s the middle of the night here in Australia, and even though I’ve adjusted to the time change a while back, I still find myself awake some nights.  Usually nights when I’m stressed.

My time here in Australia will be ending soon – at the end this month to be exact.

I’m torn about it.  I love this country, even more than I expected to, but I do miss home.

I miss being able to call my siblings the second I need them.

I miss my friends and being able to talk to them whenever.

I miss my English teacher.

I miss my brother Scotty using me as a stand in to rehearse his lines for plays.

I miss running my book club at school.

At the same time, I’ve gotten to do some cool things here in Australia and I’ve met great people.

I explored some caves.

I saw geysers up close.

I held a koala bear.

I scuba-dived in the Great Barrier Reef.

I made three close friends from other countries – Lars (Australia), Ella (Finland) and Alek (Norway).

I’ll be sad to be apart from my new friends, but that’s the good thing about social media and especially Skype… I can stay in touch with them easily.  I’m excited to see my siblings in person though.  I’ll be staying with one of my sisters for most of the summer, like I did last year, but I’ll probably be visiting two of my brothers in a different state before school starts up again.

Despite the fact I love Australia and being an exchange student, I want to spend my senior year at home.  Well, boarding school, but it’s basically been home to me since I was a freshman.  I want to be able to pass off my book club to a deserving underclassman, play on the tennis team and do all the usual senior year activities with my friends.  There will be time to travel after I graduate.

I might even study abroad in college.

I’m so grateful to have had this opportunity and you can bet this will be a great chapter my memoir.

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I’ve been feeling a bit homesick lately.

It’s not that I’m not enjoying Australia, I really am.  I love it here.  In fact, this experience makes me want to travel more and see new places.

But I miss my family.


I guess growing up with 8 siblings and a lot of cousins being around on a consistent basis can really have an impact on one’s life.  You get used to them always being around, then you move away and they’re suddenly not there with you.

Going to boarding school was different because I had at least one of my brothers with me.  He was just across the room so if I needed him I could throw a pillow at him and talk to him.  I know my family is just a phone call or video chat away now, but at the same time they’re not because the time difference is huge.

I have just about two months left of my exchange student program, so I will be going home soon.  I intend on enjoying every moment that I’m here in Australia, but I’m also counting down the days that I’ll be able to hug my siblings and talk to them face-to-face.

Those are my thoughts for today… at 2am.

Have a great day everyone, no matter what part of the world you’re in!

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Going Back to the Roots

In response to Tourist Trap on The Daily Post.

It’s pretty simple to just look up our ancestry nowadays.  Just a few clicks of a button on some website, or have someone do it for you, and there you have it… your family tree.

I don’t know too much about my family history, but I do know that somewhere down that line on my dad’s side that my family comes from Scotland and somewhere from my mom’s side we hail from England.  Either way you put it, we’re from the United Kingdom.  European blood.

It’s one thing to know where you come from, but it’s different to really know the place you’re from… as in know the land.  One thing that is on my bucket list is to visit both Scotland and England in the regions where my family comes from.  I’ll have to do some research to find out exactly where though.  I just have this passion to visit the land where my great-great-great (maybe throw another great in there) grandparents actually lived their lives.  Though I won’t be able to see exactly what they saw, since I know hundreds of years makes a difference in the land, just being in the areas they lived would make me feel a little closer to them.

Whether I visit those places this summer or 20 years from now, I want to do it.  I just want to have that sense of being in the land of where my family comes from.  Heck, if I trace back far enough, I’m sure I’ll have other countries to visit at some point in my future.

As much as I love reading, I’d much rather experience these places I hear about.

Scotland and England are just the beginning.

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