‘It’s Been a Month…’ A Reflection Pt. 1 #ABKintheUK

If I could talk to 8 year old Amber, and 14 year old Amber, I wonder what their reaction would be if I told them I left the country for not three days, not one week, but SIX months!

Today is July 17, 2017, which makes exactly one month since I landed in Newark International Liberty Airport after spending 6 months studying abroad in Canterbury, United Kingdom, and traveling through England and Europe.

I remember almost feeling numb, yet excited to come back home to Brick City. I drank my last Cider(don’t judge)minutes before my early morning bus ride to London Heathrow Airport, not truly realizing I was really leaving what I called home for half the year.

After arriving and checking in, I felt a sense of anxiousness that could almost be disguised as fear. I am still somewhat afraid of flying but I knew there was no other way to go across the pond again. When I finally boarded the plane at 4pm, my heart was like an overheated engine ready to explode. I wish there was an X-ray of my heart when the plane sped down the runway prepared to fly high.

1 minute down, 7 hours and 59 minutes to go.

7 hours and 59 minutes of unbalanced naps, delicious airplane food and drinks, and might I add some of the latest and greatest movies, albums and TV shows all in one personal screen. Shoutout to Virgin Atlantic.

After constantly checking how much longer until we arrived, we finally landed in hot, raining and muggy Newark, New Jersey. I took the cab home and arrived to the Southward knowing I was home, but not really sure if I felt like I was home. I was happy to see my mother, and some friends, but my journey in Europe feels like a cliff hanger, you know…

like a “To be continued” kind of experience.

I was starting to find my Niche. I was making more of the kind of friends I wanted to see. The need to hop on a bus or a train or a plane, was running through my veins. Learning was a 24/7 job for me, there wasn’t a moment where a fun fact or even a lesson was coming my way. And then… I had to leave.

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t reflect on my experience. I am extremely proud of myself for doing something that 14 year old Amber would have never envisioned. From the friends I made, family and friends back home begging me to come back home because of the random terrorists attacks, to getting on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, to learning about currency exchange, seeing the Angel of the North and even visiting the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, I value those experiences, but I dream of doing so much more.

It’s been a month, and I can’t wait to go back.

This will be a multi-part series of my experience while in the United Kingdom and Europe. Keep up to date with my posts by following me here, on Medium and follow me on Instagram @Ladyabk_ ,Peace!

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