August 1, 2012

My body is here but my mind is in Europe

Today I have been planning out where I'd like to travel to when I am back in Europe.
Checking out ticket prices, scanning through pictures on google,
and most importantly figuring out how I need to control my money in Rome
to be able to make these trips happen.

Because the truth is, though I have been lucky enough to see a lot of the world,
I don't have a tree that grows dollar bills (or in my case euros).
I have to start saving money waay ahead of time,
and find the cheapest flight and the cheapest pension out there. Then I pounce!

I also happen to go to an Italian school (not an American school like many expats in Rome)
So my annual tuition is surprisingly affordable.
Teaching English lessons every week also leaves me with a little extra spending money.
I am not one  to buy expensive bags and shoes (I buy my Marc Jacobs on eBay)
All of my money is for travel.

And so after being home in Philadelphia for a month, I am already thinking and planning where I will go this coming year.
Beyond next June, my path is fairly uncertain, which is nerve racking and exciting at the same time.
Will I be coming to America and starting a job in DC, will I get an internship in Atlanta as a photojournalist?
Or will I stay in Europe?

I wish I knew for sure but as of right now, all I can do is do my best in school, work as hard as I can at the UNESCO internship,
And use long weekends to see as much more as I can of this beautiful world!
I am very much a city girl, but I am feeling like a want these next travels to be spent more in countryside
Discovering the natural beauties of Europe.

The only place I know for certain that I will be going is Kilarney Ireland, for two weeks in September, to visit my godparents.
After that who knows, but hopefully I'll be spending the next few months in some of these beautiful places...

I'm reaching for the stars here
lucky for me in Italy the stars don't seem so far away.

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