You know how at the end of Lord of the Rings when Frodo just isn’t the same when he comes back to the shire, as if he just doesn’t fit in anymore? Well in a way I feel like Mr. Frodo. There are huge differences between myself and Frodo but I won’t get into detail about that. I just know that I have been changed from this Europe trip for the better and I really miss it.
I knew that I was going to love Europe and it is evident because almost every place that I went to I said to myself , ” I could live here for a little while.” I really did not want to leave because it was not reality. I did not have to worry about everyday problems and for two months; I traveled around with people that are amazing; I saw things that I would never have been able to understand unless I saw them first hand; and I have been changed, for the better.
The problem with coming home right after a trip like this is that people here don’t know what I have experienced, and after five minutes they aren’t interested in what I have to say anyway. Also when you change so much and the people back home have also changed but in a different way than you, there is a difference that is hard adjust to. I hope that the change that I see in myself is a change that my friends and family can see in me too, because this trip was one of the best experiences that I have ever had and I wish that it could have lasted forever.
So maybe I won’t make so drastic of a move as to go to the Grey Haven like Mr. Frodo, but going back to school and to a community that experienced the same things as me, will be just want I need to return to Europe–if only in my memories.