Bittersweet

I knew it would have to come to an end eventually, but I didn’t think it would sneak up on me this quickly! My last trip out of the country is this weekend, and I’m sad. But it’ll be a great one: London, England. I actually leave as soon as I’m done writing this post!

It’s a weird feeling that I won’t be leaving Ireland anymore. So far, I’ve been to Scotland, Austria, and Germany (for two seconds), and London will round out my travels. It doesn’t sound like a lot of places when I list it out like that, but it definitely feels like I’ve been traveling to more places. Traveling is also very liberating and gives you an independent sense traveling through an airport and foreign country by yourself. I’m saddened by the fact that the next time I’ll be doing that is when I go home next month. (NEXT MONTH IS SO SOON.)

Speaking of home, I’ve realized that I have this division in me that desperately wants to go home but also stay here longer. More to come on this in coming weeks.

Now that I won’t be traveling out of Ireland after this weekend, I’ll be able to explore the island that I’ve called home in even greater detail. I’ve seen a fair amount of Ireland already, but I’m excited to really immerse myself now. My friends and I have plans to backpack, bike and hike through some different places before we head home.

There are so many great things to come still before my study abroad travels are over. It’s not quite over yet, but this benchmark trip reminds me that I’m one step closer to heading back to the real world.

Can’t wait to tell you all about London! Until next time!

Check out the places I’ve been and check out the places I haven’t! There’s beauty everywhere.

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Mikaila Bisson

Hi there! I'm a Hope Senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan (about 45 minutes North of Detroit). I'm an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis (fitting), and have a Business minor. I'm super active in Hope life. I am a Student Ambassador, the Senior Treasurer on the Executive Board of Nykerk, and was involved in Orientation as an AD. I also work on campus at the Career Development Center as a Career Advisor, and at Hope's Physical Plant. I love playing any kind of sport (soccer's my favorite!), have a weakness for shoes, eat dessert twice a day, read like its my job, am currently watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and have a passion for Golden Retrievers. Contact me at mikaila.bisson@hope.edu because I'd love to hear from any and everyone. Also feel free to follow my super trendy Instagram account at @miktroubleee or my equally as trendy, even more Hope-filled Twitter account at @hopemikaila17 .

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