I have one week left in Prague and a million things are running through my mind. Am I going to have enough time to do and see everything? What about all the restaurants I never got to try? Will I be able to motivate myself to study when all I want to do is take advantage of the time I have left? What regrets will I have once I leave?
The fact that I have basically no time left has definitely left me stressed. I cannot believe how fast this semester flew by and how abruptly it’s all about to end. It’s weird because there were moments when I felt like I had all the time in the world in Prague, and other times where I felt like time was passing way too quickly. I guess all I can do is breathe, take it all in, and don’t let a single moment pass me by. The fact that I have finals all week is definitely tainting the whole “appreciate your last few days” approach, though. I’m hoping maybe I can stop by a couple new cafes to study (and eat dessert…). I can’t wait for Thursday when I’m all done with finals and I can live out my last weekend. It’s probably going to be super bittersweet.
This whole semester has been filled with different emotions. I’ve felt overwhelmed, especially in the beginning when I had to navigate my way through the city and figure out how the different parts connect, what tram to take, what the signs say, etc. Then there were the little things like what the labels on products read (e.g. the first time I tried to buy laundry detergent I actually bought fabric softener) or attempting to cook for the first time. I’ve felt extreme gratitude as I traveled and had the opportunity to see so many different parts of Europe. I think this is one of the first times in my life where I’ve truly felt young, like the world is my oyster. It’s been fun researching different cities, planning out activities, getting lost, trying new things and walking until my knees felt like they were about to give out. I’ve felt lonely at times, too. It’s hard being put into an environment full of new people, forced to quickly adapt and make friends while knowing that these relationships are temporary. It’s made me appreciate my friends and family at home, and reminded me how lucky I am to have them.
I can’t say whether or not this experience has changed me as a person, but I feel like I won’t know until I’m back in America and have had time to absorb everything. For now, I’ll try not to think about the end too much and enjoy my time. I just hope the stress of finals week doesn’t get to me too much.
See you in a week, America!