Friday, June 09, 2006

this place

One week, folks.

7 days left in Europe
4 days in England
3 in Cheltenham


(not to mention, only 3 more days of being a teenager. hmm...)

So lately I have been thinking about how much I am going to miss this place. All the little things that I know I'm going to miss as soon as I go home. The things that are normal now that I don't think twice about, but I'm going to think 'I wish I would have taken a picture of that...' or 'I should have bought a couple more Cadbury bars...' or 'I would have liked to visit Gloucester Cathedral once more'. But I suppose if we are always thinking of things we should have or could have done, we don't end up doing anything. I always want to make the most of things, (I suppose opportunism is a gene...) and not miss out or take things for granted-- but there's only so much you can know and do and take advantage of (especially on a budget).

So, I have come to the conclusion that as long as there is moving on, there will be a sense of loss. The more places I travel, the more people I meet & befriend, the more things I see and do-- the more there is to miss. When I'm here I miss home. But when I go home I will miss Cheltenham. Ahhh I can't win! I guess that's just part of growing up. Maybe it's taken me this long to figure it out...

Today Steph & I went to Tewkesbury. It's a nice little town. And the best part... we found an old book shop. English majors + old used bookshop = kids in a candy store. We must have been in there at least an hour browsing the shelves. Some of them were from the 1700's. So fascinating! So, of course, we couldn't leave empty handed. So I picked up a 50p copy of Dickens' Oliver Twist and a 1932 edition of Northanger Abbey & Persuasion by Jane Austen. Steph also brought home some Dickens & Austen and a couple others. What a great find! Probably ranks pretty high on my list of England memories.

Later on, I ventured out to the 'big Tesco' which is a little further away. I haven't been in a supermarket that big in a long time. I kinda felt like a deer in the headlights. But-- I found the biggest Cadbury bar ever. I've never seen so much chocolate in one piece! Oh Cadbury, I will miss you.

Tomorrow I am going to meet my family for a picnic and see them all once more before going home. :)

The World Cup started today. There are lots of England flags and stickers and banners and football jerseys and everything you could imagine... out and around town. Storefronts, pubfronts, cars, you name it. The first big England game is tomorrow. So it could get pretty crazy around here the next few days. Those Brits like their football ;)

have a good weekend, all. And I will be seeing some of you NEXT weekend!

love from lovely Cheltenham


At Sat Jun 10, 07:41:00 PM GMT-6, Anonymous MOM said...

Are you growing up? You didn't say anything about missing the teen years :0 I can't say as I blame you there, but that means I m-i-g-h-t be aging too? Naaahhh.

Enjoy your last hurrah in Europe. They will miss such an opportunist as you! Genes? Hmm. Loveya my still favorite 19 yr. old!


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