Home is where the heart is.

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My Last day in London.

As I reflect on the time I spent in the United Kingdom I can’t help but smile and hold back tears. It was simply the time of my life. I learned more about who I am and who I want to be in these three and a half months than I thought possible. I made new friends, explored wondrous places, and fell in love with this rainy island. I could not have asked for a better study away, and will forever be grateful that I was able to pick up my life and live in London-town.

I have now been back in Tacoma for a month, and have been busy getting back to real life. I began work at a local charity that provides scholarships to minority, underprivileged students to go to uni. I work there as the Development and Programs Assistant. It is great experience, and I have been able to bring some of the things I learned while interning with Business Launchpad, UK with me.

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Tacoma Waterfront!

Having tried to get back in the swing of things I have come up with a list of goals that I wish to bring into my life from my experience in the UK:

1-To live as a tourist wherever I am. Those of you who have had the chance to experience tourist season in London will know all too well the annoying tourist–the person who will stop in the middle of a moving crowd to take a picture–ya that person. But what I loved about being unfamiliar to London was that everything was new and exciting. All too often I just walk down a street that I have walked down hundreds of times blindly, but to that annoying tourist that street is new and exciting. My goal is to try and see the places I live in with new eyes, and look for the beautiful places that are around me.

2-To go to the theatre. While in London I was able to see 17 plays! If I had to describe my study away theatre would be repeated quite often. Now back in Tacoma I have been searching out for opportunities to go to the theatre. I loved it so much in London, and it is something I want to continue to be a part of!

3-Walk, walk, walk. Living without my car in London was frustrating and also really nice. Not having to pay for gas each week was defiantly really nice! Where I live in Tacoma I am able to easily walk to restaurants, grocery stores, and coffee shops. Walking places allows one to slow down and really take in the sights and sounds that are all around you. I want to make sure that I take any opportunity I have to walk instead of drive!

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Rayners Lane Tube Station– My old home!

These three goals will allow me to play homage and recreate my favorite parts of living in London. My time in London went by in a flash, but it will remain with me for the rest of my life. I cannot wait to begin on my next adventure once I graduate from Pacific Lutheran University in December. Who knows where I will end up, but I know that if I live like a tourist, seek out culture, and breath in the environment around me I will be just fine!

Thank you all for the support and love that you have shown me while I experienced this wonderful journey. I will try and update this blog with new adventures as they arise!

Palmer Scholars– http://www.palmerscholars.org
Business Launchpad– http://www.businesslaunchpad.org.uk

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