From the memory bank: reflecting back on Europe 2013.
By mid 2012, I’d established that 2013 was going to be my “conquer all” year. It began by ringing in the new year, Las Vegas style; from where I immediately flew to Thailand for a short-term study abroad trip in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai; two months later I celebrated my last spring break as an undergrad in South Beach (typical, yes -- yet SO much fun); two months after that came graduation; and a few weeks later I was off to spend a little time in Portugal and Spain. Throughout the year, I’d also taken quick stints to Pittsburgh, Atlanta, New York, and Charlotte, and explored more than ever right in DC.
I’m not quite sure who I thought I was last year, but I loved every minute and every spontaneous misadventure the year brought. As you can imagine, my bank account wasn’t too pretty by the end of it, but I made it work. It was my last full year before facing the real world’s countless responsibilities; I wanted to live it to its fullest potential.