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Farewell – Coming Home – Looking Back (9 Jan 2010)

My last day on this fantastic trip. It is now 4:35 in the morning on the 9th of January. I have decided not to sleep tonight as I wanted to finish this blog. And I still need to pack for my noon flight. This study abroad semester has been a rewarding experience for me. I learned a lot inside the classroom in the realm of mathematics, and even music through piano lessons. I learned a new language, though I’m not at all fluent in it yet. I learned about the Russian culture and made some good Russian friends. Excursions to other parts of Europe have given me more friends and great experiences in each city I visited. I got to listen to many different languages and often tried to learn a few words here and there. Outside the classroom, I learned a few things about myself: I like languages. I like the way they sound, the way each language compares to another. I learned that I can spend long periods of time only having conversations with myself. I adapt to my living environment and situation pretty well. That said, when the opportunity presents itself to take a shower, I grab that shower. I learned a lot about the world opinion of the United States. I learned that it is common to complain about US foreign policies and its failures, while at the same time blame us for anything that goes wrong in the world, and say that it’s America’s responsibility to fix everything, regardless if whether we caused it or not. Granted there are definitely many people who don’t think this way. However, this idea was still very prominent in my trip. I also learned, that I am honored to be an American. Finally, I learned that even though my writing proficiency greatly improves after midnight (I knew this...