On an Island in the Sun


Original photo of Malta found here.

This has been a very exciting week for me!

Last Monday my mom and her friend Catherine arrived in the Netherlands to visit me for a week. We managed to get a lot in during the week, such as two canal boat rides, a day trip to Amsterdam, a weekend trip to Ireland, and more!

It was the best feeling ever to have some visitors from home with me. Especially my mom for mother’s day.

On the plane ride back from Dublin to Amsterdam, my mom asked me “do you think you’re ready to come home in a month?”

A month? 

Not a chance.

The question made me realize how in love I am with Utrecht and Europe in its entirety, and I realized there was no way I could go home in June.

But if I’ve learned one thing since I’ve been here, it’s that the universe always works the way it should –  usually in your favor.

After returning home from dropping my mom off at the airport, I discussed my disappointment returning home to Michigan with my roommate Gabi and a few of our friends. I said there must be a way I could stay in Europe, I just didn’t know how.

And then Gabi did what she always does best – she came up with a great solution.

She invited me to live in Malta with her for two months, and I’m going to!

Now you might be thinking to yourself, what? How is she going to afford that? What about her return flight home?

Well ladies and gentlemen, the beauty of being in Europe is that I can travel almost anywhere in Europe for under $100. My ticket to Malta just happened to be $25.

Yes, you read that right. I was just as shocked as you are.

I also found a return flight to Detroit in August for $350, so this trip is definitely going to be manageable.

And my return flight home in June? Losing out on that doesn’t even matter to me.

What matters to me is the fact that I get an extra 60 days to make more memories, try new things, live in a new country, and surround myself with the best people I’ve ever met in my life.

In 35 days, I’ll be drinking tequila on a secluded beach in Malta, soaking up the sun and living life the way it should be.









4 thoughts on “On an Island in the Sun

  1. Robert W Loesch May 9, 2016 / 6:08 pm

    Do it while you can.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. mary May 9, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    I’m so happy for you. I wish I could travel with you. I loved my visit with you. The trip was a once in a lifetime. Love the Netherlands and Ireland. Met wonderful people. Love your roommates, and I’m missing the hostel. See you in August. Love you, Mom

    Liked by 1 person

    • Lindsey Hogan May 9, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      Aw you’re the best! Your support means so much to me and I’m so happy you enjoyed your time here. Love you too.


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