A Year in Reflection

A year ago from today my mother dropped me off at the Windsor airport.

I held back my tears on the drive there, but ultimately began sobbing once I hugged my mom goodbye. It was the first time we would be so far apart for so long. I was terrified.

Now, when I think back to everything that I experienced when I was away, I can’t believe I was so terrified.

I watched the sun set from seven different countries over the course of 200 days.

I ate Belgian waffles in Belgium, and I fell in love with Kasteel Rouge.

I drank a Guinness in Dublin, and I sat on the edge of the Cliffs of Moher.

I saw the entirety of London from the London Eye, and posed for a typical tourist pic next to a red phone booth.

I toured the oldest castles in Wales, and watched the biggest rugby game of the year in a pub.

I tried banana beer in Germany, and walked the beautiful streets of Kleve.

I did my best to make zero eye-contact in the Red Light District, and I visited as many coffeeshops as possible in Amsterdam.

I went snorkeling every day in Malta, and I ate the best burgers from the Hot Shots burger van every night.

I cried tears of joy and tears of sadness when I landed in America.

After coming home, I finished my last semester at Ferris and I was a featured student at my commencement ceremony in December.

I spent my semester co-planning the Conversations on Race event on campus, and I tutored Umair, a Pakistani international student, in English. He passed his Michigan English test and I somehow managed to pass my exams.

I applied to the Peace Corps and was accepted as a Secondary Education English teacher in Mongolia, my country of choice!

This past year has been the best year of my life – so far – but I know the years ahead will be great too.

Below, you can watch the short video I made composed of pictures and videos from my time in Europe:


7 thoughts on “A Year in Reflection

  1. Martin hacias January 12, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    you’ve experienced more in short than most people do in a lifetime and you conquered your fears. Skies the limit now! Love Uncle Marty

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  2. maryhogan1995 January 12, 2017 / 11:44 pm

    What a great year. Such a great experience. Glad I was able to come visit you in the Netherlands and go to Ireland with you too !!! Love you, Mom

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  3. roundtriptravel January 13, 2017 / 10:50 pm

    Wow, Lindsey! That definitely sounds like an incredible year. What a great way to sum it up! Looking forward to reading about your adventures in Mongolia!

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  4. Nancy Mettlach January 19, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I can’t wait to hear about your experiences in Mongolia. I’m so proud to know you!

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