Melissa Burns, June 5th, 2017
Flying in to Frankfurt to embark on my very first European adventure was exciting to say the least. I had dreamed of the baguettes, crepes and croissants we would eat from the moment I had signed up for this trip and I was ready to touch down across the pond! My initial reaction to Strasbourg was that it was a lot bigger than I had expected, and I really do not know any French. (yikes!) I was surprised how incompetent and flat out dumb I felt in my effort to buy my long sought after baguette at the local café. A feeling of helplessness and dependence on others flooded, as my only hope was that these native French people spoke my foreign language. I quickly learned and understood the perceived disrespect and entitlement that came with initially speaking to a French person in English. To be completely honest, there was a mix of homesickness and frustration with the unexpected heat wave and the inevitable language barrier. In my first, very sleepless, night I longed for my comfortable queen sized bed in an air conditioned house back in America. I quickly came to the fortunate conclusion that I am not here to be comfortable. This place half way across the world is not my home, but it is many others’. What an incredible opportunity I have to immerse myself in their culture and learn more about their perception and outlook of the world. The days to come will fly by and I will soon look at them as a memory, but I am excited for the adventures that are yet to come!
Categories: 2017 Trip