How long has it been since the semester you studied abroad? Let me guess: It feels like forever. On the one hand, you can't believe that so much time has passed since you touched back down at the airport after living in another country for four or five months. On the other hand, it seems like just yesterday you were packing your bags, not knowing what to expect from your travels. You boarded the plane with so much excitement and nervous energy, knowing that this would be the best experience ever. The first time you return to your study abroad city, you get those same feelings — and a few wonderful things happen, too. *Cue the happy tears.*
This past autumn, I traveled back to Florence for the first time. It had been three years since I wandered down the cobblestoned streets, eating gelato and soaking up the Tuscan sun. I knew that I wanted to eat at my favorite restaurants, and see my teachers who took me to some of the most famous museums in the world. But, I also wanted to have some new adventures, in place that my study abroad friends and I still consider to be "home."
The trip ended up being so surreal, and one of the most wonderful experiences I've had to date. If you travel back, these four things might happen for you, too.