Flying back for my second semester studying abroad at St. Andrews
I made it back to Scotland on Tuesday. It was great to be home, and I’m glad I took advantage of the time to relax and see everyone. At the beginning of the year, I hadn’t planned on making the trip home, but looking back, it was definitely a better decision than staying on the frozen tundra that is St. Andrews right now, having to cook my own food with the 10 people still left in the dorm.
Speaking of the weather, it’s about 20 degrees here and there’s 2 inches of snow on the ground. If I were back in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, I wouldn’t think much of it, but this is the worst weather the UK has seen in 40 years, go figure.
Not exactly prime weather for golfing, but other than that, it’s actually been a positive. It’s given me motivation to stay inside and study for the finals I have next week – and it’s pretty much the only motivation. I’m also pretty lucky because, unlike a lot of my friends here, my flight back wasn’t affected by the cold and snow.
My flight back to the States my have been one of the more hellish experiences of my life, but my trip back to Scotland was trouble-free. The Newark airport is still a pain, although I successfully navigated the 140 gates and three terminals this time, but I like having a layover there. When you land and take off, you fly right over Times Square – it’s even better at night all lit up. It’s kind of ironic, I’ve seen Times Square from a plane window 4 times and through a car window once, but I’ve never actually seen it on foot.
I mastered the whole international flight experience too: use a neck pillow and pass out (except for when they serve dinner). It makes the whole 7 hour journey go by a lot faster.
Like I said, I have 2 finals next week, so the next 9 days will be spent hitting the books (if I stick to my plan). After that, I have a good 3 weeks off. A group of us are spending a week traveling through Central Europe – Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic – so I have something to look forward to, something to get me through finals. Hopefully the snow melts soon so I can get back out on the course.
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