Today is the day I travel back to America for the holidays…and to surprise my family and friends. For the past month and a half I have been reassuring all my loved ones (with the exception of my dad, who is the only person in America that knows I am coming home) that I will not be coming home for Christmas, but traveling around Europe instead. Although that initially was the plan, I had come to realize I really missed my family and have NEVER missed a Christmas with them and hadn’t planned to now—plus I have plenty of time to travel during the spring when it is much warmer.
Since the moment I bought my plane ticket I have been waiting for this day to come, and now that it is finally here I can’t even put into words how excited I am just to see the expressions on everyone’s faces. Even with the 2.5 hour bus ride to Dublin, 1 hour flight to London and the 9.5 hour connecting flight to Chicago, nothing can beat the adrenaline rush I am experiencing.
Being away from home really has made me appreciate the simple things in life, like lounging around the house and spending quality time with my family. I look forward to the quality time with my family and loved ones, and surely making this a Christmas to remember! Stay tuned to see how the surprise turns out : )