Do you know the feeling of coming home? You feel like you know the place, you feel comfortable and safe and it just feels like you belong. When you get there you exhale all the problems and thoughts you have and you just know that this is the place where you can relax because this is home. That place is Washington DC for me.
Washington DC is, and probably will always be, my second home. I lived there for one and a half years and I fell in love with every part of that city. I don't know if it is the friends I made and the people I got to know, the beautiful surroundings and all the opportunities the city has to offer, the fact that I made most of my greatest memories at those streets or just a combination of it all that made this place to my happy place. Leaving DC was one of the hardest things I have ever been through. I created a new life there, I made friends for life and I had such an amazing time so just the thought of leaving for something that was yet so unknown made me terrified. Needless to say - I have missed that place every day since I wiped my tears of off my chins at the airport in December last year.
One person that I got meet while living in DC was Sterre, and she quickly became one of my best friends. Both Sterre and I were back in Europe and both of us missed DC and all the crazy memories we made there. So we decided to go back together this summer, to stay for two weeks. And that is exactly what we did after our adventures in Miami. Getting off the airplane at Ronald Reagan airport, driving by the Washington monument and getting dropped off at my friend Lukes house teared me up. I couldn't believe that I was back and that I had two weeks in front of me in the city I love so much.
Two weeks goes by so quickly and I couldn't believe that it was over when the departure day started. Even if those two weeks passed by way too fast, we had the most amazing time. We visited old friends, went on roadtrips, did some shopping och sightseeing (it's incredible how things you've seen so many times can still be breathtaking and exciting), went partying, visited our old host families and made so many new memories. I'm so happy that I had the chance to come back to see all the people I got to know in this beautiful place and to meet so many new friends. DC is a never ending story and I will never get tired of what it has to offer.
Leaving again was hard. You have all the memories fresh in your mind and you know that you will leave the people you love so much without knowing when you will get together again. But even if I was so sad for leaving I was very grateful and happy for the time I got to spend there again. And my vacation wasn't really over, I still had one more adventure on the calendar and one more destination to go to before waving goodbye to America.