I’m Back in New York with My Dog


I am writing this post from my couch in my very own house. This is my sixth day home since getting back from London. It seems surreal that I am finally home and I have mixed emotions about it. I was unbelievably happy to see my family. They greeted me with a bouquet of flowers! When I saw them in the airport waiting for me, I was so happy I could have cried. I haven’t seen my boyfriend yet because he left for Myrtle Beach the day I arrived home, but I miss him so much and I am so excited to see him this weekend. When I came home, he surprised me with a bouquet of flowers in my room that he had dropped off (I know own a lot of flowers…). I had a lovely reunion with my dog, who seemed to miss me the most out of everyone. I have hung out with my friends a couple of times and it was fun sharing my experiences with them, especially since a lot of them studied abroad themselves. Yesterday, I went into the pizzeria where I work to see all my friends and it was so nice talking with them!

HOWEVER…I miss England. Everyday in London I felt like I was doing cool things. I was either going out for dinner and drinks with my friends, or spending time in Central London. I got used to going to Shakespeare’s Globe for a play every week. I miss Sainsbury’s (the local grocery store), and I miss taking the tube wherever I wanted. I even miss using British currency and walking everywhere. There were small things I got used to doing in London that I can’t do here. I liked having all my friends in my apartment building or in the neighboring one. I miss all the people I met, and I look forward to seeing them again.

I know that even if I go back to England it won’t be the same experience I had this past month. Never again will I be given the opportunity to live in London for a month without having to work or go to school full time. I consider myself extremely blessed and lucky to have spent the past month at Kingston University. I have memories that will last a lifetime, and I made friends who made those memories even better. I look forward to traveling in the future: I have caught the “travel bug” and now want to go everywhere!

But for now, I am happy to be home with my family and friends and that I am able to tell them all about my experiences. I am ready for the semester to start in two weeks. And for now, all I can do is look forward to the next time I travel. Until then…

~Maddie 🙂

Maddie Spero is a psychology major with a concentration in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. She is excited to study abroad in London, England. She cannot wait to experience and learn about another culture.

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