two weekends ago, i attended an outdoor adventure with the international student center on campus with the intentions of getting to "camp" (we stayed in a cabin, but this is as close as i can get to camping since no one i know likes real camping), canoe, zipline, and spend some time in self-reflection against the backdrop of the appalachian mountains. in fact, i was most looking forward to going off on my own and reflecting. i spent the first hour by the lake and on small trails trying to claim one as the place where i'd spend the rest of my weekend in contemplation.
... and then this happened, and i realized that what i thought i would learn by processing internally was taught through my experiences with these amazing people from all over the world.
the trip was absolutely amazing -- one of the best trips on which i've ever been. the whole time was spent in exchanging our stories and how each of us was so unique but also so much more similar than we imagined. from that point on, we were all pretty much attached at the hip.
this group of people is just ridiculously awesome, and i know i have made new friends for life.
in pursuit of:
becoming a resident tourist
going camping and hanging around a fire with cool people ( from my autumn bucket list)