I was looking forward to sharing some tasty tapas and a nice drink selection, but what I got was even better.
I crossed through the restaurant and turned out onto the back patio, only to find all my dearest friends waiting for me with a big "Surprise!", complete with a flaming sparkler, balloons, a whole cake with my name on it, and huge smiles on their faces.
In the whole wide world, I could not think of anything better.
I’m not a sentimental person. Feelings? Bleh, those are things I don’t generally talk about unless absolutely forced to. So without getting too mushy gushy on you all, I have to say this: I have loved, with my whole heart, every single breath of every single moment of every single day I have lived in this tropical wonderland. Even when I have hated it I have loved it. And it breaks my heart to leave. Living here has made me come alive. Alive in the fact that I have loved waking up each morning. Alive in that each day is a new adventure. Alive in that every single moment is an opportunity to learn. Alive in that the mere act of walking to school always leaves me thinking, "Wow, this place is beautiful." I know that sounds sappy and I'm almost embarrassed to write it here, but it's true. Sometimes I look out across the city or past the mountains, and I wander, who could have even dreamed up a place so beautiful?
Part of me wishes I could stay living this semi-gypsy lifestyle forever. Part of me knows I still have more world to discover, more truths to learn, more roads not taken to travel. If there is one thing in life that is certain, it is change. So now it's on to the next big adventure.