After returning home to Grand Rapids and reflecting on the past few weeks, I’ve realized how lucky we all were to go on the trip of a lifetime in Europe. Before this trip, I had never really left the country and experienced different cultures. I have always lived in West Michigan and lived in the Christian Reformed “bubble”. I feel as if we are extremely sheltered at Calvin College, and this trip allowed us all to get out of the bubble and experience the real world. I am extremely grateful for the life I have been blessed with, but also think that we need to take advantage of the opportunities to escape this bubble every chance we get.

I would like to thank everyone that made this trip possible and thank my professors and colleagues for making this trip unforgettable. Over the course of the trip, I became even better friends with the people I already knew, but one of the coolest parts of the trip was the new people I met. I formed many lifelong relationships that I may have not made if I were not to go on this trip.

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