Coming home after three weeks in Europe has felt differently to me than I thought it would. During the last few days of the trip, most people (including me) seemed to be of the opinion that while the trip has been great it is time to come home. Now I find myself less sure that I was ready for the trip to end.
I already find myself missing quite a bit from our daily routine in Europe, from the wonderful breakfasts to seeing the old, beautiful European architecture every day. As much as I enjoy the comforts of home, resting at home now seems a bit drab compared to life on the go in Europe.
What I miss most, however, is being with our group itself. I came on the trip knowing few people in the group, but by the end I had found many new friends. I miss exploring each city with our group, experiencing a foreign culture together. This trip has taught me that while seeing Europe and learning its history is well worth it and an incredible adventure, being in community and caring about people is more important. We were created for community, and God has shown me that through this trip in a strong way.
I also know that now I have a greater appreciation for people who live in other countries and cultures than I do. Our human community is a global one, and worshiping at three different churches in Europe helped show me how the body of Christ is indeed global as well.
It has been a fantastic trip, and I am confident that I will continue to look back and learn from it in the future.