I think one of my favorite things about rowing is that whenever you mess up a stroke, you immediately get to take another one, a better one. The consistent repetition forces you learn to move on quickly and effectively; you learn to let it go and focus on the next one. There’s no time to beat yourself up over your failures or get mad about other people’s mistakes. It’s just you, your crew, your shell and oars, and 2,000 meters of water. There’s no looking back.
One of my favourite jobs that I had during university (and I had a lot) was tour guiding. While Bucknell is far from perfect, at the end of the day I love the community, education, and overall experience I had during my four years there. Getting to share that experience and that love of Bucknell with prospective students was amazing.
When I told one of my friends who had been to Malta just a few months ago that I would be spending 6 days here, he told me I would be bored. It's a small country with not much to do, he said. And while it is small, and the sites are limited compared to other destinations, there is plenty to do and I was far from bored. Every day I spent in Malta my love for the tiny nation grew and grew.
Music is a magical thing. It has the power to make you feel something deeper and bigger than yourself. As someone who struggles with mental illnesses, that power can be transformational. It can make you feel happy, it can help you get out a good cry when you need to, it can connect you with memories or dreams or hopes, it can ground you in the present. It’s potential is unlimited.
I barely slept last night because the heat right now is so miserable. I'm from South Carolina, I'm used to extreme heat (albeit, with widely available air conditioning). But this is something else - this is Lucifer. It's particularly bad in my room, which has no ventilation and a window that lets in all the sun light, making it so much worse. So when my alarm went off this morning, it took every ounce of will power to force myself out of bed instead of trying to get a few more hours of sweaty sleep. But I did get up and made it into the city centre in time for the 11:00 Bratislava free walking tour.
One of the things I was most looking forward to on this trip was doing a wine tasting in Tuscany. Why? Because I knew Tuscany was beautiful and I love wine. Erin and I searched around for different options, trying to stay within a reasonable budget, and eventually found one for $50 each. Definitely not cheap, but it was 7 hours long, had tasting at two different wineries, lots of little snacks, and a small stop in the village of Greve so it seemed like we would get our money’s worth. Plus it was one of the cheaper ones.
Today has been one of those days where I'm going to go to sleep smiling from ear to ear. Though it hasn't been a perfect day (namely having to say goodbye to Natalie, getting pelted by ice during a freak frozen rain storm as I was boarding my plane in Prague, and getting ripped off by a taxi driver), it has overall been a pretty incredible day.