{Today's Letters}

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Dear Mr. Loerke, last night you crawled in the biscuit super late after your shift. You squeezed my hand 3 times to ask, "Are you awake?" I responded with one squeeze followed by 3 more. "Yes, I love you." So grateful for Morse code with you at 4am. Dear Semester Abroad Negatives, after 12 years I finally had you transferred to jpg's. You make me wish I was hitch hiking all over Israel again and gaining 20 lbs from eating Magnum Bars out the yang. Dear A&J, only 4 more days until you and your rovers officially move to Dallas. Can't wait for crawfish boils, fly fishing in Austin, and road trips to pick up your canoe at the Land Between the Lakes. Dear Husband, listening to you practice your harmonica early in the mornings? Pretty much the greatest thing ever.

Did you ever study abroad? I'm always telling students it's one of the best things you can do in college. {Here are 10 other things I also tell them}.

24 comments:

kelsib13 said...

Studying abroad is the best thing ever! I studied WW2 and the Holocaust in Krakow, Poland. Gosssshhh. I miss it.

Ellie Kornexl said...

LBL! OH LBLLL!!!! I spent to summers working at a Girl Scout camp across the lake from LBL, such a wonderful place and time in my life...

Tara said...

where were you?

i lived in tunis for a summer. it was amazing!

Alyssa said...

I seriously just smile every time I read one of your letters. You and the mister are beyond words precious and you all do really lovely things.

xo
Alyssa- alattelove1.blogspot.com

Molly Roberson said...

Morse code, HH, LBL, Magnum Bars? Are you kidding me? It's too perfect. Lived off of magnum bars while backpacking through Europe. Miguel's now carries them--life is officially complete.

Christine Robertson said...

I was just showing some of my pictures to my cutie putotie 1st graders in my Sunday School class. JUC has a new facebook page. Kinda wish I hadn't friended them cause now I long for that place every time they post a picture! So glad to have met you there!

AmandaStretch said...

I studied theater in London one summer. One of the best things I've ever done!

Bre said...

I just returned from a semester in Florence, Italy. It changed my life! I encourage EVERYONE to go abroad if they have the opportunity.

Han said...

No but I really wish I had - as much as I loved my time at University - I'd go back and tell my 16 year old self how much my choices sucked and that I should have gone with Sociology the first time round even though I didn't like it at 16 (but did at 19/20) so that I could have done Anthropology - I'm sure it's still possible but I have to work and be a foster Mum right now so studying isn't really an option and I think Chris would have to come with me if I went to study somewhere for a year (way too complicated to even think about it right now lol)

Kristina said...

As a junior in high school I spent 10 months in Colorado (no, I'm not American :D) living with a host family and going to school there. It was an amazing experience at the age of 17 and has strengthened me in so many ways. I've learned so much in those 10 months and will be forever grateful for this opportunity. Next year I'll hopefully be able to study a semester at a University in Sweden. Can't wait to make new memories and new friends!

Traci said...

Took a summer (well, really a winter) to intern in Sydney, Australia as my last semester of college (had to intern to graduate). Absolutely loved the experience and would encourage anyone to take similar opportunities! The internship experience was great, but I learned more about life and myself in those 4 months abroad than I did throughout college, and it radically changed my view moving forward. Forever thankful!

Mac said...

I'm studying abroad right now in Barcelona, Spain! I'm with a group from Texas A&M and sharing this experience with fellow Aggies makes me want to whoop all over the place! I keep telling myself to remember every single minute. Here's to hoping these moments stay with me forever!

Laura Sharda said...

Love love love! Oh what an incredible trip down memory lane your negatives would be. Thanks for the smiles on your blog Eloise!

sarah richmond said...

magnum bars, turkish coffee, and fresh delivered pitas hanging on the jerusalem university gate with nutella equals overseas bliss*

thank you for the throwback! studying abroad and living in mexico post graduation for two years helped me to trust myself and grow as a person. i learned that love is bigger than life, the importance of community and support, and the gift of living a much simpler life.

beautiful letter*
twinner

Hormiguita said...

I studied in Cuenca, Ecuador for 5 months and it was one of the greatest opportunities I've ever had. Some of my best memories come from those five months.

Shelby said...

I just got back from studying in Israel! We stayed in a convent and did our courses online (we had access to the JUC library though).

Going was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made!

Kati said...

i just got back from studying in copenhagen. i'm still editing the 50GB of pictures i took. :P i did so much traveling while i was there that when i was coming home, i was glad i wasn't going anywhere this summer.

it took a week and a half for me to want to hit the road again. :P

also, i love this blog. you make me dream of the marriage i hope to have someday.

Mel Nichter said...

EM.

I went to college literally right down the road from LBL. Spent all four years paddling those waters. You bring Amelia, I'll bring the Louisville crew -- we can meet on the water!

Jen Montgomery said...

I always, always, always tell student to travel abroad! I did an internship in London and backpacked through Europe and did my Masters in Australia! Life changing, affirming experience!!

Beth said...

I just got back from studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland this past semester! I tried my first Magnum Bar while traveling in Barcelona. YUM. =)

Today's Letters said...

Love how much traveling y'all have been doing! Makes my heart happy.

Mel, that would make my heart so happy! finally sharing the same water with lou's best. xoxo!

Rebecca Studard said...

I studied abroad for a summer in 2007 in Florence, Italy. Words cannot express how much I loved it. It really is one of the best experiences a person could have and I encourage every college kid I know to do it as well.

Katie DeCillo said...

Lived near LBL for several years. One of my favorite weekend getaway destinations. Only 2 hours from Nashville!

lbfraley said...

I've only been back in the States for two days after studying in Madrid for 4 weeks! I absolutely loved it, from the food to the walking everywhere to the precious old lady that I lived with. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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