City Scapes: Morgan Mackey
Never underestimate the power of a week off from school.
Fall Break gave me just what I needed: an actual break. A few consecutive days where I didn’t have to rush to and from class, try to do homework, and squeeze in time for friends. During break I could focus on time with my family and reunite with friends from other universities who were also visiting home.
One of the highlights of break was my semi-impulsive decision to book a flight to London for spring break. I have been wanting to travel abroad but for one reason or another, but until now it didn’t work out. Flights last week were dirt cheap and so a friend of mine and I decided that now would be the time to go explore London.
My travels have taken me to many parts of the US, but the only country abroad I have been to is Guatemala. It was my first time out of the country and I went with a group of strangers—whom I now consider friends—as an Alternative Break.
The experience of traveling to a developing nation for the first time out of the country made me realize how enriching travel is. That trip made me value toilet paper, hand soap, and appreciate how a smile can go a long way.
There was a language barrier for me since I wasn’t fluent in Spanish, but one thing remained universal: is kindness. The toilet paper and hand soap lesson made me realize how privileged I am to live my everyday life not having to remember to pack those items with me before I leave the house.
This next trip abroad will no doubt teach me some life and worldly lessons. I have already started a rough intenerary, which will mostly change several times before our departure. All I can think about now is planning my trip and school seems to be getting in the way.
Spring break will be another much-needed vacation and one that will bring on a new adventure. It’s my late-march break as an undergrad student and it will be one for the books.