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Day 5

10 Oct

Hey guys!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and managed to squeeze in everything you wanted 🙂 Here we are at Day 5 of the photo challenge and I’m surprised with how well I have been keeping up with it! I hope you all are liking what each day brings and are still interested about “what’s next.”

So, today’s challenge reads:

A picture of your favorite memory

After looking through a whole lot of pictures and saying to myself “could this be my favorite memory?” I was overwhelmed with how many choices I had of things that have happened in my life that could seriously be a favorite memory of mine. It’s really, extremely, hard to narrow down which one is my favorite but I think I’ve landed on one…

Look how happy my family is. I can’t help but smile (and hold back the tears) when I look at this picture.

This picture was taken on the day I got back to the United States from sailing around the world for 110 days. I remember this day so clearly, as if it were yesterday. The ship backed into the port in Ft.Lauderdale, FL around 8:30 a.m. and everybody was trying to nudge their way to the side of the ship to see if they could pick out their families from the hundreds of families waiting on the dock. I was a bit worried that my family wouldn’t see me because of how many people there were (around 800) but then, in an instant, my mom and I caught each other’s eyes and the tears started flowing. I then spotted my dad, my sister and her husband Steve and I couldn’t STOP CRYING.

When I look back on that day, there were so many emotions running through my body. The first, and obvious one, was how GLAD I was to see and be with my family again. I couldn’t wait to tell them my millions of stories, show them all my pictures, and hand out the many gifts I had bought for them throughout the world. I was also a bit nervous because I wasn’t exactly sure how I would put into words all of the things I experienced. I knew that I had changed throughout the journey and I was hoping, praying, that they would understand the new, “worldly”, Hadley who was about to step back onto U.S. soil. Little did they know that I had also met the love of my life while in Thailand and my whole world was about to turn upside down. I was so excited to see what this new life of mine was about to bring and the new opportunities that were about to come about, all because I decided to jump on a ship and sail around the world.

This was the start to the new and improved Hadley and I am so blessed to have even gotten that chance, at the age of 20, to open my eyes to a whole new world.

For those of you who are curious…here is a picture my sister took of me after I saw my family for the first time. I’m above the sign where it says “Mom” in pink, wiping the tears off my face.


Day #4

7 Oct

Today’s photo challenge reads:

A picture of something you did last night

Yes, that is a classrom. And yes, that is my teacher 🙂 And, as a matter of fact, this is really what I did last night (and every Tuesday and Thursday night I will be doing this until December 8th).

I finally got around to signing up for a legitimate Swedish class that is offered through Folk Universitetet, which is associated with the University of Lund. I will attend class for 1 1/2 hours, twice a week, for 10 weeks in hopes of becoming a better Swedish speaker. There are seven of us, total, in the class with 1 girl from Russia, 1 girl from Ukraine, 1 boy from Palestine, 2 boys from Lithuania and 1 other boy from Australia. It seems to be a pretty good mix of people and everyone is very nice to each other. Our teacher is a very sweet lady named Anna-Lena who lives just outside of Helsingborg. I am really eager to learn more Swedish and to be able to “hold my own” once and for all 🙂