Hi everyone, I am Karen and I usually blog over at Dream Once More. Dani and I were matched up in the 20 Something Bloggers’ 9th Blog Swap so you can find her posting at my blog today. Make sure to head over to check out Dani’s post. The topic for this blog swap is:
As summer nears its end and it’s back to school time for many, we think it would be fun to reflect on SUMMER. Did you take any great vacations? Did you melt in the heat? Do you have a favorite summer memory from your childhood? Share anything summer-related with us!
Summer is my favorite season of the year. A time I associate with lots of free time enjoyed, sunshine soaked up, ice cream eaten, and fantastic trips taken. And it’s true, I have gone on the best trips in the summer. I spent three weeks in England and Ireland respectively in 1999 and 2000, did a tour of the US east coast in 2004, spent a month in northern Spain in 2006, 10 days in Andalusia in 2008 and visited Prague for a few days in 2010. I absolutely love traveling, seeing new countries, experiencing foreign cultures, and those were some of the most memorable trips I have been on in my life. But summer isn’t just all about fun and vacation.
Summer is also a time for life-changing events. The first one of mine was, of course, my birth (hah!) in the summer of 1983. I started elementary school in in the summer of 1989, and graduated high school thirteen years later in the summer of 2002. In July 2004, I moved to the States for a year, and in August 2007, I moved to Spain for a year. And then, finally, last summer I finished my degree, left the town I had called home since 2002, and started looking for a full-time job for the first time in my life. My life as a responsible grown-up was about to begin. Exactly a year after I took my last exam of university, I passed the probationary period at the job I had started six months earlier. And well, that’s where I am now.
Summer has always been a time of changes. Of monumental changes. It has been a time of challenges, of failures, of success, and of growing up. And you know what, I’m not done growing up yet. I can’t wait to find out what other adventures life has in store for me.