Chasing Liberty,What a Girl Wants, The Lizzie Mcguire Movie, etc., I saw young girls getting to explore
these magical cities for a myriad of different reasons. Looking back ten years later, I have become one
of those girls. While traveling is not all sunshine and rainbows, I wouldn’t trade the opportunities that I
have for anything at all. I’ve gotten to live in one of the most wrongly perceived countries in the world
and it was a place I absolutely fell in love with.
It exceeded my expectations and went above and beyond, setting the bar impossibly high for every
destination reached afterwards. I found myself in Moscow, living in a place where I knew no one, feeling
as though every hour I had spent studying Russian growing up had done nothing for me, as I understood
almost nothing that anyone said to me. It broke me down the first two weeks I was there, even making
me question whether or not I had made the right decision in leaving home and moving to this strange
foreign place on my own. Then it all clicked for me. I found my passion again, I rose up from that hole
and made those five months the best and most adventurous months of my life.
made lifelong friends with people not only from around the US but also around the world. I had the
opportunity to reconnect with those friends I had met years prior on my first voyage to the strange but
mind blowing country that is Russia.