Missing Home

Going off of that last post, I’ve come to realize just how much I miss home. So, here’s a list of the Top Ten Things Megan Misses From America:

1) Mom, Dad, Bro, Grandparents, Babies

IMG_4760 2) REAL milk

3) Mexican food

4) My lovely besties

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6) Yoga pants

7) My church

8) Pancheros/HuHot

9) Being able to walk around without being harassed at every corner

10) ElliottIMG_4863

Disclaimer: These are in NO particular order except for the first bullet point.

LOVE YOU ALL.. don’t forget about me while I’m gone.

Star Wars Audition

Currently I am en route to Chicago to audition for Star Wars Episode VII. Man, I gotta say that I love this life I live. If I had one piece of advice to give to people, it would be to take advantage of every opportunity handed to you. And if there isn’t an opportunity, make your own. I promise, life is full of adventure, my life is testimony to that.

I found out about this audition a couple days ago and immediately cleared my schedule to get to it. Shout out to my coworkers for making this possible for me by covering my shifts. Side note: I work with the most amazing people. I love each and every one of them and it’s true what they say about Olive Garden, “When you’re here, you’re family.” I love those guys so stinkin’ much. Anyway.. Back on topic..

This audition. I know that there is literally no chance I’ll be cast, seeing as how they’re casting for one role and I’m sure 87 gajillion people are going to audition. But! I also know that it’s the experience and adventure that really matter. It’s the ability and courage to take advantage of what’s placed in front of you. And it’s the amazing friends who are just as crazy as you, who will drop anything and everything for you to road trip six hours in the middle of the week last minute to be there and hold your hand while you conquer the world. That’s who Caitie is to me. As she sits next to me right now singing at the top of her lungs, I’m not sure if she’ll ever know how grateful and blessed I am to have her in my life. She’s been there for all the best memories I’ve made in college. If I hadn’t met this girl, I wouldn’t have some of the best memories I’ve made in my life.

There’s a crazy world out there just waiting to be explored. So go out there and do it.

Leaving Home Behind

IMG_1502Well, this is it. It’s my last night in this wonderful country that I’ve come to love with all of my heart. Tomorrow morning I’ll be leaving my home behind and a piece of my heart. This has been the most wonderful summer of my life and I hate to see it come to an end but all good things must come to an end. So, as I sit here with tears in my eyes, I recall all the amazing memories that I’ve made throughout this time.IMG_1494

This city has become my home and even though I know I’ll return one day soon, I hate to say goodbye. Everywhere I look, memories surround me. Starting with this wonderful family that took me in as their own for the summer, I can’t say how grateful I am to them. I look at the girls as my own sisters now and know that we’ll always be family. I love this house and how beautiful it is when I look outside. I couldn’t have asked for a better place to spend this time and don’t want to think about leaving it.

The relationships that I’ve established here are for a lifetime. I’ve found some of my best friends in the entire world and now that I have them, I can’t imagine life without them. God truly blessed this trip for me and I am so thankful to Him.IMG_1426

Austin, Austin, Austin. Austin is such an amazing guy and I love how close we became. We fought and bickered constantly but the kid is great for dealing with 19 females for the entirety of the summer without another male to help soothe the pain. You have to give him props. That’s pretty spectacular. He didn’t even kill any of us, which is a plus. Seriously though, my summer wouldn’t have been the same without him here to spend time with and eat lunch with and have hold my things for me while I was shopping and listen to me ramble about Johnny Depp and take care of me when I was down. I love that kid and know that he’ll go incredibly far in life. He’s going to be the world’s most renowned anesthesiologist, I know it.1010055_10152045606817564_101705474_n

And now for mon petit oiseau. Man, oh man, do I love my little Aubs. She is one of my favorite people in the entire world. Who knows what would have happened to me if she hadn’t been on this trip to keep me calm when I needed to vent or to take care of me. Literally. I can recall a night when I wouldn’t have lived through it if she hadn’t been there to get me through it. Honestly, I’m being for real people. I already miss our movie nights with horrible wifi that stopped us from always completely watching a movie and our dinner nights where I would cook for her and our multiple conversations about beautiful Frenchmen. Well.. MY conversations about beautiful Frenchmen and her listening of the conversation. I really like Frenchmen…But anyway…Auburn is my soul mate. We’re exactly alike. So much so that it’s scary. So, she’s my soul mate. End of story.

I’ve made a lifetime full of memories this summer and can’t wait to come back one day. I met some friends whom I don’t want to leave behind. Tasted food that will forever haunt me. Tasted food that will I forever crave. Explored ancient ruins. Experienced the best nightlife ever. Became addicted to macaroons. Became addicted to quiche. Became addicted to wine. Became addicted to hamburgers and rice. Became addicted to basically everything here. Tried everything new. Came to know and love a world outside of my own.IMG_1520

I found myself. I fell in love with a part of the world that I never thought I’d see. And I had the absolute best summer of my life.

To all of you back home, I’ll see you soon. To all of you on your way home already, I’ll see you later. To France, I love you and I’ll return one day soon.

Bastille Day

Yesterday I was able to celebrate Bastille Day here in Lyon with some amazing friends.

I spent the evening in town watching fireworks explode over an ancient basilica and it was breathtaking.IMG_1491

My time here in Lyon is coming to a close and I can’t believe it…but I’ll save that for another time.

America Day in France

This year was the first year that I didn’t spend the Fourth of July with my family. At first, I was pretty upset that I wouldn’t be seeing any fireworks and wouldn’t be able to eat hot dogs and chips and a variety of other incredibly nutritious American foods but then realized that the Fourth in France could be just as fun. And man, oh man, was it.

First of all, I’d like to start out by saying that we were forced to attend classes. On the Fourth of July. And on top of that, I also had two quizzes. It was stupid. But oh well, classes got out and I began to prepare for the evening. Originally, Auburn, Austin and I had decided to go out early evening and then get back early-ish because we had a flight early in the morning to catch and didn’t want to be tired for it. But the whole going home early thing didn’t quite work out well. That was entirely my fault. You can ask Auburn or Austin. They were not happy campers with me. But can you blame me for wanting to make the most of America’s birthday in a foreign country?

We spent the evening at one of the Irish pubs in Vieux Lyon and I couldn’t have had a better time if I tried. Drinks all night and adventures in my favorite part of Lyon. New friends were met, pool games were played, parks were visited, drinks were drunk, memories were made. You know you’re doing something right when the bartender gives you free shots all night.

Needless to say, this will most definitely be one of my favorite Fourth of July’s.

Real Life “Friends”

With classes well on their way to stressing the students at the University of Missouri out, I’m just amazed at the fact that it’s already almost the third week. Time really has flown by this past year and half and it makes me wonder if I’m taking full advantage of my time here.

Before I came to college, I was told that I’d make friends that would last a lifetime. I was told that there is something different when you go away to college and make your own friends, as opposed to just being friends with everyone around you in your hometown. I grew up in a tiny hometown and everyone knew everyone. I still get made fun of when I bring friends home with me from college about how short the distance is from one end of my town to the other. With that being said, even though there wasn’t a large selection of people to become friends with, because everyone knew everyone, I still had some amazing friends that I never thought I’d drift away from. After almost two years of living away from friends back home, I can say that what I heard before I came to college was completely true. I’ve made the friends of a lifetime here at Mizzou. Though I was close with friends in high school, the friends I have here are the best friends I’ve ever had in my life. I don’t know what I’d do without them.

REAGAN

One of my best friends, Reagan, and I love the show “Friends.” We often joke that she’s Monica and that I’m Rachel. She’s a complete clean freak just like Monica and though she’s not quite as crazy as Monica, she’s still always the one that makes sure that everything in our apartment is neat and clean. Don’t get me wrong, I’m clean and tidy too, just not to the extent that I can’t let something sit on the counter for more than five minutes without freaking out. She’s crazy but I wouldn’t change her for the world. Reagan is always there to listen and always knows what to say to cheer me up if I’m down. She’s one of my best and closest friends and has been ever since the second week of freshman year.

CAITIE AND MANDY

To keep with the “Friends” theme, Mandy and Caitie are a combination of Phoebe. I know that doesn’t seem fair to combine them together but it fits so perfectly. Caitie and Mandy are so much the same person that it’s scary. They’re my friends that never say no to anything, they’re always there for me as support, for a laugh or to go on cross country trips to New York to see the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. These girls are crazy and wild in a perfect combination of the two. Whenever I’m with them, there’s never a dull moment and they can make me laugh hysterically with just one look. They are cooky and weird, yet lovable and kind like Phoebe.

These three girls are the greatest friends that I ever could have been blessed with. No matter what, I know that they will always be there for me for anything and everything. I love them through the good times when we’re driving through random drive-thrus and singing at the top of our lungs to the person working, and even through the bad times when we get so mad that we can barely stand to be in the same room as each other.

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So, we all go perfectly together just like Monica, Rachel and Phoebe. I can’t imagine a life without my best friends.