Our trip is coming to an end. I am excited, but sad, knowing that we will soon be leaving our trip and settling down. I know that from now on my life will always be different because my view of the world has forever changed. My mom and my brother will be heading home early, because my brother is going to school and should not be jetlagged and without school supplies. My future after getting home will be flexible. After ten months back in the states, I have no idea what will happen next, though I know what I am hoping for.
My mom and Elio will head home on the 20th of August. My dad and I will stay in Italy until the 7th of September. We will drive my mom and Elio from our rented house in Osimo to the Milano airport. There they will go to Amsterdam, then Portland, and after staying in Portland for a week, they will go to Seattle. We will come back down to Senigallia, the city with many of our Italian cousins until the 7th. We will then go the same plane route. In Portland, we will drive to Seattle that day. Then my dad and I will get settled, recover from jetlag, and transition from roadschooling to homeschooling.
We are moving to Seattle because it’s better for my mom and dad’s work. In Seattle, Elio will go to school. I will continue to be homeschooled. Though we don’t know exactly what my homeschooling schedule will be yet, this is what I hope it will be similar to:
|9 – 12||Schooling||Schooling||Schooling||Schooling||Schooling||Schooling||Weekend|
|12 – 1||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch|
|1 – 3||Swimming||Batik Art||Swimming||Batik Art||Swimming||Free|
Of course, being homeschooled means I can have a flexible schedule so this will change if necessary. My dad has found a swimming team for me. I will be studying a lot of math and hopefully a good amount of science.
After living in Seattle, I hope we will move back to Portland, buy a house, and settle down. Hopefully we will continue homeschooling until college. In the next few years, I would like to continue to travel, but I don’t think I’d like to be gone for more than three months at a time. It would be fantastic to tour South America and travel around the states. I want to see highlights like the Grand Canyon, Washington D.C., and New York.
In so many ways, I now know much more about the world’s poverty, history, religion, and culture. This has helped me learn that the world is not just a place to live, it is a place where cultures develop and flourish.
My view of the world has expanded so much this year, and I am very glad we embarked on this traveling adventure. Now, I am ready to settle down, work hard on homeschooling, and visit family and friends, though. I am very excited to see how my life will change after this trip, because it’s bound to change in ways I cannot guess.
It has been a fun and busy year.