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Trip Start Dec 16, 2011
Trip End May 15, 2012

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Georgia Institute of Technology

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Getting to Atlanta, I rode one of the smallest planes I have ever experienced! Finally, after three long, boring weeks in Orland Park. As we taxied, it finally hit me that I will be living in Europe for for three whole months...a whole new experience and new life. My last night in Orland Park was definitely a ton of fun and a great way to go out. I attended the 4th Annual Sandburg's Got Talent! In my senior year at Carl Sandburg, I came up with the idea to have a talent show; then, I planned and executed the first annual Sandburg's Got Talent. And boy, has it come a long way. Now, they charge $10 for entrance, when it was only $5 the first year and no presale! Also, they have a famous headliner for an act. This year was Darryl McDaniels, DMC, of Run DMC! He came and put on a 40 minute show at little Carl Sandburg High School:) Sandburg was transformed into a whole other place. It was like Night at the Apollo style. Because of my alumni statue, I got free admissions and was able to attend the Meet and Greet with DMC. The night ended with a good talk with my brother, Teo, at Steak and Shake. We talked about life over delicious burgers. Overall, it was a great night.

As much as Orland Park can be boring, I am already missing my family because I know they miss me and just want to stay safe but chase my goals. It pains me to leave as much as I look forward to leaving. College, has helped me realize how important family really is, and I can't take any of it for granted. I am very sad that I shall not return until May. Still, every time my visit seems too short, and that I should not leave. Each goodbye feels unwarranted, and that I should see them the next day, but that is not the case. The truth that I will not return for awhile always fails to hit me until I get on that plane to leave, but by that time it is too late. 

Well, it's only a week here in Atlanta. Saying goodbyes to good friends and preparing for the next chapter of this adventure! Luckily, Atlanta has fast internet! Au Revoir! (I've been practicing my french). 

Plane count? 8!
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