Things have been quite a whirlwind, lately.
I've made some friends who already feel like family. I'll spend days at a time at their house and we can do nothing and everything, all the while being wonderfully entertained by each other. There's no end to the amount of laughter ringing through the halls of our houses when we're together. I love them already, and am so blessed to have tangible friends after a painfully dry period in Rome. After a year of learning how to keep myself company, and teaching myself how to be alone, I'm now reaping the benefits in that I now stand in awe of the glory of friendship.
We've found a house and moved in... for the most part. There are still boxes here and there and we need to go to Ikea and get some storing containers, but we've figured out places for a lot of our things.. We're in a lovely four-story row house, and I'm at the top floor. Fifty-three stairs from my room to the very lowest level. I do believe I'm going to be getting into excellent shape, and fast.
Tomorrow, we go to London for the weekend. I'm thrilled to pieces about it because London is one of those extraordinarily dreamy places to which every young lady wishes to go. I do believe I'll practice my English accent, and I plan on going to Harrod's, TopShop, and to ride the London Eye, if we have enough time. And tomorrow night, we're going to see Billy Elliot at the theatre! It's this girl's dream come true, I tell you.
I turned seventeen a little over a week ago, and I genuinely feel it. Everyone always asks if you sense any difference on your birthday, and no one ever really does. But for some reason, I woke up and thought, "Wow. A year from today I'll be getting ready to go to college." I've realized lately that my life is, everyday, a little bit more structured around my own independent plans and schedule. I can move from place to place pretty well on my own, and haven't needed much help from my parents to get things done in unpacking my room, or much else. Suddenly, I'm not a kid. It's a terrifying prospect, but I'm enjoying it, too.
I haven't been blogging much, as you've probably noticed. Lately I've just been trying to move through my summer and detox in the most stress-free way possible, and the blog has fallen to the wayside. I'm headed for an incredibly tense year of school, and I'm wanting to make the most of this time that I have without a set schedule and assignments.
This has been my summer so far! I'm loving Brussels, I'm loving my friends, I'm loving my family, and this is shaping up to be a terrific summer. I hope you're all having a great time in the sunshine as well!