As I sit next to the iStore in the Tom Bradley International terminal at LAX, I remember everything I've done in this country in the past month. Today alone I visited the historic Grammy Museum and was enthralled by the extremely realistic looking wax figures at Madame Tussauds on Hollywood Boulevard. Although there were many times I wished I had someone to share all these amazing experiences with, I can't help but think that I wouldn't have achieved half as much if I wasn't on my own. I've learnt how to catch taxi's in -16 degrees, how to makes friends with complete strangers who share the common interest of music and how to squeeze two weeks of activities into a 3 short days. Honestly I couldn't have asked for a better experience and I couldn't have met kinder people. I'm so thankful for this adventure I've been on, and as much as I want to go home, I know I'll miss hearing the constant music playing, even at 11am on Broadway in downtown Nashville and I'll miss walking on the street and wondering if I'll see someone famous. I can't wait for what lies ahead in Melbourne and I can't wait to see all of you that I haven't seen in ages; but I also can't wait to come back to this 'nation of dreamers' (to quote Amy Poehler on Parks and Recreation) and experience all that I couldn't in my short time here.
If reading my blog has done anything for you, I hope it has convinced you that as cheesy as the saying goes, you can do anything you put your mind to. After all, I'm pretty sure I was the only 17 year old girl from Australia living in Nashville by herself, and by doing this I got to meet people that I could only have dreamt of seeing.
So I guess I'll see you on the other side (of the Pacific Ocean to be literal).
And just because it's the last time I can say it in it's country of origin...
Y'all come back now, ya hear!