Never once in my life did I think I would hear an actual explosion, nor did I expect to be in walking distance of a terrorist attack. No one ever plans for these things, nor are you ever really prepared. My experience in Paris reshaped the way I look at studying abroad. In no way will it stop me from traveling, but it will make go about it in a different way.
These Thanksgivings have all looked different but the common thread has been the luxurious experience of time, of not having to rush out and acquire more, do more, gain more; but rather feeling as though you are giving someone your total attention, and the biggest gift these days: the gift of your time.