Europe & My life in the U.S.A.

by Amanda Munsch October. 01, 2012 2139 views

So, it's been an extremely long time since I last posted. In the time since I left Puerto Rico, many changes have occurred in my life. To start, I graduated from Geneva. What a relief it was to finally be free! After Geneva I looked for ways to spend my new found freedom. The big question loomed: what was I going to do? One of my best friends in the entire world, the famous Rebekah Bigenho who has since been married and is now the amazing Rebekah Kelly, and I started trying to answer this question at the same time. We came up with one answer and that was to pause. We didn't want to come up with the answer yet. So, what did we do? We decided to go backpacking. This backpacking trip was intended to be the trip of a lifetime, and it was! We booked our flights about 6 months in advance and we worked our tails off in Beaver Falls trying to save up for the trip. In the meantime, I started sending out inquiries about possible coaching jobs for when I would return from Europe. I landed a job as the Assistant Women's Soccer Coach at Point Park University in March 2011, just before I left the country for 3 months! Yep, that's right, we left for an entire 3 month trip to Europe with nothing but the clothes on our back, some dinero, and our backpacks. It was one of the most liberating, challenging, and life changing events of my life. Here is where we went:
Ireland
Northern Ireland
Belgium
Greece & Aegina, the Greek Isle
Italy
Switzerland
France
Spain
Holland

For the most part we took trains using Eurorail passes for youth travelers. We also flew between Ireland and Belgium, Belgium and Greece, and then Spain to Holland and Holland back to Spain. Bekah and I some how astonishingly enough managed to never get into an argument! We may have been moody at times, but I have to say that she was the best friend and travel companion a girl could have ever asked for. We had the time of our lives. Highlights include: drinking homemade wine in the Tuscan Villa we stayed in outside of Lucca, Italy. Having Easter Dinner with a Greek family on the remote island of Aegina. Sleeping on a hostel boat in Amsterdam. Going to Disneyland Paris. And lastly, staying with some of the best couch surfers in the world.

Overall, the trip was out of this world.

After the trip I went home for the summer to NY and enjoyed my last summer at Redline Drive-In. I was able to spend most of the summer with my older sister and her family and enjoyed reconnecting with old friends. After two months in NY I moved down to Pittsburgh to start coaching at Point Park. I spent all of last year coaching, working at a local restaurant named Roland's, and bartending a little as well. I worked hard and wasn't sure where exactly I was headed but I loved my first year of coaching. I took a marketing class at Point Park and met a great professor who ended up connecting me to the department she worked in and I was then hired full time to work for the School of Business. Now, the plan is to get an MBA and then eventually get back on the road. Who knows, maybe my adventures will be spent on vacation days. Maybe I'll get a job in Puerto Rico. Maybe I will get a job that pays me to travel. I'm still not sure… I'm still just living an adventure.

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