Based in Oxford, England, Allison often is a blog by Allison Brown. Her posts explore creative writing, photography and travel.

Under the Tuscan Moon

Under the Tuscan Moon

I'm a world away from my family and today I feel the distance. I look on the mountains of Tuscany as they look at the beach of California and I wish I were there and wish they were here too. 

This is one of those real honest moments where I offer a glimpse into the heart of study abroad. It is such a beautiful and challenging experience. As cool as the pictures may turn out, it's not always the Lizzie McGuire movie over here. You have hard days and homesick moments. I've been traveling for 8 days now and I long for home. Home for now means a place to unpack my overly full backpack and rest my feet for a while. 9 Canterbury Road will be welcomed with open arms late Sunday night. 

Home feels far. 

I write to you now from Florence, Italy. It was a great day exploring a new city, full of markets and history and works of art. But sometimes, as picturesque and incredible all of these adventures are, I still encounter moments when I just want to sit on my couch in Midland and watch The Office with my siblings. Tears filled my eyes over facetime tonight. Even now, my eyes water at the thought of Midland, Texas. 

I'm sure you all think I'm crazy. How can a girl be sad in Florence? 

I'll be the first to admit I didn't think it'd happen to me. I thought I was immune from the homesickness that makes you cry. But praise God in heaven Alan and Holly arrive to Oxford in 11 days. 

Tonight I go to sleep missing the flatness of Midland and the chips and the salsa and Luigi's and the smell of my house. And I miss  the creaky floors of Oxford and the sandwiches from Taylor's and On the Hoof. 

Tomorrow is a new day under the Tuscan sun. God's mercies are new every day. May I love well and live fully, even when my family is far away. 

Sorry I only blog when I'm homesick and cant sleep. Writing helps, I guess. Anyways I promise I am not sad all the time. I feel better just saying it all outloud. I'll work on writing more about the cool stuff.  

More to come soon about the truly amazing parts of spring break (featuring my Italian cooking class and lots of pics of fashionable Parisians) 

Ciao   

An American in Paris

An American in Paris

NOTHING SHORT OF THANKFUL

NOTHING SHORT OF THANKFUL