It's interesting how memory works. All day today I was seeing people I hadn't seen for two weeks and going through the whole, 'hey, how are you, how was your vacation' thing. And I told them all: Fantastic! Amazing! Berlin is awesome! And Poland is, too!
And I remember it really positively. I mean, it was a totally cool trip.
But if I think back on it, a lot of the minutes were really kind of crappy. My feet hurt almost all of the time. Despite being very good at languages, I have a total complex about speaking them, specifically about having someone get fed up and switch to English, so I tend to avoid contexts where this might happen - which includes restaurants. So I kept a terrible eating schedule and was often under-energized. I instantly disliked the only German person I met in a social context. And one of the operas I saw was *terrible.* (Ok, but it was so hilariously awful that it's becoming part of the vacation narrative.)
Still, though - this vacation was so great! I totally want to go back.
My essay questions for you: Do your vacations suck in the same ways, or different ways, or are you incredibly cool, well-adjusted, and pain-free? And do you focus on the good parts? I mean, I'm not just trying to convince people that it was good so I can feel better about myself. It really was awesome.