Today was the start of Oktoberfest and my last morning in New York City, so I joined friends at Zum Schneiders’ German restaurant on Avenue C for lunch and drinks. It was a fitting goodbye, since I just missed all the Oktoberfest festivities in Portland. I’m sitting at JFK waiting for my plane to board…Â I’ll miss my friends, the aimless wandering, the loads of grafitti layering every surface, the bars that stay open until 4.a.m., feeling the electricity and energy hum in every corner of the city, squishing into subway cars, the lack of perfection and new-ness that adds to the old world charm, a separate store for everything imaginable (instead of suburban superstores that lack soul), and the sense that anything is possible.But, I feel okay because I know that goodbye isn’t forever and Lee Z will be waiting for me at the Portland airport and I have school and work (yeah, they actually let me take a three week hiatus!) and an internship I’ve been excited to start for weeks now. It’s going to be a hard adjustment, but I think I’m ready, I think it’s what I need right now. Nine months (three semesters) left until I am free of school, free of a lot of things. By then, I hope I’ll be ready to move on with the next chapter of my life.