The thought “what the hell am I doing here” has definitely crossed my mind a couple of times since I’ve arrived. It’s weird, packing up and moving across the world for a year’s worth of who knows what (especially for the first time). But then I think about what the hell I am doing here, and things are good again. Of course I am doing this! I have taken the opportunity to go live in the centre of one of the world’s most renowned cities and be immersed in a new culture with a whole whack of kids from around the world doing the same thing, and that’s pretty amazing. I still don’t know too many people, I don’t understand the language, and I get lost every single freakin’ time I try to get somewhere new, but that’s okay. That’s what this whole study abroad thing is about.
Since my people from home have all left, things have been moving slowly. Yesterday, a few of us exchange students met up for about four hours and truly all we did was eat ice cream, and then drink coffee. It’s been nice having things move a bit slower than usual, spending a lot of time with yourself can be good. I know soon I will have too many things to do, so I am trying to embrace this feeling.
Words from Evan, the funniest and happiest bartender-slash-professional-skeleton-racer one could ever meet have crossed my mind many times since I’ve left: I haven’t figured out the formula yet, though I know the equation exists for self gain in travel and distance from home. It will be difficult only occasionally, and rewarding often. Life is weird. I will keep working on the equation, there are just so many variables, but I will let you know if I can land a rough draft.
Okay, that is all from me for now. xx
Send me your addresses, friends! I like writing postcards. Also I can give you my address and we can have some old school communication goin’ on. Cool.