It has been a little more than 2 months since I took off from Changi Airport in an airplane to somewhere far, far away. They say time will fly during exchange, but it feels like I have done so much during such a short period. I have stepped foot on various countries across Europe already, and did my virgin solo trip as well! (got so much to talk about travelling solo) The life of independence has truly sunk in, being 9,600km away from home. All of the above are experiences cannot be described by words, and life abroad has been nothing short of amazing and awesome.
Keep learning about the world, breaking your own boundaries, and have so much fun you don’t even want to go back home.
The above has been the essence of my exchange so far. Fears back when I haven’t left Singapore has been extinguished and are long gone. Okays not exactly every single fear, but interestingly enough, the feeling of being homesick hasn’t set in yet. I do admit it can get lonely at times, and you wish that there’s someone that you can go with or share on this forever wanderlust. Seeing several groups of people who have the luxury of having close friends in the same country or close enough proximity to be able to travel together, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t jealous. Reminder to self: everyone has their own unique exchange experience, so embrace everything that is given to you. It may be too early to tell, but when I go back you will realise of certain aspects of life that you take for granted and cherish more.
My first steps into Europe really had an enchanting feeling to the heart, and from there I can never turn back. The wanderlust have never stopped ever since, as travel became a necessity during any possible breaks during the school term. I have been lucky enough to be in a university with light workload modules, which allows me to do short trips to nearby countries. A major plus is that my modules are compressed into 3 months so I’ll be done by the end of November (yays to more travelling haha). It’s quite absurd that I could go back to SG so early, but of course no fucking way I’m going back so fast HAHAHA.
Moving onto the first solo trip… solo travelling has been something I always wanted to do. I just didn’t foresee myself doing it so fast, but I was faced with a “week long break” so I told myself that I would do it. They say the first time is always the hardest, so I don’t know where all the bravery came from, much less in a complete foreign environment. Taking everything into account, it was something I glad I have done and I was blessed with a smooth maiden solo adventure. I really had the opportunity to converse with several people with diverse backgrounds (There was a retired Canadian couple who literally sold their house and went on a 3 month long holiday). Travelling can get so contagious as you want to be exposed to more new experiences; and I have 2 more solo trips lined up already HAHA.
The scariest thing about being so far away is that you never know whether people miss you or forget about you. It also makes you wonder if your presence to someone or in a certain place ever mattered. I know that not everyone will agree that people have to “do something” because you just assume the best, so thanks to the few who have been reassuring with their words and actions. Inspiration to dance has been very low, as reasons I told myself to stay and continue has been turning against me. If it wasn’t for throwback and the sister’s birthday, I would have without any doubt extended my stay in Europe. Most of the fun in dance is to practice and improve together as a group, so that element being missing really sucks a lot. Time to create my own inspiration perhaps?
Finally posted something here after a 2.5 month hiatus, and I believe there will be more to share as time passes. It’s revitalising to know that I wouldn’t be doing any mid-semester rants about school if I was still stuck in NUS. However, you can’t get the best of both worlds, really cold here (single digit temperature whole day), and it won’t be long till I hit sub-zero. Omg never would I have thought that I would miss the heat, no idea if I will be able to survive the weather in December. I’m forced into hibernation mode here, so it’s a sign to go into regular evening run mode when I’m back.
68/155 (according to local time hahas); so I’m almost at the halfway mark! Whatever decisions I make in the future, make sure that it makes myself happy. Live the moment and don’t be afraid of trying, because this is what exchange is supposed to be; trying new things everyday. Take a deep breath if the day doesn’t go your way. Remember how lucky I am to be able to have this opportunity to explore the world. Every feeling that comes about; let them in as they will allow you yo grow and make you a better person.
P.S. To all my lurkers here, please skype me when you all are ever free hahaha. I would love to know how you’re doing.