The highlands of Scotland. My new home for the next 4 months. Even though it’s not really travelling, it’s still a new adventure! And after just 4 days, it’s already been a whole different experience than previous times..
Starting back home. Instead of packing a backpack, strategically thinking how to pack and bringing only necessary things, I could fill up a suitcase and a half. I didn’t have to think about special items I had to take with me as I did before Bali. Didn’t have to be worried of forget something because I’m not moving to a 3rd world country. I’m not even leaving Europe! Even saying goodbye to my friends and family was different. Not only are farewells getting more “easy” ( I really believe farewells are never easy, you just learn how to handle them better each time), it didn’t even feel like saying goodbye. It felt more like I was going on a holiday.
Even my leaving day was different. No panic what so ever if I hadn’t forgotten anything, no butterflies in my stomach (ok, just not as many) and no emotional farewells at the airport. My mom actually came with me for the so called “college drop-off”. So instead of crying my eyes out at the Starbucks, I actually smiled at the boy behind the counter, ordering two coffees instead of one.
The first few days felt like a city trip, the idea of me really living here for the next few months not really sinking in. After picking up my room keys and unpacking my bag, we walked around town, went to the beach and did some shopping. Even saying farewell to my mom, (the hardest farewells of all time), passed without a tear.
Now here I am, living the Scottish student life. Already freezing my ass off without working central heating. Staring my eyes out during Freshers Week parties. Meeting new people from throughout the U.K. and beyond. School hasn’t started yet but I’m sure that as well will be different from Holland. So many new experiences once again and I’m soaking it all up.