Written 20th June 2017
I have an hour and a half before my study abroad year is officially over and I land back on UK soil. I never thought I’d be one of those exchange students who go home early especially cause I’m not particularly homesick and winter in Australia is definitely the most pleasant winter I’ve ever had. If it wasn’t for my exams finishing early, flights being cheap and my birthday is coming up, I wouldn’t even bother leaving early as I would’ve loved to drag out my time in Australia as much as possible.
It was sad leaving early. I didn’t feel ready to say goodbye to the friends I made especially with the uncertainty of never seeing them again. I almost wish I did my whole degree at Macquarie just so I’d have more time to really appreciate Australia and meet more Australians. I have really enjoyed my stay and even though a year is supposedly a long time, this year has really felt like a minute.
I remember my first day; I dove straight into exploring Sydney, visiting the coffee festival at Circular Quay, seeing the Opera House for the first time, meeting so many new people and making new friends, getting the ferry for the first time and almost falling asleep cause of jet lag, and eating ice cream along the harbour in “winter” with new friends and a new sense of home and adventure. Now as I leave I know I will never forget my time studying abroad, visiting “neighbouring” countries and making memories that will last me a lifetime.
I will definitely come back, there’s still so much I haven’t seen and haven’t done. This chapter of my life might be ending but this is only the start of my travels.
Thanks Australia for the life lessons, the great memories and a new perspective. Until next time.