Okaaaay so here are a few iPhone snaps from my most recent trip! For Spring Break, my friends and I decided to go to Budapest, Vienna and Prague. Will post more on this SOON! 

Missing Home

Whenever something bad happens at home it makes being away that much harder. Trust me, I know all about it. You realize you don’t have that same support system that you’ve spent your whole life building. I’m not saying you’re going through the journey alone, but sometimes it feels that way. 

Okay so enough moping, how does one get through this?!?!

  1. Surround yourself with people that DO care about you 
  2. Make yourself busy
  3. Go on adventures (plan trips, travel lots)
  4. Exercise (Ya, this one is harder than the others, especially with cold, Scottish weather)
  5. Eat healthy (and delicious) food
  6. Talk to your loved ones from home every so often
  7. Don’t dwell on things you cannot change
  8. Read books (lots and lots of books)
  9. Clean your room (I promise it helps)
  10. SLEEP. Seriously. Sleep makes everything better. This is the most important rule in my opinion. It may be a defence mechanism, but I don’t care what anyone says. If you sleep on it, any problem won’t seem so bad the next day. 

These are tips and tricks that work for me on days where I’m feeling down. Everyone has those moments or days where things just aren’t going your way. You may wish you could just pack your bags and head back on over the Atlantic. You just have to know that you’re not alone in your homesickness and things will get better. 

xxx

                                           Things that I miss

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                                           ^^^ Mum and I ^^^

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                                         ^^^ My beautiful city ^^^

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                               ^^^ The cutest puppy around ^^^

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                     ^^^ The best friends you could ask for ^^^

More of my favourite pictures from Amsterdam 

We are (still) the lucky ones(!!)

I feel like I’ve been dreaming about this experience my whole life. I’ve always kind of known that I was meant to travel the world. I can almost feel the need to explore inside my bones. It’s like an overwhelming urge to experience new cultures and meet new people.

I’ve always loved change and I get bored really easily when things are too comfortable. I started noticing it when I was in high school. I wouldn’t try at all if I thought something was easy. I always wanted the challenge and if I didn’t get it I would just walk away. 

Studying abroad is a new type of challenge and it is different for each person. But that is what makes it special and exciting. You learn so much about yourself and I really think that each and every person who goes through this experience comes out the other side better off. It may be scary but you will be so happy and proud of yourself when it is all over. 

In a week and a half my friends and I head to Budapest, Vienna and Prague. How lucky are we?? I think it will be the first time on this adventure that I will be in a country that is completely different from mine. Apart from people joking around about funny words or sayings we say, Scotland seems to be pretty similar to Vancouver. 

                                        European Shenanigans:

Stereotype party!!!! ^^^ Seriously hilarious! 

Can you spot the Canadians?? ^^^

Hanging out with a friend I met in Iceland who now lives in Dublin!! ^^^ How ridiculously random is that?! It amazes me all the time at how small the world really is. I still can’t believe how lucky I am. 

I shall post more later once I get back from Spring Break!! xx

I fell in love with Amsterdam the second I arrived. It was just something about the people; they were so stylish and beautiful. The buildings, all slightly slanted and worn down, and yet so perfect. The canals, the bicycles, and don’t even get me started on the pancakes. 

It was one of those places that just felt like it fit. I could see myself sitting in cafes, eating pancakes (obviously), biking through the city, over the bridges. Wandering through the museums, past all the tourists. 

I only had three days there, but that was enough for me to know that I would return one day. 

Some iPhone snaps from my recent trip to Amsterdam! Will post more on that later… 

We Are the Lucky Ones…

What can I say? I am so incredibly grateful to have this opportunity to study in Scotland. Traveling has always been my favourite thing to do and this allows me to do what I love while still working towards my future. 

I was so nervous to stay somewhere for such a long time without being able to leave whenever things got sticky or complicated or just plain weird. I thought I wouldn’t make friends or that I would want to move on to somewhere new. I was so wrong. Study abroad brings people together, you get to learn about new cultures and see and do things that just aren’t possible in your home country.

I’ve explored castles, visited the home of the Lochness Monster, I even tried haggis (Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs); minced with onionoatmealsuet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock,) and traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach and simmered for approximately three hours). Yuck! Well it actually wasn’t that bad, and hey! When in Scotland, do as the Scottish do, right? 

We just booked a flight to Dublin for £14!!! I haven’t even been here a month and I already know that I made the right decision when I decided to study abroad. More plans for the semester: a weekend in Edinburgh,  Amsterdam,  Dublin, Hungary, Czech Republic and Austria, Paris,  London, Spain, Portugal and Morocco!!

My favourite quote is by a man called F. Scott Fitzgerald. He wrote, “It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed is you.” I don’t know why this quote always stuck with me. When I returned home after nine months of backpacking, everything was exactly the way I left it. The only difference was I didn’t feel like I belonged anymore. Home will always be home, but I knew that there was so much out there for me to experience. 

It can be a scary thing, entering into the big unknown. Sure, it will be different. You won’t have all the comforts of home at your disposal, you may be unsure of yourself sometimes. These are normal feelings. But when you push through all of that; all the fear, all of the worrying. That’s when you are free, and freedom is a pretty special thing. It allows you to change, grow, and to think for yourself. You get to do the things you’ve always dreamed about, that maybe you didn’t think were possible. 

Taking part in the study abroad experience will change your life (if you let it).