So, as I’m waiting to board the plane I finally feel like writing again. Some people told me that I would but I didn’t believe them because I just haven’t felt very motivated or inspired to recently. To be honest, I haven’t kept up my blog even half as much as I’d have liked but I suppose that’s the way things go when you’re having a busy semester full of ups and downs.
One of the recent ‘downs’ was having my purse (including money, credit cards, and my driving license) robbed at a party, forcing me to come home two weeks earlier than planned. But who cares about the lowlights? This semester has been bloody amazing! It has really been the best experience ever, I’ve learnt so much about myself, and about how to survive in a completely new culture.
However, as much as I’ve grown to love the quirks of Montevideo and the other beautiful places that I have visited in Uruguay, this really isn’t about the location. It’s about the people. I could have been dumped in any old crappy city, and if I had the people that I’ve had here, I would’ve coped just fine. Thank you to all of the friends I’ve made in Uruguay, both Uruguayan and International. I’m glad to say that I am now good friends with such hilarious and lovable people. My roommate in particular became less like a friend and more like a sister, I don’t know how two people can be inseparable 24/7 for a whole semester and only annoy each other like once. But I do know that it’s like cutting off a limb to leave her behind in Montevideo, it’s going to be a weird and sad process to learn how to function on my own again. (I’ve already cried so much more than I expected to) Even now sitting in the airport it feels so lonely, I can’t remember the last time there was so much silence, I think we spent pretty much the entire four months just nattering constantly. We had so many great times, and even in the worst ones, we still managed to laugh until our stomachs hurt. (Hele: I will miss you so much, and I know it will never be the same, but I promise we have so many great times to look forward to.)
Going home is going to be so exciting, I can’t wait to see everyone that I love again and spend these festive couple of months with them. Over time, I’m sure my semester in Uruguay will crystallise into something surreal, just an incredible collection of memories for me to treasure forever. As things settle back to normal and I watch the people of my town going about their normal everyday lives, it will seem like all is just the same as it was when I left. But I know that’s not true, so much has changed. For one thing my comfort zone has expanded massively… move across the world all alone for half a year? Been there, done that. What’s next?
But by far the biggest difference is that the world is suddenly a whole lot smaller. Every place I want to see and person I’d like to visit seems like it’s more realistically within my grasp now. So, to all of you amazing people, I couldn’t have asked to spend this semester with anyone better, and (don’t know where, don’t know when, but) I know the opportunity will come for us to meet again.
It’s not really goodbye, it’s just see you soon. 🙂