I’m leaving tomorrow to go back to Swansea and as usual it’s a weird transition. Every time that I only have a few days before I fly back is strange. I’m happy to go back, it’s just hard to take everything in knowing that I won’t be here for a few months again. It’s somewhat daunting. Nonetheless, I am totally fine once I get there. Home doesn’t seem that far away over there.
In retrospect, the week before I leave is always great. I see people, I do things, and I try to take it all in. But then I think, did I spend my time how I wanted to? Did I appreciate everything? And the longer I live in Wales the more I think, am I too American to be British and too British to be American? And basically the only thing for me to do then is to go to a cafe, get some caffeine down my throat, play a little music, and reflect. Bottom line, it’s scary but exhilarating. It’s life.
My Christmas break has been nice. I saw a few movies, all of which I wholly recommend (Joy, The Revenant, and The Big Short), I went up north to Bemidji for a few days, I saw some of my friends and family, and I did some pretty good shopping. I forgot how to dress for the cold weather but after a few failed attempts I slowly got the hang of it again. I noticed that I don’t feel as Minnesotan when I look at other Minnesotans. Being gone for that long does that to you I guess.
Another bottom line: time doesn’t fly until you realise that it has. Life goes on and you have to go with it.
Because I didn’t write at all this semester, I should probably catch you all up. Second year has been better than first in some ways. Probably because I’m more comfortable here and the culture shock is mostly gone. I joined two societies (clubs): baking and tv. Both are right up my alley, and somehow I even became the treasurer for the baking society! In SUTV we make a lot of cool stuff and writing for it is something I’m getting into. I also hope to write more in this blog in 2016.
Last bottom line: just because it isn’t easy doesn’t mean it’s not worth it.
Let’s see what’s in store for 2016, shall we?
P.S. I’m now halfway through university!