So “Baketember” has finished; I hope you all enjoyed the 7 little recipes that I posted. I had so much fun making them anyway!
This blog post will probably be my last one for a little while as today I’m moving to Granada in Spain for my year abroad. As you’re reading this, I’m actually on the plane to Málaga with my dad, fretting over where I have to pick my apartment keys up from and trying to get good footage of the monotonous “paisaje” below for my vlog- despite my dad insisting on sitting in the window seat! Selfish…
It’s a very daunting process to go through, moving. However for me this has been my life since I was born; moving from one house, one town, one set of friends, to the next every few years. My mum is a property developer and so we’d move into one house, renovate it and then move out again once it was complete. I guess that’s allowed me to let go of things easily and embrace changes by looking for the positives and how the whole thing can be made exciting instead of completely nerve-wracking.
I’ll be studying in Granada from September to the end of January, so just over a semester. From then I’ll come back to the UK for a couple of weeks before completing the year in Rome. I’ve never been to either of these cities before but have travelled around Spain and Italy so they’re not completely new countries at least.
I’ve wanted to live in Spain my whole life, and am incredibly excited at the prospect of being able to speak Spanish every day as I find English quite a harsh sounding language. Spanish is so much more fluid, descriptive and beautiful to my ear. I’m also looking forward to improving my Italian as I enjoy learning it but I’m hardly a natural. Plus, it’s the home of pasta, pizza and red wine so I’m going to be in heaven!! – apologies in advance to my body, you’re going to be absolutely ruined by all the carbs I’m afraid!
I’m not trying to say that I don’t have any fears whatsoever about this whole experience; it’s obviously going to be really difficult on mine and Tom’s relationship. Despite the fact that we technically do go to uni in different countries now, with him being in Wales and me in England, I’m sure that it’s really going to feel like we are miles apart now. I’m not one of these girls who wear their boyfriend like a second skin and feel the need to spend every waking moment with them, I’m extremely independent and it’s something that I pride myself on, but at the same time it’s going to be really different living so far apart. However, one of the reasons that I picked going to Spain over South America was the fact that we can visit each other more frequently if I stay within Europe, and so we’ll get to see each other almost once a month, which is the same as we do now during uni term times.
Overall it’s going to be a huge adjustment, especially with my anxiety, but I know I can manage it and make sure that I have a killer time. This isn’t a chance that everyone gets in their university career and I want to savour the opportunity to make new friends and see new places, and do something that I’ve dreamed of for years.
Wish me luck!
Lots of Love,