Accept that dogs are everywhere, so you might aswell become kindred spirits!
It’s been a while since my last post. Read here if you’re yet to delve into my picture-heavy, Galapagos post – it’s worth it! For a while, I’ve wanted to do a post about the realities of studying abroad, because whilst being in a new environment is amazing – there are some things/situations I have faced whilst being here, which are all part of the experience and I know I’m not the only one who can relate to everything I’m going to mention. Also, this is the perfect opportunity to showcase some photos from my latest travels. 🙂 So, here goes:
1. Having to do a presentation in front native speakers, in their language is certainly character building. Ok, that’s very dramatic, but it is definitely a humbling experience. Even though I’ve been learning Spanish for ages, I still find it, at times intimidating, having to speak to native speakers and do presentations in front of them. But I’ve learnt that at the end of the day, you just have to push through and do it! Plus, learning a language is all about continuously putting yourself out there, even when you don’t feel like it.
2. Weekends are for TRAVEL! Seeing as much as you can > achieving perfect grades.
3. It’s bound to happen. Picture this: you’re having a conversation, you laugh awkwardly and the person looks at you wondering why you’re laughing because they have asked you a question and you haven’t responded ?? Lool! This has happened many times and will continue to, I’m sure (lol), so, I’ve just learned to accept it TBH.
4. Unparalleled kindness – Seeing people in all their goodness. I have experienced so much kindness and warmth from people so far (from random strangers, my sweet landlady, students at USFQ) and whilst it’s by no means been a perfect experience in Ecuador, focusing on the kind moments, is a great way to deal with being in a new country when it gets tough.
5. Appreciating the little things! – Whether it’s having slightly hotter shower than the day before or massive candyfloss (pictured below), being grateful for the little things is a huge step in relishing the overall experience of living abroad and everything that comes with it.
So, those are a few of the realities that I’m sure any year abroad student or anyone who has recently moved to a new country can relate to!
I’m so excited for the next few weeks, I have a VERY special person coming to visit me next week, the end of the semester is in extremely close view (lol!) and my summer travel route plans are coming along nicely, PERU is the next stop and I’m so excited! Definitely keep an eye out, I’m going to continue sharing my travels, stories and experiences along the way. Thanks for your continued support and love!
"Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire" - Unknown