It is a Bittersweet Symphony this life.

Well, this is probably the last time I will be writing about how fun my studying abroad experience was unless I will write about how it feel to be in USA (which I will not do). It has been a really great semester and right now I am in London which is my last stop before I head back to Holland Michigan.

When the semester started I was confused and nervous of how it will be to live in a country and a continent that was so strange to me. Things progressed as time passed and by the time I was very comfortable with the surrounding and the people around me it was time to leave. Knowing that it is time to leave is always a bittersweet feeling; on one hand I have learnt so much about Europe, the European Union (apparently more than any people who actually live here), met a lot of new people, and travelled so many new places, and on the other hand I am leaving a lot of good friends I have met in the past several months not knowing when we would meet again. In a way I knew that this was coming but the people who I shared the past few months with will always be special because let’s face it, I will not be travelling all over Europe with the same 52 people ever again (unless).

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Me telling you how good it was can go on forever so if you really think that I am right then you should try it for yourself. Just find a place you want to travel and learn the culture, get out of your comfort zone, and in the end you will discover places, people, and most importantly yourself too. I would recommend it to anyone who I will talk to as this has been the most amazing few months of my life. I will probably try and send my kids abroad too.

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One more thing that I realized was that there was a question on my first day of orientation in Freiburg which asked me one place I really wanted to go to. I had written Anfield which is the football stadium for my favorite football team since I was a kid. Since I have a Nepalese passport I knew that getting to UK and to Liverpool was going to be hard but yesterday I managed to get there and it was a very emotional time. Today I have just been contemplating how far I have come from the day I left Holland and ready to go back. It has been a great time writing about all that I have done and if you ever see me in the sidewalks of Hope college please come by and ask me how it actually was. I will make sure not to take a lot of your time because in the end it was all amazing.

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