Over the past few days as my time in Sweden begins to run out, my thoughts have been increasingly focused on home. I’ve had some really great conversations with friends and family back in Australia, and I’m starting to look forward to being with them again.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved every minute of my time away. I feel so privileged to be able to develop my skills and talents in a new environment that can support me. I feel honoured to have been able to further build up my networks with interesting and diverse people. I feel like the friends I have made with other exchange students will be rewarding in years to come.
However despite this, I think Dorothy might have been right: there’s no place like home.
I am looking forward to being able to hug my parents and my brothers. To be able to chill in the Flinders Tavern with my uni friends. To be able to catch up with the guys from the Barossa, and the Southerners too! And I am really looking forward to the week at the beach-house that I will spend with my old school mates, just like we do every year.
I hope that one day I will return to see people here in Europe, either for further study, on business, or just to catch up as friends. I pray that the fond memories that I have of my time with people here will not be forgotten, but that when we are reunited we will be able to relive them all over again. I suppose the wonders of the internet will help us to keep in touch! Never before has communication been so easy!
Every New Year’s Eve I wonder what the coming year will bring. Every time, I never cease to be amazed and surprised! I never would have imagined what I would have achieved and experienced in 2011. I certainly didn’t expect to be travelling once again. It will be interesting to see what future years will hold!