With the approval of my student visa, I check off the last item on my to-do list before I fly off to Spain for a year, going back to the student life. It sparked off as a crazy idea and took an entire year to prepare for. With less than a month to my departure, it still feels surreal as I scramble to tie up all the loose ends.
2015 had been a year of letting go. Of a job that I loved but no longer satisfied me, of a sizeable income, of a shiny lifestyle that came with the job, of most things material. I learnt humility, frugality, patience, and above all, the importance of hustling for money. No one is too high and mighty when you don't know when/where your next pay check is coming in/from. But I am happy and contented. Even the downs don't seem as depressing when your heart is in the right place.
2016 will be a year of exploration. With my moving away, I hope to move away from my very sheltered life and learn independence. To learn to wash my own clothes, cook my own meals, clean my own (argh already) bathroom. But also, to eat an Italian pizza, drink Spanish sangria, watch a west end musical, hike in the Alps, and perhaps chase some auroras.
My dear friends, whichever part of the world we may be in, don't be a stranger. Stay in touch.
PS: I'm also on