It has officially been a year since I arrived in Australia for my six months study abroad adventure. I have been thinking about it a lot lately. It is hard to believe that a whole year has already passed. Sometimes it is hard to believe how time flies. When I think about it, having started a new year, I realized that I spent nearly half a year on my own in a foreign country. That is both amazing and empowering. Initially after my stay in Australia, I reflected on everything I had experienced. But even still, now after all this time, I am still reflecting on my adventure. All this reflection makes me appreciate the country more and more each day. It makes me just want to travel more.
I am not the only one who is sentimental about my time in Australia. I have friends I feel very close to that live all over the world. A few in particular, one in New York and two from Australia, I am very fond of. These are friendships that I hope will last forever. Thank God for Facebook, because we are constantly keeping up with each other, reminding ourselves of inside jokes and making plans for the future. One of my Aussie friends is making plans to come on exchange (the equivalent of our study abroad) for eight months at a university in Boston. After that, she wants to live and work in the United States for a year. My other Aussie friend plans to take a month long holiday to the United States once she turns twenty one. All these plans culminate with a trip to Vegas that the four of us planned months ago.
Time flies by fast and I do not want to forget any of these memories. I love looking at old photos, my blog posts and talking with friends to keep these memories alive. I would like to revisit everywhere I went in Australia and travel to new locations, at some point. I would like to take along more family members to show them the beauty of this awesome country. I am happy that my friends will be visiting me in the near future. Because, let’s be honest…most times, Skyping someone is just not enough!