Packing my life in boxes.. again

2 years ago I had the challenge of packing what had been my entire life for the last 19 years. I moved out of the house I had called my home for my entire life. I left everything I had ever known, my comfort zone, where I knew every km of the city I grew up in. And what a feeling that was.

Here I am, 2 year later in another country. Ive called Scotland my home for the last year, and will do so for another 3. But my time in student halls only lasted for a year, and Ive been so grateful for all the experiences Ive had here. Though it have been challenging at many times, and might not be the living condition Id chose again in the future it has been such a great year. Not only did I start a new chapter of my life as a university student, I also found myself to get to know a completely new city, a new country and a very new accent (scottish was not easy to understand in the beginning I can tell you!)

So even though its a quite different experience since last time, as I know I will come back soon and Im not leaving with the uncertainty I had when I left Paris, its always something different when you reach the end of something. To stand around in my nearly empty room, probably cleaner than it has been the entire year, and somehow so empty. Its almost hard to imagine that this 13m has been the place Ive found rest and felt most myself for the past 9 months. Having said goodbye to so many people, I do not know if Ill see again. And soon Ill be living in a new place that will somehow end up giving me the exact same feeling. Of course your home isn’t just a room or a flat, but the fact that a place that I entered as a complete stranger ended up being the place I loved cuddling up with a book in on a rainy Sunday, had my friends over for pancake mornings or even just woke in with my morning cup of coffee every single morning, feeling happy while looking over my 5th floor view. Its something. Something to wonder about when you’re at the end of it all, wondering if you got the best out of it you could. If I wasted too many moments in front of Netflix, too many talks complaining over my messy flatmates or just too many wishes for the future to happen sooner.

But no matter how many thoughts go through my mind as I sit here on my very last evening on 76 Old Hawkhill in Dundee, I have to be honest and tell you, surrounded by suitcases and empty drawers, that this year has been sich an incredible year and a truly great start to university life in Scotland. Im looking forward to coming back in September for sure (though I will definitely enjoy the next 2 months stress and essay free.

A year later?!

Almost a year has passed since my last post, and oh my goodness a lot has happened since then!

First of all I wanna say Im sorry that I never another blog post – sp many of you have been sending me very kind messages in the last year, asking me if I was ever gonna write on my blog again or what?! And even though I have wanted to do it when receiving every single message, I just haven’t felt that passionately about my blog since starting university in September last year. Ive been thinking a lot about whether I wanted to continue, or just delete it? But as you probably can guess by this post, I decided to get back into writing – and oh boy have I missed it!

Though my theme and so on has changed a lot, Im still up for writing about my travels (though they might be a bit more rare, as you know #brokenstudentlife) but Ill also be writing about my university experience, how it is to study in Scotland etc. And I AM excited to get back into it all! Im currently packing everything into boxes yet again, which my next post will be all about, so remember to keep posted x

7 fun facts about Scottish culture

Hi darlings!

I cannot I’ve now been in Dundee for 1 month! I gotta say I really love living in the sunniest city in Scotland, and even though being a university student can be quite challenging at times, I love every part of it! However, the scottish culture is quite different from what I’m used to, and I’ve here chosen the 10 funniest facts I’ve discovered so far:

  1. Bagpupes and kilts. t’s the typical, scottish cliché, but like all the cheesy quotes you so often see in movies, it comes from truth. Here at University of Dundee e.g. you’ll see someone standing in a kilt, playing the bagpipe for all bigger event.
  2. Haggis. Haggis is the real taste of Scotland, and I got say that as long as you’re not thinking about what it really is, it taste pretty good. Haggis is a dish made of a sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in sheep’s stomach for about three hours. Delicious right?!
  3. Tatties, bampot and other scottish words. The scottish accent is something we’ve all heard of, but how about the scottish words? I can tell you I’ve been repeating the word “what?” a lot of times since I arrived here, because the scottish have a lot of their own words, very different from the american or british Im used to!
  4. Scotland has the highest amount of redheads in the world. And it’s something you really notice once you walk around in the cities etc.
  5. Scotland’s national animal is a unicorn. I find that really cool though (Denmark’s is just a swan – boring right?)
  6. It was the Scots were the ones to invest golfing, and the city St Andrews (which is really close to Dundee btw) is considered to be the city home for golf. Loads of famous people come there to golf, Obama has been there, and Jamie Dornan is there now!
  7. Scotland has 3 officially recognized language: English (of course), Scottish Gaelic and Scots. Maybe that’s also why they have so many of their own, special words?

That’s what I’ve got so far – what did you think about it? Anything surprising? I definitely was!

xx

 

14 days in Scotland or My fresher’s week

Hi darlings!

It’s been ages since my last post, and so much has happened since! As you might have seen on my Instagram or snapchat I’ve been road tripping around Europe, and last Saturday I officially moved into my University Accommodation! So much has happened in the last week, I’ve never been so confused before, but I’m also having the time of my life!

I left Denmark August 26, arrived in Dundee September 2nd and Monday my semester is starting. The last two weeks have went by in a blur and I’ve done so many things! First off with the roadtrip, we went first thing to Amsterdam, then Newcastle then Scotland. I’ve been to so many new places (a vlog is coming up soon) This week has included meeting a lot of new people, getting used to new accents (the Scottish one!!)  and a new university. But even though  I’ve only been here a week, I already feel like home and I’m sure my stay here at University of Dundee is going to be amazing. I also feel like after my year in Paris, there are so many things I’m more prepared for. Eg getting used to a new culture, city and language, which I couldn’t have been if I hadn’t already experienced all that.

I’m a bit nervous starting with my courses this Monday though. I mean I haven’t been studying for a whole year, it’s going to be difficult to get started again. At the same time, I’m really looking forward to it – I’ve missed being in school. How about you guys? Have any of you started at University or a new school? How are you finding it?

xx

University up next or When there’s 1 week left

Hello darlings!

I’m currently writing in the lovely Danish weather – meaning I’m hiding inside with a cup of chocolate, listening to rain falling outside. It’s still so different to be back home, but I guess I better get used to the weather again since it’s mostly the same in Scotland.

These past 5 weeks have passed so fast, and I cannot believe I’m only 1 week away from beginning my next adventure: University! My lovely parents are going to drive me all the way, so we’re making a holiday out of the long trip, starting with a night in Amsterdam, exactly one week from now.

As I’ve said, again and again, my gap year in Paris was my best decision so far. But I’m really looking forward to going to university and to be studying again. It’s gonna be rough to start again, after a year where I haven’t’ done much, but I’m also expecting to get some unforgettable years. For starters, I’m finaæly getting my own place. Or partly, since I’ll be moving into university accommodation. I’ll get my own room and bathroom (thank God), but I’ll be sharing the kitchen with some lovely ladies. I think it’s going to be great to share a bit and be able to socialize, but I’m so happy for the fact that I’ll try for the first time ever, to be more or less completely on my own.

I’m not sure I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ll be studying English and history as joint honors, and I’m SO excited. I’m expecting a letter and my first book TBR soon, and I’ve really started to realize that this is happening. I’m moving to Scotland, I’m going to study at a university. I’m going to leave Denmark once again. To be honest, I’m living the life that I have been dreaming of.

How about you guys, anyone else excited about university too? About studying and moving away from home?

I’m working on something new which I cannot wait to reveal for you!! But you have to be patient for a bit longer before I’ll release it for you.. 😉

That’s all for now xx
Bisous

 

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How to pack for university accommodation Or my checklist

Hello darlings!

Time is flying faster than ever, and in just about 3 weeks I’ll be leaving my hometown in Denmark once again. I’m so excited for university-life, and even though it’s still weeks away, I’ve already started packing – after all it’s the first time I’ll actually be living on my own. With my own plates and forks and knives and everything! I know I’m not a “grown up yet”, but there’s something about having your own stuff for the first time. Do you guys get excited about this stuff too?

However, I know packing for this big moment in your “grown-up” life can be very hard and challenging, and to help myself I’ve made the ultimately packing-list, and I thought I’d share it with you! Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion or any questions you might have! xx

 

 

 

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The good, the bad and the things in between

Hello darlings!

First of all, I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last post! As many of you might have seen on my instagram, I’ve been on holiday in the lovely South of France for the last 2 weeks, with such a bad connection, it was impossible for me to post a new post. Forgive me xx
But now I’m back in my old bedroom. The house I’ve lived in for 19 years, where I know every single inch and sound. My family still lives here, with their same jobs and school, and it’s like nothing has changed at all. Except for me.
Everything looks the same, but it doesn’t feel the same. As I’ve written in many of my posts, this year abroad has made me very different. I’ve grown a lot, and I came back as a different person. I guess that’s why it’s so weird and abnormal to be back again, because it’s as if nothing has changed. When really, everything has changed.

Leaving Paris was so hard. Saying goodbye to my host family (especially the kids!), saying goodbye to my friends and Paris. Coming home to the quiet life I lived before can be very difficult. However, I’m so grateful I’ll start my new adventure soon, when I’ll be going to Scotland for university. I think it’s very important to have something to look forward to, or a goal you’d like to receive , when you have lived such a different lifestyle for so long. I have many friends who have also had a year off this year, traveling and leaving their comfort zone – all of them have had a difficult time readjusting to their lives in Denmark. And what we all agree on, what really helps, is to have something more than just going back your old life.  You have to find a new way in the life you used to live, but you’re not the person who lived that life anymore.

I believe it’s very important to remember all the good times, the memories and all the experiences you now have with you. Everything you learned. I think the most important thing I learned, was the fact that life never turns out as you planned it. You can prepare yourself as much as you want, you can even have the “big plan” for how you want everything to go. But no matter how hard you try, surprises are gonna come, things are gonna go right and wrong, and in the end it doesn’t matter anyway. Be cause isn’t it all the unplanned events and surprises that make it worthwhile in the end? Sometimes you just gotta let go of yourself, and that’s when the magic really happens.

Okay, I know I’ve been going a lot on the clichés lately, but stay with me. I cannot start to let you know how true this is. I don’t know if you’re like me, but I like to stay in control. I like to organize and plan, and prepare myself for everything. And that’s exactly why this year was so amazing for me, and why I come home as a different person. I put myself out there, and I lost control over and over again – and I’d do it all over again.

So I guess what I’m saying is, it’s not gonna be easy. Coming back home, trying to find a new way to live in your old life. And you’re going to be sad, probably cry a couple of nights. But when you get settled in again and you get to reflect and realize how amazing this year was, you’re going to end up more happier than you were before. You did it. And nothing can ever take that from you.

That’s all for now! Bisous xx