It is really starting to become summer here in Maastricht with the sun not setting until after 9pm and the temperature reaching 25 degrees or above. It is the perfect time for walking around at night and taking in all that Maastricht has to offer before we have to say goodbye.
My exchange journey started in tears saying goodbye to all my friends and family in Perth and I definitely know it will end in tears saying goodbye to all the friends I have made here and the beautiful place I have called home for the last few months. Leaving home to live overseas was so hard at the beginning and the feeling of being alone when I first arrived was so overwhelming I didn’t know if I would be able to make it but within a week of being here all that had gone away and I started to make Maastricht my home.
I will miss so many things about exchange in Maastricht.
- The frites after a night out at cliniq
- Not being able to understand any of the conversations going on around me and being totally fine with this
- Packing my bags every few weeks to explore a new country
- Riding around this beautiful city
- The dutch accent and language
- The constant fun and new experiences that exchange offers
It sounds cliche but I know the friends I have made here will be for life. We all came here knowing nothing about each other so we were able to get to know who everyone is now, not who they have been in the past. They are all so unique and have all taught or shown me something. Michelle has taught me to be grateful for everything we have had the opportunity to experience. Nicol has shown me that everything is attainable if you want it bad enough. Sam has inspired me to be true to myself. Adrienne has motivated me to make the most of every moment and Bel has reminded me to stress less and just enjoy now. I am going to miss these girls so much but I can’t wait for our reunion somewhere in the world 😉
It is not only the people in Maastricht I have appreciated but I have realised how much my friends and family do for me at home. I have missed my Mum, Dad, siblings, friends and boyfriend and have noticed all the little things I rely on them for or that they do for me. I can not thank them all enough for the support that they have given me over this time and I really would not have been able to do this if it wasn’t for them believing that I could.
If you are ever considering going on exchange, JUST DO IT. You will never regret it and the experiences you have will be unforgettable! Leaving home will always be hard and arriving in a foreign city knowing no one is never going to be easy but that part only lasts a week. The next few months will be filled with learning about yourself, learning what you are capable of and what you can achieve, meeting people from all over the world who open your mind up and creating bonds that will last a lifetime. Maastricht I will miss you but thank you to everyone who made this experience so unforgettable ❤