Living the adventure
The same time last year Oliver and I decided to pack our bags and move to a historic English town called Canterbury. We knew we both wanted to get new experiences, meet interesting people, travel, learn, and get out of our comfort zones. And that is exactly what happened.
It was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I had ever made, because of everything we got to do and how much it taught me. Everything was as chaotic as the epicenter of a tsunami at first - troubles with finding a place to live, the job search that felt impossible (being a foreigner with no experience in the UK), strange and unpleasant job interview experiences, and also feeling lonely. But persistence truly was the key and things started moving along quite quickly.
Luckily, we found a beautiful place to live in a couple of weeks and made it feel like home. Then, I managed to get my first job and after a few months working there, I actually got an offer to do something I wanted, so I became a marketing assistant for a video production company. It was a 'let's throw her in the pool and see if she can swim' experience and I feel that this is what works best in anyone's case. So it turned out that I could swim, I actually loved it, and I slowly started handling more and more responsibility, which made me want to learn and develop my skills in return.
We also met some amazing people along our way and I believe that having friends with whom you can easily let go and feel exactly like yourself, is the number one thing that makes a place feel like home. If you're reading this, you know who you are and thank you! :)
Another side of this last year, which I'll never forget, is the adventure part. We traveled to so many different cities and also saw London from various perspectives, which makes me smile from ear to ear when I'm writing this post right now. It's not only seeing new places, but experiencing exciting things together, which makes me happy thinking back. Going to different artsy cinemas, visiting museums, screaming on roller coasters, having a picnic on the beach in the rain, spending Christmas in London in a hotel, eating fantastic sushi, experiencing the kindness of strangers, seeing beach huts, stargazing, partying with uni students while being covered in green glowing slime, seeing the incredible English nature and White Cliffs of Dover, living in a tiny room together but still liking each other, biking in London and thinking we're going to die, the beautiful spring which starts so early, learning so much about everything, smelling the pink cherry trees, riding on trains, and reminding myself that this isn't a dream.
So yes, it was the best year.
But now it's time for another adventure, which takes us to Estonia :)