As I post this my finals are over, my room is almost all packed up, and most of my friends have left. I am in Aarhus for a few more days, and my parents are here too! I have the conflicting feeling of being excited to go home, and the sadness of leaving.
Aarhus truly has become my home over the past four months. I have made new lifelong friends, and had so many amazing experiences. I have grown and learned new things about myself in my time here.
The other night my friends and I went out to dinner, our last time all together. We sat and laughed and talked for hours, we reminisced on all the memories we have made in these four months. And I wanted to share some of my favorite moments.
Intro week was so much fun! I wrote a whole post about it, but it was the start of this whole journey. Although I was scared and unsure of everything that first week, I was able to slowly adjust to things through intro week. It was unlike anything I had ever experienced, especially anything I’ve done relating to University, but that is what made it so interesting. This was the week I learned about the city, the Danish culture, and where I met my friends for the first time. I think meeting so many people was the best part about the intro week. And those people I met are some of my closest friends now.
Traveling. Obviously traveling was a big part of my experience abroad. I didn’t get to go everywhere that I wanted to, but that is okay. I have learned that traveling is exhausting, especially when you are only gone for a weekend. I am happy with the places I went, and am grateful that I had the opportunity to go to all of these places. I loved getting to experience new cultures and seeing new places. I learned how buses and trains are not normally on time, and that makes it very stressful when you have five minutes to switch trains. Being able to travel has always been something I wanted to do, and I have checked many places off my bucket list this semester. I am already planning a trip back to Europe to go to visit places I wasn’t able to go to this time. I now have the travel bug more than ever, there are so many places I want to go!
Most of my favorite memories from this semester are nights where we just hung out in Aarhus. From movie nights, to karaoke nights, to sitting around talking for hours, all of these things were what made Aarhus such a special place. I believe that the best days/nights come from not having anything planned. And these four months proved that. My friends and I would have tentative plans, but they would always change though out the day, and where ever we ended up or whatever we were doing, we had a great time. One of these nights involved a boat tour on the canal, another was dancing under a disco ball in an empty room, sometimes we just ended up in a cafe talking. More than a few times we sat in a restaurant until they closed just having fun. These are the best nights, and some of the memories I know I will keep forever.
As I think back on everything that happened this semester I can’t help but feel sad that it is over. I will miss my friends, I will miss this city that I have now become familiar with. But I have to remind myself to not dwell on the fact that it is over, instead I need to continue to enjoy my last few days here. And when I leave I need to smile when I think of all the good times Aarhus has given me, not wish that I was back here or wish I had more time here. While that may be true at times, I don’t want to be constantly wanting what is in the past, because then I will miss what I am doing in the present.
So it is not goodbye to my friends, who I know I will see again someday. And it is not goodbye to Aarhus because I will always have the memories, and Aarhus is now a part of my life, so part of it will always be with me.