The next chapter (back in the UK).

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Flying during a pandemic is not fun.

It was almost 8 months ago now since I took that brave step onto the plane. COVID-19 would not be declared a pandemic for a while yet, so the only nerves around were if I was going to ‘fit in’ or enjoy myself. I had put a lot of work into getting this far that had exhausted me mentally and physically, so a lot of expectation obviously built in regards to wanting a fabulous lifetime experience. The thought of this filled me with excitement and nerves all at the same time for my months studying abroad in Sweden. I was there much longer than planned but I have been back in the UK for almost a week now and I wanted to update you with what is happening for me.

I am now self-isolating in my university accommodation because of travellers quarantine. It has been a strange week from having a fantastic summer filled with freedom in Sweden to being ‘locked inside’ for two weeks. I suppose it is not ideal but I guess that is the price I paid for not returning before stricter travel rules were applied. To be even more honest though and what may appear strange to many is, that I am pretty much fine with this isolation period.

YES! You must think I am extremely peculiar. But after such a busy and tiring yet enjoyable summer, even the best of us need a little time to recharge. This is just natural and healthy. I was flying from Denmark but of course, the majority of my time was spent in Sweden so that is the reason why I have to isolate. I had the most wonderful and unforgettable experience, but, now it is time to get back to and readjust to my life back home in England.

As you probably know already, I was living in Sweden to study abroad since I am a university student. I believe this is generally something that is offered in the second year of your studies, so now I have a busy third and final year ahead of me. I do not think studying in the middle of a pandemic is ideal. I am worried about readjusting to a greater workload and probably a lot more face-to-face interaction than I had in the spring. We are in a period of uncertainty and it seems like I continue to face struggles, but I am determined to persevere in the face of adversity and finish my degree.

4 thoughts on “The next chapter (back in the UK).”

  1. Really good thing you are taking time to recharge for the upcoming university year after an incredible summer you had in Sweden. Its really healthy knowing yourself and tuning in to what your body and mind needs to regain energy!

    Its definitely a big change that has happened, and it will take time to readjust, just by acknowledging the struggles and worries we have for what’s to come we help ourselves out and I know you will do great because you have so much strength and determination in you!
    Excited to still be able to follow along your journey back in the UK!

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  2. I have the option to study the year abroad too with my course. However, I haven’t considered it yet because there’s still a long way to go and the current factors affecting the world at the moment.

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  3. I have, unfortunately, had my holiday canceled this Christmas. We were planning to go away to Cape Verde, but the vacation isn’t going ahead due to the unprecedented times. It’s a nightmare, really, but we’re hoping to re-book next year sometime!

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