Moving into October, I find myself amazed at how quickly this semester is moving. In less than two weeks I will be reunited with my mum, which marks the midway point of my time abroad.
I have officially fallen in love with Scotland’s lifestyle. As I have said before, there is an appreciation for the smaller things in life, and the slower lifestyle results in less anxiety. I live better here. And I am truly content.
But part of this is also attributed to the people I have surrounded myself with. And my experience would have been much different if I did not have such strong support from newfound friends.
I have been blessed with a core group of friends who ground my everyday. We are from different regions of the US and world, but we are linked by common ideals, activities, etc.
These are the people that I go hiking with. The ones I eat gelato with. The ones I live with.
Abroad would be much different if I did not have buoys holding me down somewhat. These friends will float alongside with me on adventures, but they also are markers that I can always return to.
These friends are my “family” away from home. They are the people I wake up to eat breakfast with. And the ones that wish me good night on my way home from socializing. I can’t tell them thank you enough. Because their presence allows me to truly let myself enjoy being abroad, take advantage of as many opportunities as possible, and know that at the end of the day, I can feel loved no matter what continent I am living on.