The best kind of breaks are city breaks.
There’s nothing more exciting to me than wandering down meandering lanes to find boutique cafés, surrounding yourself with ancient architecture and immersing yourself in a different way of life, even if just for a long weekend. Florence is the destination of choice to experience all of the above, as well as enough pizza to ruin any chance of a summer body. But no ragrets here.
I often take for granted the fact I can speak another language. Although I went to uni to study French, the ability to speak a language besides English is just normal to me. From the age of about 3, I’ve learnt French. I’m so glad that I have this skill, not because I use it everyday. In fact, at the moment I don’t get to use it nearly as much as I’d like to.
It’s been a few weeks since I posted about my Creamfields festival experiences and since then I returned to Mysteryland for the second year in a row. I thought I’d wait until I got back to give a full summary of my thoughts, in case anything had changed since last year. There were definitely some changes, and I think this post would have been slightly different had I written it 3 weeks ago, but it’s fair to say my love for the Dutch people hasn’t faded in the slightest.
In 3 weeks time, I will be on my way to Mysteryland, a dance music festival in the Netherlands. After a heavy year of final assessments and grad-life stress, I cannot wait to be reunited with this beautiful place.
All my excitement and eagerness has lead me to reminisce about my festival history. Though I’ve only been to a few festivals, my favourite memories were made at these places, and every time I hear a song that takes me back to one of them, I thank God I booked another to look forward to (it’s a never ending cycle).
It’s been a little over a year since I returned from my year abroad in France, though I can hardly believe it’s been that long. Whilst it was at times incredibly difficult and took me through some of the lowest points I’ve faced so far in my life, it was simultaneously an amazing experience with plenty of highs and has without a doubt transformed me into a much more interesting human being. Though I try not to look back on the year with regrets, there are definitely some things I would’ve done differently to make the most of the experience (hindsight is a wonderful thing). So, as a new wave of Year Abroaders will soon be making their way to their new temporary homes abroad, I’ve compiled a list of my top 10 tips to read before embarking on what should be one of the most intense, crazy, exciting years of your life.