So, it's been a long time since I wrote the first post about my time in Bath and about my Erasmus experience. It's been too long I would say. But better late than never, right? Anyways, I thought that this post would be about my actual time there. My last post was about getting ready to leave and if you haven't read it you can do it here.
I arrived in Bath on the 5th of January, after about 17 hours of traveling. I was pretty tired to say the least, but so excited to actually be in England and in the room that would be my home for the next 6 months or so. I'm not gonna go into detail about each week or even each month, since that would be too long to even write about but also since I've already been writing about everything that was worth writing about. But I had a lot of stuff to do during my time there and when I look back at it I feel like I couldn't have done much more to be honest, which is a great feeling.
It didn't take long time for me to actually settling in and find good friends, I think it mostly was because I lived with other people and that's how I became really good friends with Amber, since she lived next door to me. But I also found friends amongst the other Erasmus students and one of my first friends in Bath was Emma, who lives in Denmark. So, luckily for me this part was never an issue for me. I think it also might be because the people who goes on an exchange semester is really open-minded and friendly, since we all go to get to know new people and experience a new culture. I didn't have any problems with homesickness either. I obviously missed my family and my friends at home, especially when someone had their birthday, but I was never homesick. That's also something I'm really grateful for. Something that I thought was a bit strange was the fact that I had to speak English all the time, I wasn't surprised of course but it was a bit strange. I'm good at the English language so I didn't really have any problems with using it, but since I wasn't used to speak it that much it was a bit weird in the beginning and I had a headache every single night for the first two weeks since I had to think a bit more about what I was saying and how I'm supposed to say it, if that makes any sense? But as the time went by I was so used to use English as my main language, so when I was talking to someone from home on the phone I actually forgot a few words in Swedish haha. It sounds so weird to say that I forgot a few words in the language I've been speaking my whole life, but it was like that sometimes because I was more used to speak English than Swedish at the time and that's why only English words popped up in my head sometimes.
My time in England went by way too fast, it was so much fun and it felt like I'd just been there for a few days when the time came for me to go home again. But at the same time it felt like I had been there for years and years, that's probably because it felt that way when I was talking to my friends there - it felt like we have known each other for several years, but the fact is that a year ago I had no idea who these people were.
My overall thoughts about this is that it was a great experience; I've met some amazing people, I've seen some amazing places and just the fact that I lived in one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been in is surreal to me. I would recommend everyone that have to chance to go on something like this to go, don't hesitate; just do it, you won't regret it.
Hopefully you understand what I want to say with this post, it was a bit difficult to say exactly how I felt during my time in Bath, but I think the post turned out pretty good in the end. I still have one more post like this to write; how it felt coming home to Sweden again and I think I'll post it sometime during next week.