''Dear Maja Evelina, We hope you’ve enjoyed your extra term in the USA! As your au pair experience is coming to an end, it’s time to request your flight home. You’ll need to fill out our flight request form so we can book your travel back to your home country when you finish your term. Please complete this form by March 25, 2017. ''
An email that was both a relief but also heartbreaking. Something that in the beginning felt so far away and something that came so soon. The time flies away here. It sure do. I remember when I got here, one year felt SO long, but it's not, and that's why I kinda wanted to extend my stay a little.
Lately I've been realizing more, that every day that pass is a closer step to my flight back home. A few days ago I received an email from my organization about requesting my flight back home. You were only able to pick between two options , Mo-Thurs or Thurs-Su flights and ofc all the dates that every week offer. I picked the first option since the other option required me to pay extra.
SO, my dear friends!! I will fly from JFK the 11th of July, switch plane in Madrid and arrive at Arlanda, Stockholm the 12th at 2 pm (Swedish time) It was kind of a relief to get my flight itinerary, and prepare myself more, when you live here you kinda forgot about the fact that you are actually going home at some point and need to wave goodbye to this adventure. It feels super hard, I don't like goodbyes ... But I know it's not a goodbye to all the lovely people I met here, It's a ''see you soon''. I am ready to try something new and that's what I try to see instead of all the negative stuff. I try to think about all the fun stuff I 've explored and experienced here, appreciate that and live and enjoy every day till the end.
The past weeks I've been applying for jobs, starting to look in to school and starting to finally feel that I am ready to go back to my second home and build up a life, which makes me eager what the future have to offer. I've achieved the stuff I wanted to do here and I also have a lot of fun stuff ahead of me before I go home.
I am ready to be reunited with my family soon, spend more time with grandma and grandpa on both sides, take care of my little sister, have cozy nights with my parents and eat good food on the weekends together, hangout with my best friend that lives 15 min walk from me and just some other small stuff that you appreciate even more abroad. I miss my family a lot and all the friends to our family as well!
When I go back, it's going to be 11 months since I saw my family, almost one year(!!) Crazy!
Sweden, my mother country, I'll see you in almost 4 months! X