(Written a couple of weeks ago)
I´m back in Finland, Christmas has passed, and everything is back to normal. It doesn´t even feel like I left my front door. It is overwhelming to look back at all the things I´ve done during the past 5 months. It feels like a dream that I´ve now woken up from. I´ve climbed up the rabbit hole and where am I now? Back in the arms of my girlfriend, in the comfort of my family, and the amazing atmosphere of my friends. I have nothing to complain about. I loved every single second of New Zealand, and now I´m going to enjoy every single moment of winter in my home country Finland. I just need a little bit of snow and then everything is perfect :D
So we have celebrated Christmas and all that, but I´m not here to write about what I do in Finland, so I´m just going to leave that out. I have some pictures from our Christmas celebrations down below if someone would like to have a look... This post is mainly here to conclude my blogging in New Zealand and say thank you to everybody who has read my posts. I am grateful for this amazing opportunity and I´m sure it´s going to benefit me in the future. I´ve certainly broaden my perspective on life and my understanding on different cultures. The Kiwi culture was something really unique (both the "Pakeha" and the "Maori" perspectives), and it has truly become my second nature.
Of course I will miss all my friends in New Zealand, but I´ve realized that I just need to be thankful for the time that we were given together and now point my goals elsewhere. Thank you Lyn, Bruce and Barry for being the best hostparents possible. Thank you Luk for being a brother and one of my best friends. Many thanks to Sian and her family for being like my second family and my best friends!
I would definitely recommend exchange to everybody! It is the perfect opportunity to experience something new and experience a new culture! There are only a couple of downsides, but millions of benifits! So, DOOO IT!!!! If anybody has any questions about exchanges, I´m more than happy to answer them for you. So once again, thank you!