For 7 weeks ago, I sat on the plane to Tauranga, having no idea what I was getting in to, but I also had no idea how much it all would become to mean to me. Future exchange students, trust me when I say time will fly by fast for you on your year abroad. It feels like I just came yesterday, but on the same time feels like I have been here for six months. It freaks me out a bit.
I love New Zealand and I already see it as my second home. It has NOT been easy but it's definitely worth it. I have gained a second family and amazing friends. I have discovered so much about myself already and I am still growing. I think the fastest way to learn is to travel alone. It will be interesting to see who you are gonna welcome home to Sweden in December. Here's a quote I find very applicable to this whole exchange-growing-thing. May seem a bit depressing at first glance but for me it's inspiring, since this journey is also about helping me to discover myself and who I am and want to be.
"The thing is - I won’t come back.
The person you will welcome home in a year will not be the person you said goodbye to. It was a goodbye forever."