Hey friends, long time no see! Yesterday I finally had my last assessment for this block and I feel like I can finally breathe again. This week and last have been exam weeks, meaning I've spent most my days studying, stressing out and not getting enough sleep. I am the queen of procrastination, and I apparently never learn from my mistakes, so I always end up super stressed by the time the exam weeks are approaching. But, now it's done! Not everything went great, but I'm still pretty happy overall with how it turned out. November is coming up, and I'm actually really looking forward to it! I have almost two weeks of vacation coming up now, some family from Sweden are coming to visit me here in Amsterdam, I'm going back home to Stockholm for a few days and at the end of the month one of my best friends is coming here! I'm pretty happy to be starting new courses as well, hopefully this will finally be the block when I start things on time and catch up on all those resits. The only thing I'm not looking forward to is the cold - it's starting to get really cold over here. So to finish of the post, here's a picture from a couple of weeks ago when the sun decided to show up and turn a mid-October weekend into summer.
When I walked to school around noon today, the weather had suddenly reversed from grey fall to sunny late summer. Blue skies and 21 degrees is already enough to put a smile on my face, but on top of that: it’s Friday! I’ve been in such a great mood the whole day. I actually enjoyed uni a lot - I was dreading four hours of Russian class but ended up spending most of it laughing and really having a blast to be honest. And best of all: when I got home, I finished packing up some last stuff and then headed towards Schiphol airport.
A smooth check in later (minus my bag getting checked but that literally ALWAYS happens to me), I walked over to my gate and got on a plane to Stockholm. I’m going to spend four days at home relaxing, having some quality time with my parents and just taking a little break from student life. I’m so, so happy to be writing this from my bed in my old room back in Sweden. I booked my ticket on Sunday evening, completely spontaneously, when I realized I could have Monday and Tuesday off and tickets weren’t that expensive at all. So it feels kind of strange suddenly being back here, but in a great way. A few days at home always boosts my mood and energy and it’s pretty well needed right now. I’m definitely going to enjoy every second of it.
And so came October, and with it the cold and rain. Amsterdam went from being sunny and delivering t-shirt weather this weekend, to being gray and rainy all day today. It's the first day this year it truly feels like fall. I'm on my bed, wrapped up in a blanket, candles lit, watching Netflix. Going to get some studying done before the evening is over, but I just needed a break after school first. My energy really is at a -10 today. But, I'm still in a good mood. Actually, scratch that. In a GREAT mood. Yesterday evening I was just randomly looking at flight tickets as I do sometimes, and realized I can fly home this weekend for less than €120 return. So, I had a spontaneous moment of "why not?" and booked my tickets. Friday evening after class I'm heading to Stockholm for a couple of days. It hasn't been that long since I was home, but I'm really looking forward to hugging my parents, eating lots of nice food and just having a weekend of relaxing at home. And suddently, the arrival of fall doesn't feel half as heavy.