Letters From Exchange: The Beginning of the End

This is it, this is the moment it all starts. Okay, so, “it” has been going on forever because “it” essentially is life, but this moment feels particularly…momentous.

This is the beginning of the end of my exchange. On Thursday I finished my last two finals, on Friday I took a short break, and today the crazy starts. I’m currently in the process of packing up my entire life from the last year. It’s nothing new to me, I’ve moved from California to Vancouver, Vancouver to California, California to Oslo, and now from Oslo back to California and then up to Vancouver (wow that’s a lot of back and forth), yet I don’t think packing up my entire existence into a few suitcases will ever become any easier or any less strange.

I’ll have to rename these stream-of-consciousness posts something else. Letters From Life, maybe? That’s pretty bad. Anyway, back on topic. Tonight I head to the central station to wait until the wee hours of morning when my bus to the airport will come. In the morning I’m flying off to Poland, where I’ll stay in Warsaw and Krakow with a friend for six days before flying back to Oslo for less than 48 hours, changing out a few things in my bag, and flying to Bergen. From there it’ll be two weeks of traveling around Norway with my family and then picking up the few bags containing my life from my apartment in Oslo and flying straight back to California.

I’ll be honest, I’m a little concerned about my personal health and safety with all of this traveling with other people, but I did basically have a month of similar intensity over the winter, so I think I can handle it. I just mostly have to make sure everything that needs to be packed is packed tonight and in the one day I have back in Oslo. I even had to get a friend to agree to register for classes for me because my registration time is during a train tour across Norway.

It’s all very exciting and stressful at once. It’s times like these that I can’t help but think about the strange nature of the life I live. I’ve purposely chosen a life where, for at least this stage, everything is temporary. I will always be the one coming and going, between cities and countries, between jobs, between friends. It’s exciting and sad and lonely and interesting, but I know I couldn’t imagine living my life any other way at this age. Live the life you love, right?

I won’t be abandoning this blog or my videos while all of this is happening. Aside from that one day when I actually need it for registration, I will have wifi throughout most of this and bits of downtime when I can keep you updated, but don’t be surprised if it gets a bit topsy-turvy around here.

I hope you’re all doing well. Let me know what’s going on with you in the comments, as well as if you have any tips for me during this intense time in my life. x

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