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The Return



Well, I have been back in the UK almost a week now, and it feels rather strange. I'm still pretty jetlagged, I still haven't unpacked, and I have mainly just been catching up with friends and job-hunting for something for summer.

I have to admit, I was very sad to leave Seattle. Despite the difficult start, I'd grown to call it home, and love it dearly as a city. I met some great people and made some amazing friends, who no matter what, however many miles between us, I know will continue to be good friends in the years to come. It is very strange to have lived somewhere a year and become completely used to it, to leave, not knowing when, if at all, you'll ever be back there again. I will be though, there's no doubt about it...I will make sure of it!

Looking back, I don't know what I would have done without this year; it's given me so much. Firstly, it helped me get away and forget about things that this time last year I was still suffering the effects of. Secondly, I have definitely grown a lot as a person and changed, for the better because of it; I haven't noticed this so much, but others, my family in particular, certainly have. Finally, I feel so much more prepared for my final year of university than I did this time last year, after dealing with the much heavier workload and timetable I had at UW. This year has been the best year of my life so far, basically, and I am so glad I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to experience it!

So all in all, I was, and still am, very sad about leaving. Still, though, all good things must come to an end and all that; now onto the next chapter of my life.