Last semester, I kinda got the hang of living abroad, away from my boyfriend and family, but after going home for Christmas, things felt like they changed. Each day feels like a challenge, and I'm counting down until I can leave. Obviously not ideal, but unfortunately what is happening.
As I said in my last year abroad focused post, I had my reasons for not wanting to come abroad in the first place, and after a pretty rubbish January (cold+rain+no internet at home+missing home), I had been thinking about the reasons why in great depth, and I really began to struggle. If I'm honest, I sunk into mild depression, and decided to contact my home university who have been giving me support and email counselling from England. This is really helping, having someone I can talk to that can give me professional advice, with no vested interests (as such). Fortunately, my internet is back up and running now, so I can freely talk to Josh, my parents, my friends and watch back to back Doctor Who on Netflix. Feel free to judge me.
But what have I been up to since I last posted?
Because I was having such a rough time, my mum was amazing and bought me flights back for the weekend before Valentines - and when I say the weekend, I mean landing just before midnight on Friday and leaving on Sunday afternoon. But it was just what I needed. I also took my year one/two class mascot - a parrot puppet called Norton - home with me and took loads of pictures around Norwich with him.
After my family and my darling Josh left, I had twelve hours to sleep and recoup before my friend Shauna came to visit. Cue another week of sightseeing, cocktails and wonderful dinners with brilliant friends. If you're in Seville, you have to eat in Las Coloniales - possibly the best food I had eaten since I have been out here. I have been dreaming about it since I went...sad, I know.
And now we're here, back to reality. Though with the quickly improving weather (between 27-30 degrees in the sun yesterday!), and another weekend at home next week to look forward to, things are set to improve. After next weekend, it's only a week before Josh comes out again, then after he leaves, another ten days before I head back to England for easter. Where is the time going?!