It’s now just over a day until I embark on my journey to Vancouver- I have contemplated the parts I am most looking forward to as well as those I am definitely not. Here’s my top 10 fears and cheers for going abroad. Cheers last so it doesn’t get too depressing!
Fears (In no particular order):
Ask any of my immediate family what means more to them than anything else in the world and 90% of them would say four words- Aston Villa Football Club. I’ve owned a season ticket for 15 years and this is the first since I was about 4 that I won’t be going to the games regularly. Luckily, I can get a pass to watch the games live on my laptop, even if it means waking at 4am!
My family have supported me from day 1, they’ve always encouraged me to do what I love. They’re one of the major reasons I am writing this blog so obviously I am going to miss them. I’m hoping that being away from them at Uni has helped me get used to being homesick however if I suddenly wanted to come home I could jump on a train and be home within two hours- a bit different to a 10-hour flight!
My biggest worry. Sam and I have been together for around ten months and the longest we have spent apart is two weeks, needless to say a few months feels like a lifetime! Thankfully he is coming to visit me for my birthday in October and I’ll see him for a weekend away in November. My life has changed so much since I met Sam and I’m honestly not sure how I will cope without him however we will find a way to make it work.
Obviously leaving my friends from home is going to be a challenge I will miss grabbing lunch in between lectures; watching awful films at the cinema together and most of all, missing their final year at Cardiff.
Navigating A New City-
Most people who know me know that I can get pretty panicky in stressful situations like navigating in a new city- for example nearly making my brother miss a flight because I put us on the wrong train in Copenhagen! So, I am very nervous about having to find my way around a new city.
Exploring A New City-
Having never visited Canada I cannot wait to explore Vancouver; the city looks beautiful and the UBC campus looks even prettier than Cardiff. I can’t wait to experience a new place as I love nothing more than wandering around aimlessly and discovering random delights.
Meeting New Friends-
I have already been speaking to other exchange students via. Whatsapp and I’ve realised that we are all in this together. I don’t think you could find a friendlier bunch and I am so excited to meet all these lovely people in real life.
Exploring North America-
As mentioned earlier, I have a couple of trips away from Vancouver planned and hope to add many more. Already planned are trips to Las Vegas in November and New York at the end of my year abroad, both with my boyfriend. I also hope to visit Seattle- only a (relatively!) short train ride from Vancouver.
Watching Different Sports-
I can’t wait to experience the thrill of watching sports I have never watched before. Obviously, I’m no stranger to a football match but I’m excited to watch sports like Hockey, Basketball and American Football live so I’ve purchased a UBC Thunderbirds Season Pass meaning I can watch all the live sport I want.
Embarrassingly, one of my reasons for applying for a year abroad at UBC was because I want to see a real-life Moose. They have been one of my favourite animals for a long time and yet I have never seen one in real life! I am visiting the Greater Vancouver Zoo with Sam for my birthday and honestly this is what I am most excited for.