Last Wednesday was my official last “first” day of uni.. that’s right, I’ve only got one more year of university left. And I couldn’t be more excited about that – not really because I don’t like my uni (I love it), but rather because I’m excited to begin a new journey in life and to finally *start* my life.
I currently live a little over half of the year in Seattle (where I study) and the other half in Poland, with family. So June – September and December I’m in Poland. The main advantage of this “combination” is that I can travel from Europe and from the West Coast of the U.S. at various times during the year. So I essentially make lots of European trips during the summer (and also “longer” trips, since I’ve got more time). Otherwise when I’m in Seattle, I take trips around the U.S. and around North and South America.
That solution has worked out for me quite well for the past few years. It is, however, coming to an end once I finish one more year of university (in June 2017). So… what’s next…?
I really don’t know. Other than the fact that I want to live somewhere in Europe, 100%. There is no doubt in my mind that I want to be close to my family and also live in some amazing city in Europe. Plus, that would make weekend trips so much better. Flying around Europe? 2 hours and you’re in a completely different culture… can’t say the same for travel around the U.S.
I’ve lived in America for a long time already (even pre-university), and I just don’t want to any longer. The main reason being is that I’m far away from family and my home. There are of course other reasons, but that’s the one I care about the most.
I have a few cities in mind where I’d like to live, though haven’t quite decided for sure. Naturally, I love London, but I really don’t know how life would be there. Other cities I’ve considered are Barcelona, Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Zurich. All of these cities are no more than three hours away from Kraków and therefore I could visit my family frequently.. that really sounds nice.
The advantage of being a European Union citizen is that you can live and work freely in any other European Union member state. Once the United Kingdom has left, I assume it will be more challenging to move there as an EU citizen (but probably easier than as a non-EU citizen)… but ultimately, I doubt it will be difficult to… just more paperwork.
So anyway, I’m still young (just became 21 in August) so I’ve still got some time to plan my life out.. but I guess it is the right time to be thinking about it. I do know that I will be living in Europe.. somewhere, though just not 100% sure where yet. Family is the most important to me, and behind that is the quality of my life. While perhaps a bit dramatic, I think this article sums up my frustration of living in America. I definitely don’t regret moving here – the experience has been eye-opening, I’ve been able to travel to places I wouldn’t have been able to, and I’ve met the most amazing people. Would I do it again? Probably not.
To everyone, as always – thank you for reading. I appreciate your input and the fact that you take time to read my posts. My blog is growing each day and I couldn’t be more thankful. So I can promise you I will be blogging and travelling for many more years.. guess it’s time to save up those Avios (they’re awesome for travel around Europe)!