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Sentimental mush December 4, 2010

Posted by silverlinedletters in London, personal.

Some months ago in August, I remember saying goodbye to the girls @ Qua’rubar and thinking it’ll be awhile till I see them all again. And here we are in December and soon before long, I’ll be leaving this city that I’ve called home in the past 5 months.

As I sit here, in my corner of the 4th floor study room, it hit me once again, it’s going to be so hard to leave. I look out the window and I see snowflakes swirling and I remember what Sarah told me, that it hardly ever snows in London and snow this early in November is a rare occurence and that it’ll probably not last too long. It reminds me of my time here, fleeting, temporal and treasured.

I came here with plenty of excitement and a great deal of trepidation – not knowing what to expect, whether I’ll make friends etc. Looking back, I realised just how silly I was to be afraid. I recognise that it is only natural and to my friends who will be leaving the country, I wish I could tell everyone of you to dispel all the fears because you’re going to have a memorable, unforgettable experience. It’s the first time I’ve lived in a country with the 4 seasons for an extended period. Imagine my classmate’s surprise at my own surprise when I excitedly pointed out leaves caked in snow frost and stretches of snow collecting in a park along Russell Square. For a Swiss, these are sights he’s gotten accustomed to, for me, it’s like seeing the world in a whole new light.

I will miss my silly flatmate stuffing notes under my door asking me if I’ll like to do dinner. I will miss the bunch of us gathering in the pantry, sharing about what we do for christmas in our home countries. I will miss running into my flatmates in the kitchen, chatting while we prepare our meals. I will miss running downstairs to get myself mocha frapp/hazelnut latte/peppermint mocha from Starbucks or sweets from Paul. I will miss the delicious freshly made sandwiches at Wendells (notice how food is a big part of my missing!) and GU cheesecakes. mmm yummy! I will miss walks with classmates from the Birkbeck Campus to Swan House. I will miss bursting through the doors on Monday mornings and saying hello to Sarah at the Reception. I will miss both my friends and my independence.

Not everybody can speak of regularly booking flights on easyjet and lastminute.com, leaving the country for the weekend and meeting your best friends in a different part of the world. It’s a rare and probably a once-in-a-lifetime luxury.

It’s that time of the year when I make new year resolutions (which I’m horrible at keeping except when it comes to baking and eating cheesecakes) and when I give thanks. And for this, I give heartfelt thanks. Truly, I lucked out.

2 December 2010, Friday 2:35pm