It has been exactly a week since I moved out of my flat in Saarbrücken and finished my final semester.
My 'year abroad' is now technically over (even though I am not yet back in the UK!)
This year I've met people who I know and hope will be in my life for a long time (MacNeil, I'm looking at you), travelled a lot and had tons of amazing experiences, but I have also dealt with some challenging and difficult moments which I know will stick with me.
The final fortnight was hard both emotionally and physically, there were some negative things which I wish could have been avoided, however you just have to learn to deal with them and move on, and remember the positives, which is what I'm trying to do.
The real goodbyes were hard to do and the easy goodbyes were in the end, not so easy.
Saarbrücken has given me a lot; however cheesy it sounds, independence, culture, trust in myself, friendships, language and sunshine, not to mention the all-important washing machine technics and sink unblocking skills.
I hope to write a more detailed post soon, whether privately or publicly, reflecting on the year, but for now, whilst it still hasn't sunk in that I've really left and it's actually all over, I'm going to enjoy some Italian (sunshine??) thunderstorms and eat lots of pasta...