One morning, during my Erasmus in Switzerland, we took a ride to get to know the places around a little better. I remember thinking Switzerland was beautiful – I still strongly believe that -, and the only thing I had seen was Lugano, that blew my mind away, little did I know the place I was being taken to.
You know how I already told you I’m a scary cat when it comes to these kind of situations?
Well, it was our last day in Rome and we did the same we had done the last 5 days: catch the bus to the center. I should say at this point that from day one I HATED this idea of not buying tickets on public transports.
It was my first time actually travelling alone as I went back to Lugano, Switzerland to finish my exchange semester.
I was alone and feeling alone and sad and to help my flight got delayed and I had to sit on the floor of Lisbon airport for about 2 hours with nothing to do!
With a million feelings at a time, and non of them good ones, when the time came to board I was a mess.
I went to Lugano in September for my Erasmus semester. The choice was not well received, since I didn’t speak Italian, the city was seriously expensive and to top everything else, it was said to get REALLY cold in the winter – exactly when I was coming – and it snowed a lot!
As you can imagine, non of this stopped my excitement and I didn’t really care about any of it – I was going to live in Switzerland! What else would matter? Besides, the idea of seeing snow and wake up with the city covered in white appealed to me even more!
While I was living in Switzerland, we went to this place! James Bond Golden Eye 007 JUMP in Verzasca!!
As soon as I looked down to where the “crazy” people where jumping to, my entire body shacked in fear. Yeah, just by looking down….it’s a total fall of 220 meters and one of the scariest things I’ve witnessed!
Please don’t hate me, but it’s the truth…
I went to Paris when my Erasmus in Lugano ended, since my friend was doing Erasmus there! And after 5 days I flew away to Portugal with a sense of incomplete and disappointment. Is this even normal? I mean, everybody that ever went to Paris LOVED IT, why was it like this for me? What was missing? I have no idea..
I had completely different reactions both times I returned home to Portugal.
The first time as I was going home leaving Lisbon Airport I just felt empty. I was just so sad to be back, and that it was already over…Do you know when you feel you’re in the wrong place? Yeah, that’s what I got! All I wanted was to get on the plane again and go back to Switzerland where I considered to have left my home.
OMG how AMAZING is this city? Rome to me was the cherry on top of the cake of my Erasmus. I loved it so much I even got sad I didn’t choose it in the first place to do my Erasmus there.
Coming from Lugano to Rome was the strangest funniest thing ever! As everything is so quiet and calm in Lugano, as soon as we arrived in the city of Rome we got the sense of crazy all around (And I Loved It!!). When you’re in Rome you know. There’s no way avoiding the rhythm of the city and you have to move with it or basically someone will run you over!
Moving to Switzerland was one of the best ideas I ever had! The experience and the things I’ve learned are something I’ll always carry with me. Do you know what the best part was? Feeling Independent!! Even though I depended on my mother financially, I had no one in my house asking me “where are you going”, “where have you been?”. On that matter I was independent as all decisions were mine to take with no interference or comments from others.
Should I feel guilty that I didn’t feel home sick for the longest time while I was living in Switzerland?
Of course I had my days…once or twice I missed home, but not in the sentimental way…I missed Portugal because I realized how everything is cheap here compared to other countries! Yeah! I missed the freedom of just wanting to go for a drink or a coffee near the beach at the maximum price of 1€, compared to Switzerland where we never did that since it would be a waste of money to pay 3€ for a coffee when we could have it at home.