Hiking in Bergen. Photo by Ingvild Hovda
Isn’t it funny how your experience in life make you grow and change as a person? If you asked me 9 years ago how I felt about living my life in my home town Bergen, you would probably get an answer like; it’s not big enough here, too quiet, nothing exciting blahblahblah! Well, if you ask that same question today, 9 years later, after I have moved 14 times, lived in 4 countries and 6 different cities, your answer will be something totally different!
My journey stared in Denmark were I spent one year in an international gymnastic school. If I could describe that year with two word it would be unforgettable and fun! After that year I wanted to keep exploring, so I did. I moved to Mexico City with a plan to start my nutrition studies there. It didn’t went exactly as I planned, but one thing was certain, I did grow so much as a person during that year! The following years I kept up with traveling while I studied because my schools have been located in other cities. In 2014 when I came back from my second year in Mexico City I told myself that I would never ever move again. I was tired of moving, tired of not having one place I could call home and most of all I missed my family and friends like crazy!!
From my year in Mexico 2011
In 2016 I had to move again to start my bachelor in nursing. I was not sure if I wanted to do it, because I knew I didn’t want to move again! But I knew that I wanted to study more, so I decided to do it. After all, this time it wasn’t that far away, just 3 hours from Bergen. But this is even a smaller city than Bergen, so less things to do. During my first year I met my boyfriend, who lives in Bergen. A distance relationship started. The homesick feeling just overgrew inside me like a monster! And it still does. Maybe some of you are thinking why I decided to spend 3 months in Barcelona if I’m that homesick? I have some personal reason why I decided to do so. Now when I’m here I do enjoy the city. It’s a big city with great shopping, restaurants, lot’s of people and night clubs etc.
Barcelona last week
But what I really realizes after my 9 years of experience of moving back and forth, is that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. It might be better shopping, more restaurants, even more sun, but after all, none of this matter if you don’t feel like you’re home and without the people that means the most to you. My biggest dream right now is to finish my education, move back to Bergen and start my life with the person I love and build a home together in the near future. Also being able to spend time with my family and friends more often. I’m so tired of missing them. Today, big cities doesn’t excite me as much, I prefer a more quiet city with less people. I really start to appreciate everything I took for granted before… like family time, mountains near by, drinking water from the sink, cooking in my own kitchen etc. Even the sun can’t change my mind. If the sun doesn’t shine, well, let’s dance in the rain!
Our first summer together visiting his family in Sweden.
This was a bit long post, but you got know me a bit better I guess, more personal post.