Next month is the month. The month I hand in my masters dissertation. Months of snoozing in the library and innumerable cups of coffee have led me to this point, poised on the edge, staring into the abyss that is life post-university. This time it’s real. No more masters or gap years to act as a buffer between me and proper responsible adulthood. As you can imagine, my overwhelming emotion when thinking of this, is one of abject terror. However, I think I know what I want to do. Well, not what I want to do specifically. That would be far too simple. I don’t know the exact job I want. At all. What I do know however, is that I’d really like to do it abroad. Since embarking on my Budapest adventure a few weeks back (summer school), I’ve struggled to come to terms with the idea of living and working here in Blighty anymore. I think my time in England is running it’s course quite frankly, and I’ve caught the cliche itch to get out there and experience life in a different cultural setting. England feels quite insular and inward-focused and I’ve become tired of it. So far I’ve mainly considered the idea of relocating to Italy. Comedic really, since I have never even been. Still, something about their laid-back lifestyle, sweeping landscapes and their beautiful, rustic architecture really appeals to me. Not to mention I bloody love pizza. Slowly but (sort of) surely I’m learning the language, and I have plans to visit whenever I can.
Regarding the aforementioned two weeks in Budapest, it was fantastic. For years I regretted not studying abroad whilst doing my undergrad’, and, whilst in all honesty nobody cares about the actually studying, it was such a great way of meeting people from all over the world (although mainly bloody Swiss), and that feels so enriching. Budapest itself was stunningly beautiful. In my shameful ignorance I’d imagined it to be a cheap but generic Eastern European backwater, but the reality was so very different. Every street I turned down was more striking than the last, with the beautiful facades of the buildings matched only by the stunning women walking beneath them. I highly recommend visiting to anybody who hasn’t; it’s cheap, feels incredibly safe, is populated by such wonderfully friendly sorts, and it’s so easy to get intentionally lost in it’s sprawling streets for hours without getting bored of seeing what greets around the next corner. I won’t give any specific tips since I’m a genuinely appalling tourist ( I only went over the Sydney Bridge on the last day of my three month stay), but I’d urge you to give it a high priority.
However, the blues upon returning right home are absolutely awful. I think he trip was juxtaposed at such a complicated yet crucial period of my life – as I am on the cusp of diving into my future – that it had such a profound impact, hugely influencing my newfound desire to live and work in the land of johnny foreigner. Once this dissertation is out the way I have some serious decisions to make. I am slightly nervous, but it feels very exciting to stand behind the wheel of the ship, capable of steering it towards foreign riches… or ruin.
As you can perhaps tell, I haven’t written in a while.