It is difficult to summarize a whole year in one sentence. So I won’t do that. But it is a year which is marked with transitions in my life, but still leaves my status as a student unchanged.
Many things happened that I summarized for you:
- Visited 6 countries (Japan, Korea, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Hong Kong)
- Experienced 9 takeoffs in an airplane
- Moved 3 times
- Finished my studies abroad
- Was a best-man for the first time in my life
- Continued my commitment in AIESEC (became a trainer and joined the National Support Team)
- Started the final sprint for my bachelor thesis
- Got a meaningful part-time job at the Red Cross
- Still in a happy relationship
When I am thinking of the future it is hard to tell what 2014 will bring. But it is certain that I will finally graduate and from that moment on many opportunities await.
PS: I also finally finished the story of my bike trip through Korea and uploaded some pictures.
A story that was started by me but left untold until now. And finally a selection of photos that I have taken during the trip.
After visiting the EcoPark in Suncheon we headed to our next destination. The way to Gwangyang was short, because we wanted to have a small rest.
Tomorrow’s trip is going to be 75km.
After a very amazing breakfast, we hit the road again and headed more down south. The mountains were steep but riding downhill in between was fun.
We stopped at the Huaeom Temple (화엄사) for a rest and continued our journey shortly after.
Later we checked in a Jjimjilbang and have a relaxing stay.
Today was very sunny and very tiring. At first I thought my body gave up and every kilometre was painful. Then in Jeongju after 40km I realized that I was riding with a flat tire. I got it fixed and from there things went smoothly.
Then we arrived in Imsil and there was no place to stay. Because it was dark and -6 degrees celsius, we took the bus to Namwon.
Arrived in Nonsan. First snowy then rain…
It has been a long time since my last post, therefore a brief summary and after that an explanation of my whereabouts.
Just right after Halloween had ended, the enterprises in Japan switched their decoration to Christmas inspired themes. So starting from November I could listen to Christmas songs while I went shopping, and admire Santa Claus figurines advertising the latest products. Autumn is known to be the finest season in Kyoto and therefore thousands of domestic and international tourists are streaming into the city to take pictures and buying souvenirs (お土産omiyage - souvenirs A very important word in Japan.) for their friends.
The summer vacation is almost at its end and autumn is getting closer. The first semester is definitely over now and changes came with the vacation. Our dormitory was almost empty at the beginning of the vacation but now it is filled up with people again. Almost four dozen new students brought new life into the empty halls. The nights are lively again as they used to be before the break.
September was the month of part-time job and Kanji. Trying to catch up what I was missing to join a higher language course I spent my free time to practice drawing the ancient characters radical by radical. Furthermore recent alterations in my health-related behaviour are torturing and blessing me at the same time and therefore many distractions are necessary. I also re-polished the blog theme and it is more gorgeous and flexible than ever (unless you’re using internet explorer).
Last week orientation sessions started again and with them the language placement was conducted. I successfully entered the aimed course and this semester will be dedicated to the Japanese language. Chapter II begins. 第二章開始.