During the first couple of weeks of classes, I started to meet very cool people. The conversation was pure laugh and happiness until they would say “yeah, I’m a exchange student, I’m leaving in December”.
Did you hear that? It was my heart, breaking.
So I made a resolution: No International Exchange Students in my list of friends.
Don’t take me wrong, I didn’t intend to be mean, actually it’s completely the opposite. I don’t know if this latin heart makes me very sentimental sometimes, but I just don’t want to say goodbye to a very nice person that was becoming my friend, after only three or four months….
Of course my resolution lasted like…. two weeks -maybe less- because I couldn’t stay completely away of the amazing exchange students. I started having lunch with a Canadian that thinks she was born in the “wrong side of the Americas”, and laugh out loud with this sweet Mexican boy that was my classmate before we both dropped swedish because we thought it was almost impossible to learn a new language on Monday at 8:00am (mom if you’re reading this, I promise I’ll retake swedish in the next term)….
Time to say goodbye 🙁
I already said goodbye to my Canadian friend and in less than a month, I’ll be saying goodbye to my Mexican. What I learn, besides that three or four months are definitely not enough to get tired of hanging out with someone, is that exchange students are rather sad about leaving, which makes complete sense: we’ve been living in one of the most organized countries in the world, how is it gonna feel to go back home??
So if you’re leaving anytime soon, you have my entire admiration! it must not be easy to go around, spending a few months here and there, but if you feel like missing this lovely city, remember: “Turku is the (b)oldest city in Finland”.
You can always come back to Turku.