When I left abroad, I had no idea how fast four months can go. I remember the day when we had a flight from Thailand to Bali and we were so excited. All I could think was that I AM REALLY GOING BALI NOW. I didn’t have any clue how many new, amazing people I’m going to meet, how wonderful memories I’m really going to make, and how much my English is going to improve. I was just so excited. When our driver picked us up from the airport and gave us the key to our room, it was almost midnight and we didn’t meet any other volunteers, expect the one from our next door who asked us to be more quiet because she was sleeping (I need to admit that we were a bit terrified – you are sleeping, at 11 pm on Saturday night and we just came here and we can’t even talk or laugh… WHERE ARE WE). I was SO happy that I could take all my clothes and everything out of my backpack and I didn’t have to carry it anymore. We really had lots of stuff with us and our friend Rachel always kept saying that our room looks like we would really live there. Yeap, we were at home.
Compared to Jyväskylä, Ubud was really difficult. Of course. Streets are tight, everyone is driving by their motorbikes, there are restaurants everywhere. Etc. When we were in Bali, I heard quite many young people saying that Ubud is boring. I think that it depends what you have got used to and what do you like. Many people who live in Helsinki, might say that Jyväskylä is boring. I don’t think so. Jyväskylä is not so big, you can walk or cycle almost everywhere and almost every time when you go to town center, you meet someone you know. And that’s what I like. It’s same with Ubud. Maybe this is why it felt so much home to me.
Do I miss Bali? -YES. Did I miss back home when I was there? -Yes. But actually not so much than I thought I would miss. I missed my boyfriend, some friends, hot shower, rye bread, salty liqourice and cheese. And making food. But I really didn’t think about that all the time 😀 I could have been stayed there easily longer. What do I miss about Bali now? ABSOLUTELY THE WEATHER!!!!! When I walked out of Helsinki-Vantaa airport, I really thought that I was going to die for the coldness. And now, when it’s -25 celsius, I really hate this 😀 I also miss the people, beautiful beaches, speaking english, my students, cheap prices,… So many things.
I need to say that the experience that I had, is something that I won’t ever forget. There are not enough words to tell about it – it’s something that you just need to experience by yourself. If someone asks me is it worth to go to do practical training abroad, I’d say absolutely. I feel that it’s shame not to go 😀 I would do it again anytime.