Travelling can help us find our own identity, be more open minded as there are lots of cultures and ways of thinking as well as discovering new adventures. I would strongly advise that travelling is essential for everyone as the amount of new aspects learned are just increasing as every day passes. The destination is important, but it is important to pay attention to the journey as well, as it is the one that is offering us the experiences that we can go through.
I always saw moving away from home as a new adventure, a way to discover and develop myself. Saying this, I never thought that going back home would be done over short periods of time, in a rush and in order to be able to attend specific events. It does surprise me that I arrived at the point where I go and travel in my own country due to facts that changed over time.
Going to Romania as a tourist made me appreciate it more and cherish it as it should be. A beautiful country with kind people, good food and nice memories, that is how I will always remember it. Travelling has always been my passion. Over the two years that I have spent in the UK I managed to go and see a couple of cities, but I also went to Spain as part of a module at the university. Because of this, I started to pay more attention to the places that I visit and how I choose to remember them.
This short trip that I had done to Romania made me real ise a few things that I was not paying attention to before. I had done this trip as I wanted to attend the ceremony in which the Pope came to one of the cities. I thought it was important to do it, and I saw it as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for all the things that I have achieved and people that I have met. The fact that the Pope came to my country was an important event and lots of people attended, no matter the faith that they believed in.
Going to Romania felt a bit different this time, in a relaxing way. I spent only two weeks, but it felt like a very worthwhile holiday. As usual, I spent time with my family and some friends, but what I enjoyed most is just watching my aunt cook or wander around the house. The fact that I was there, and I was spared of all the responsibility felt just right.
During my stay in Romania, I felt like I was missing the things that I normally do here, in Ipswich, that I was missing the people that I know.
To be honest, I never had that feeling before, of missing people or my way of living. No matter how relaxing it was, I was thinking of UK. In this way I realised that no matter how much I love home, for the memories, for the family that I have, I have been starting to build new memories and connections, meet new people and to develop my way of living. All of this is alright, I believe that I needed this trip home to realise all this, how important it is to have a place that I can call home and at the same time to feel comfortable with the place that is currently my home.
Romania not only offered me joy and helped me remember how things used to be, but it helped me real ise how much effort I am putting in my new life, the fact that I can pick, and do as I think is better. All this freedom comes with responsibilities and with the fact that choices need to be made. Now I feel that I have been growing up so much since I left home and travelling helped me appreciate and cherish this feeling more.
Therefore, coming to the UK to start with, opened my mind, made me be more flexible in terms of how to think and every time I go somewhere I try to embrace the culture and the atmosphere that they can offer, without forgetting about my own.