The Northern Diaries: Goodbye, Autumn. Goodbye, Winter.
One of the most difficult things to do in life is to kiss goodbye from something or someone you love. My preference of living has switched from warm beach towns to cold seaside northern countries or quaint villages by the Alps. As my study in Switzerland came to an end, I must comply to the law of returning to my home country. Terrifying thoughts such as having to succumb the humidity and the heat that I could never stand, having to deal with narrow-minded people, and worst of all, having to live in the same city with the people who once destroyed my pride and sanity.
I spent last of couple of weeks before I return to my home country with my best friend who lives in Milan. I thought that it would be a rather needed adjustment because it was similar to my hometown: bustling, humid and hot. As someone who is very close to me, she sensed my unease and took me a beautiful, quiet lake, about an hour’s train ride away from the city, to take my mind off things.
Being outdoors in nature always puts me in a tranquil state of mind. Perhaps it was amplified by the wine, perhaps it was first and last time that I got the chance sunbathe topless. Whatever it was, for the first time in a long time, I felt truly happy and liberated.