Victoria-Rose Tucker is in the final days of her AFS exchange in Barcelona, soon trading in the Spanish sun to return to winter here in South Canterbury.
Nine sleeps until I leave Barcelona and 11 sleeps until I leave this country.
That means in less than 11 days, my life here will end. Just writing this makes me feel quite emotional.
My excitement lies in seeing my family in New Zealand again, but I cannot help but feel like I am being ripped in half.
During these 10 months in Spain, Catalunya, I have made a second life for myself - one that can never be repeated or relived.
This exchange has been the best, most challenging and life- changing experience of my whole life and even though I have only lived 18 years of it, I am sure it will still be one of the most important things I will have ever done.
To anyone who is thinking about doing an exchange, do it. It is the best decision you could make.
The money was the biggest problem for me when trying to pursue this dream of mine, and sure it proved to be difficult. I know many other people cross out the idea of an exchange once they see the price, but if you are determined enough and you really want it, you can make it happen.
I know there are so many quotes saying "money can't buy happiness", which is true, but the money you pay to go on an exchange buys you the opportunity of a lifetime.
The things you learn and experience are worth more than any amount of money and at the end of the day, nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity. You only live once, you know.
So, what has been happening in the past month? Well, I have been keeping up with the gym and English classes as per usual, but I finished school on June 6.
I still have to finish NCEA level 3 by correspondence back in New Zealand, but I have officially finished high school classes forever.
Wow, I must be getting old.
I am now on holiday and am enjoying every minute of it.
The sun is shining (a little too much for my pale, easily burnt skin) and the summer atmosphere is all around me.
I am trying to soak up the good weather before returning to the iceberg called New Zealand.
- The Timaru Herald