Melody is sharing her travel adventures from 2014 on the blog today as I embark on my own travels! Enjoy all the lovely pictures!
No one describes my life as aptly as Anna does in Frozen. “All my life has been a series of doors in my face.” (P.s. You Frozen fans sang it in your head, didn’t you?) Living a typical peasant life, I’ve always been filled with wanderlust that I could barely satisfy. London, Paris, Barcelona, Venice… The bucket list is never-ending. Each time someone asked me what I would wish for if I could be granted anything (apart from another thousands of wishes), I replied with immense zeal and covetousness, “I WANNA STUDY ABROAD!” (I come from a sunny little island called Singapore by the way.) I worked hard and despite my laborious toil, my dream of an overseas university life seemed further and further away, like a boat drifting away from the shore and into an abyss.
2014. Miraculously – extremely miraculously – a month before the start of school term in a local university I was enrolled into, I was offered the opportunity to study in Manchester. Behold, The University of Manchester! Without a second thought, I packed my bag and boarded the next flight to the land of royals and English tea. Albeit impulsive, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
1. I fulfilled my lifelong dream of watching the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo play live. What’s even better is that it was on Old Trafford ground, against fellow legend Lionel Messi.
2. I witnessed with my own eyes the one of the most breathtaking sceneries ever. Lake District.
3. I had the whale of a time with a bunch of crazy people from 14 different countries in North Wales.
4. I experienced the famous European Christmas Markets, specifically the Manchester Christmas Market.
5. I finally visited the beautiful city of Barcelona. Which will be covered soon on Melody Sim!
2014 was the year that my dreams came true. 2014 was a year filled with renewed hope. Yet, no matter how much I yearned to grab hold of it and not let it go pass so quickly, it inevitably became parts and parcels of my memory. I’m tempted to sulk; I’m tempted to whine. But instead of focusing on the good times that have gone to pass, I’ll look forward to the greater opportunities that my future holds for me. In the words of Dr. Seuss, “don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” I’m grateful to have been more than blessed in 2014. Bring it on 2015!
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