15. Life is so much more fun when you’re willing to look like a bit of an idiot.
16. People are incredibly adaptable. When you look back it’s hard to believe what has become normal that used to be new.
Like hearing various languages and accents throughout the day.
Or going to work via train.
Or frequent Skype calls.
Continuing on with the list of what Switzerland has taught me...
8. Living alone makes me even later than usual, especially in the mornings.
9. I’m an observer. I’ve known this for a long time, but being in a new situation, especially this one, really highlights it. I listen, I process, I think, and I formulate an opinion before I share anything. People usually think I am shy and quiet because of this. It comes as a big surprise when they later learn the truth.
About a year ago, I was packing up my life in DC, preparing myself to say goodbye to a lot of amazing people, and crying a lot. All you had to do was say Switzerland and I would lose it. I knew that what was coming was going to be an amazing experience, but the leaving part is so hard.
It has been a whirlwind year full of new.
Kelly is an American teacher living in Switzerland and enjoying everything the country has to offer.