Back in November when I was still living in Russia, I wrote this post about the scrapbooking I had been doing to keep my memories all stored up in one little book. As you can clearly see from the photos above, I haven't been quite as good with sticking things in and writing things down, but I have still made a huge effort to keep all the little bits and bobs that you manage to collect whilst travelling. See, I'm more of a visual person, so writing everything down got a bit tedious for me, and everything kind of came to a holt. Then, the more I got behind, the more I didn't want to write because I knew how much I had to catch up on. For now, I've decided to just keep collecting things, and when I'm back home in the summer I can make it my mission to get everything finished, whether that means writing everything up, or simply sticking in all my receipts and tickets with little notes attached so they don't get lost over the years to come. I also think I feel less pressure to keep up with my note taking as I'm quite good at updating my YA blog (which you can find here), where I upload loads of photos and stories that I have gathered along the way. 

Travelling has never been easy for me. Change makes me extremely anxious (my friends and family can vouch for this!) so you can imagine how hard moving abroad twice was! Therefore, documenting all of the little adventures I've had is like a book full of achievements, things that I thought I'd never be able to do, but somehow overcame and managed to come out of at the other side. Like a trophy, commemorating and celebrating probably the toughest, yet greatest and most rewarding year of my life. Of course, my Year Abroad is far from over - I still have two months left in the gorgeous city of Madrid, and I'm planning to go back to Russia during the summer, so there are still many more adventures to be had and memories to be made. This is more of an update, rather than a finale, and I look forward to seeing how it all ends up. If you have the chance to go and live abroad, whether it be for study or work, definitely give it a go. At first it can be extremely challenging, but it makes you grow as a person, and you'll have the opportunity to make some amazing friends, and go on adventures that you couldn't even imagine in your wildest dreams. I mean, when I was younger, I would never have imagined that I could move to Russia and Spain before even turning 21, but here I am! 

Have you lived abroad? What was your experience like and how did you document it? If you haven't, where would you go? Let me know in the comments section!


  1. I've lived in both Europe and Asia, so moving is no stranger to me! :) xx

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  2. Snap! London and Hong Kong ;) x

  3. I'd love to live in America for a bit, or Spain but I'd be awful at communicating with people!

    Kate xo //

  4. I have just discovered your blog and I love it! Its very refreshing and pretty much what I like to read! I have just jumped on the blogging bandwagaon myself and trying hard to keep myself on the road less traveled! :D