Suddenly, the end came and with it one of the best experiences of my life. Sweden has given me a lot, it has given me life, experiences, friendships, joys, love, madness, moments, landscapes, sleepless nights, incredible sunsets, knowledge, adventure, contacts, debauchery, people, uncertainty, happiness, days of complete darkness and days of complete light, but above all, it has given me confidence.

I will never forget everything I have experienced and learned last course (2020/2021), not only from an academic point of view but also from a personal point of view. Being able to have the opportunity to live with a new culture, making you rethink yourself, discover the best part of yourself and find parts that you didn’t even know about.

Never in my life, I could think that I will be able to learn so much in just one year. I feel like the person who got on that plane is a stranger to the one who gets off a year later. I feel happy in this new version of myself, I have grown inside, something that books can’t teach you.

I’m not going to lie, not everything in this experience has been perfect, I have also lived through complicated moments far from my family and friends, but this type of situation has taught me to understand and know myself better. To feel less lost in my thoughts and to learn to feel myself.

I can never be grateful enough for the Erasmus experience. It is for all this that, a part of me stays in these Viking lands that have welcomed me with open hugs. I keep the people and moments that have been part of this experience in the depths of my heart, I will never forget you, thank you for being part of my adventure.

It has been an intense year, too often even for me, but it has been incredible. I sincerely hope that this is just a see you later and not a goodbye. I have been wanting more, a year is short when you realize that a part of you now belongs to this place.

See you soon, Sweden.

Ana Díaz Gómez, Advertisng & Marketing student (University of Cádiz)

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  1. Krystian Chołaszczyński says:

    A beautiful testimony of courage and love in the age of a pandemic!
    All thanks to the Erasmus + program.
    We live in interesting times. Unfortunately, also dangerous.
    The pandemic has made our lives very complicated.
    However, it is thanks to this testimony that we appreciate what was recently standard.
    May normality soon return.
    Greetings from Poland!

  2. Isabella Querci says:

    This piece of writing is such a moving example of what the Erasmus program can give to those who choose mobility as part of their education pathway. Erasmus mobility is not only an opportunity for widening one’s education and languages capacity, but also a way of creating relationships with different people and places, who will remain as lifelong memories!

  3. Jitka Jezkova says:

    Great written.
    This is exactly the goal of Erasmus.
    As if I were reliving my erasm again in 2008 in Germany. Beautifully!
    I would recommend Erasmus to anyone who wants to learn something about themselves and the world.

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