Arrivederci… Farewell USA

Wow, is it already March 5th??

This means that tomorrow I move to Malaysia! To a place that looks something like this:




With a lot of ocean, beaches, and tropical forest. It’s just like Florida!

When I say I move tomorrow, what I mean is that I leave Tampa at 3:30pm tomorrow and travel for 36 hours with brief layovers in New York, Frankfurt, and Singapore, arriving in Penang at 3PM Thursday afternoon.

Whew. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

However I am calm. I am ready. I am basically packed which is a miracle. I am happy to spend these next 36 hours of travel reading, studying, sleeping, and watching movies. Weirdly enough, I am looking forward to it. But I am kind of weird (if you didn’t catch that already).

Today was a challenge. I ended up freaking out while running around town and sort of ended up crying with some unknown pent-up emotion. Moving is stressful and I am sad to leave my family and friends. Like really sad. I will miss them so much. I am also scared. Scared of leaving the people I am closest to. Scared of missing out. Scared of being so far away. Scared of the unknown. 

But change is necessary and forces us to grow. I came out of China stronger, more self-assured, and much more flexible. I learned so much about myself and realized that it is impossible to have complete control over your life. You got to roll with the punches! You must adapt.

Honestly, this move does not feel real. It probably won’t feel real until I actually arrive in Penang. Or until I arrive in Penang and am stuck there for 6 months straight. Holy crap. I am moving to Asia… again. Am I crazy? Probably yes. But if I can live in China and survive, I can definitely made do in a tropical paradise :-).

So arrivederci and farewell USA! I will miss you. 

2 thoughts on “Arrivederci… Farewell USA

  1. Kirsten, Yes moving there will make you stronger, more understanding. Like you said life is full of surprises and how you roll with the punches makes you like “WOW’ believe me I know.
    I’ll see you Aug 10th.
    Love and lots of kisses auntie Edith

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