Exactly a month ago I wrote a post saying I’m moving to the U.K. (ps the post no longer exists). So what in the world is this post about?!
In an effort to make a long story, short – a series of circumstances and events, which I had no control over, made me realize that going to the U.K. was no longer a feasible option.
“The only thing that is constant is change” Heraclitus
I was left confused, hurt, and suddenly scared that the plan I had laid out was suddenly gone. I realized that (a) embracing change is hard, humans are such creatures of habit and I had such peace of mind knowing what I was doing come fall, that in the brief moment I didn’t – I felt an enormous weight on my shoulders, and (b) people who really support you, lend ears, good advice, encouragement, and go an extra step to help you in times of uncertainty.
I took a chance to see if a unique joint-masters program based in Europe would accept me. Again, long story, short – they did. They said yes! I was officially accepted to the European Master in Tourism Management (EMTM) drawing focus to sustainable tourism development, environmental management and economics, product innovation and destination management. EMTM travels together spending the first semester in Kolding DENMARK, second semester in Ljubljana SLOVENIA, and third semester in Girona SPAIN.
The students start together in a small Danish town called Kolding, 2.5 hours west of Copenhagen. Students gather for the first time at the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), internationally recognized for its research in Sustainable Tourism Development.
I’m excited that Denmark will be a platform to explore Scandinavian countries. Scarce are opportunities to travel to such a remote places, and even more rare is the chance to call such a place a temporary home.
Within the country, my quest to understand ‘hygee’ will be combined with my desire to see as much of the colour and aesthetically pleasing designs and landscapes. I am sure I will learn about life itself from a country that is known to be the most liveable and the happiest nations on earth.
The art of Danish hygge: hard to explain and even harder to pronounce, the Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hooga’) translates roughly to ‘cosiness’.
The students then moved across the European continent to a vibrant capital tucked away in the Slovenian mountains to study at the University of Ljubljana (FELU). The university is known for its excellence in Environmental Management and Economics.
I probably know the least about Slovenia, yet my excitement to live here is equal (if not greater) to Denmark and Spain.
What draws me to this Ljubljana is the people and their love for the outdoors. Slovenia’s capital also happens to be one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals. The European Commission awarded Ljubljana with the coveted ‘Green Capital of Europe’ title for 2016.
Slovenia, too, will be a platform for neighbouring adventures along the coast. Hikes, bikes, runs, swims. I can’t wait to dive into the natural beauty of this place.
An earthly paradise of snow-capped peaks, turquoise-green rivers and Venetian-style coastline, Slovenia enriches its natural treasures with harmonious architecture, charming rustic culture and sophisticated cuisine.
The third, and final, semester takes the students to the South of Europe at the University of Girona (UDG), Spain. This institution is well-known for its research in Product Innovation and Destination Management.
Girona is a city in Spain’s northeastern Catalonia region. It’s known for its medieval architecture and the Roman remains. I am already drawn to the cultural riches that seem bountiful on each street and corner of this city.
Catalonia feels distinct from the rest of Spain, and its four provinces enclose an impressive wealth of natural splendour.
I’ve never been so excited to study (not ever in my four years of Bachelors). I’m joining a community of international students, representing 22 countries around the world, to think and learn.
4. to be determined
The fourth and final semester comes with the opportunity to choose a university to conduct a Master thesis – either at one of the three institutions or other partner universities around the world (Brazil, China, Russia, Canada, Ganah…). I’m already thinking about my thesis, which is crazy!
But I’ve come to accept that things change, and change can be good, (and in this case, I think and hope, really good). Stay tuned!