Well, I can’t deny it anymore. I am a soon-to-graduate master’s student in Global Communications Management. Our graduation ball is over and the dissertation madness has already kicked in. More and more people approach me with the same question all over again: “So, what are you going to do once you graduate?”. I answer with a shrug, mostly replying that the world is my oyster and I would go anywhere. Sounds like the perfect situation, ha? It is, but it is also pretty terrifying. Going anywhere means being on your own. Sure, you will meet new people and explore new places but that is not always easy. Settling in to a new culture, trying to make friends outside your work and making an often very foreign place your home.
As scared as I am and as much as I might be peeing my pants, that is what I am longing for. I have often asked myself whether I should just go home and take some time off before the next adventure. A little recharging from all the stress and building up the courage to leave again. Yet another time of organising a life in a place where I’ve most probably never been, another set of goodbyes, spending the last days at home with nervousness and then finally taking off again.
Or, why not stay put where I am right now? I am pretty sure there are loads of opportunities just waiting around the corner. Could be a safe and easy option! To be honest, the sheer thought of that makes me itchy. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be able to settle down somewhere. When will this life of exhaustion combined with a constant urge to move and explore diminish? I RELISH this life but it often makes your life challenging. YAY, you moved to a new place and you can’t wait to explore. And then everyday life kicks in. All you want is to put your feet up and watch a movie. Which is okay! But when you make that decision to sacrifice a lot of things to move abroad you feel you have to make that worthwhile. So you constantly feel restless in your home caused by the oh-so-popular fear of missing out.
But, in the end I just feel blissful. I am lucky and blessed having the privilege to live this life.
I know everything will turn out even better than I could have ever imagined. My past adventures have taught me that these kinds of times are often the perfect opportunities to find something better, something that wouldn’t have ever crossed my path otherwise. It’s humbling to know how big the world is and how many opportunities could be waiting out there. None of it is out of your reach though, after all, the world is a tangible place and those who are brave enough can explore it to its most secluded corners.
Street Food Cardiff is known as the “Hipster-Wonderland”. It’s a a pop-up event in an old and abandoned warehouse in the outskirts of Cardiff. Independent street food traders are coming together to this place to bring a new flavour to Cardiff’s dining scene. All of this will be gone in one week. That’s what pop-up events are all about and this creates the buzz and the energy that surrounds them. When the event was launched a few weeks ago, the website didn’t even reveal the location. The owners completely count on word of mouth and social media.
I heard about the event in one of my lectures at Cardiff University. Simon Thomas, the organiser, held a guest lecture in my course. He used to be an International Public Relations & Global Communications Management student. After trying to find his bliss with different jobs all over the UK, he came back to Cardiff and started working with local businesses. This is how Street Food Cardiff came to life. Yesterday evening some of my coursemates and I finally decided to walk the 40 minute walk to the event location “The Depot” to find out what all the buzz was about. Let me tell you – it is more than worth it. When we arrived at the location, we were greeted by a long line in front of the building. Luckily, it didn’t take us more than 5 minutes to get into the building. We had been told before that there exists an entrance fee – for us it was free. With these kinds of events you never know which information is true and which is not.
Once inside a building, you are surrounded by folk music, food trucks, steam all around the place and happy faces everywhere you look. Since this weekend’s theme is Thanksgiving, all the food was influenced by Nothern and Southern America: Burgers, Burritos, Haute (Hot) Dogs or Churros. I went for the Haute Dogs! The one that I chose was the Berlin Haute Dog – Brioche, Frankfurter Sausage, Pickles, Curry Ketchup and Mustard. It was delicious!
Since I felt that I couldn’t only try one of the amazing foods, I went for Churros & Chocolate for dessert. Yummy, guys! Even after we had finished trying out all the food, we stayed for a little while longer, enjoying the atmosphere, drinking beer and dancing. The event will only last one week longer – you better check it out as soon as possible!
Since more than half of the first semester at Cardiff University is already over, I thought I’d tell you some more about my life as postgraduate student at Cardiff University. It is defnitely hard work but it’s more than awesome at the same time. The university is simply beautiful, our courses and all the teachers are inspiring and my coursemates are just a big bunch of 64 international students from all over the world!
In this picture you can see the whole course with our course director Elliot Pill. The picture was taken during our Research Away Day at Cardiff Castle. The day was meant to be an opportunity for us to get away from our usual lecture halls and experience workshops about creativity, storytelling and engage ourselves in brainstorming ideas for our master’s-thesis. We also took our time to get to know each other better and explore the beauty of being surrounded by people from different cultures.
Our lecture hall for the day
As soon as the official part of the day was over, our course leaders had arranged a free castle tour for us, which was simply breathtaking. Cardiff Castle was built in the 11th century and went through the hands of different Welsh royals before it became the home of the Bute family in the 18th century. The name of the Bute family appears in different contexts in Cardiff, a bunch of locations are named after them – for example Bute building and Bute park just to name a few.
My usual week consists of three days of formal lectures (Tuesday to Thursday) and several group meetings or days in the library. All our lectures take place in Bute building, which is right in the centre of Cardiff University’s main campus. Although Bute building is one of the oldest buildings on campus (the university was established in 1889), the library inside the building follows the newest technological standards and offers the perfect atmosphere for spending all the dark rainy winter days there (oh boy…), working on group projects, individual assignments or our thesis proposal.
Inside Bute building.
Study-Buddies – Keshia, Aditi, Corrie an me.
Although all of us take our courses very seriously, we still enjoy the sweet life of a student: sleeping in on Mondays or Fridays or the occasional going-out on Sunday evenings. Every night out ends at “Chippy Lane” – a small alley in Cardiff city centre where everyone buys a massive portion of fish & chips to end the night in a proper British fashion.
Sunday night out!
Janice, Kat, Corrie and me.