i just got back from Paris (pictures soon) and have had a little time to rest and reflect on this past semester. these three and a half months have been by far my favorite season of my entire life so far. its completely indescribable. i’ve loved every place and season God has put me in but there is something so different about york. its such a sweet, happy place with some of the best people i have ever met. i don’t think there are enough positive adjectives to describe it here but i’ll try. from the second i arrived, it felt like home. despite the cold and the new environment, there was something so familiar about it. york is a beautiful city, full of so much history and some of my best memories were taking off after class and aimlessly wandering. i found countless cute cafe and places to hang out, through which, i met some of the sweetest locals and baristas. my classes were outstanding and i learnt so much both through the teaching and the way the teachers live their lives and invested in us. most of the staff lives on campus or near campus and cliche as is sounds, we were all like a family. the students i met were also a highlight. they were some of the kindest, most loving people i’ve ever met and i’m praying we all keep in touch. no matter what though, they will always be in my heart. looking back, i don’t miss york like i thought i would. i thought there would be a stabbing longing whenever i thought of all the fun and memories i encountered there. no. instead, i look back and smile. i know it was just for a season but i’ve accepted that and am looking forward to the future while still treasuring the friends and memories i made in york. it was a huge part of my becoming and for that, i am blessed.
//york wall around the corner from my flat//
at the end of every semester in bible college, there is a graduation ceremony. when i was in new zealand, we would dress up and go to mongolian bbq (my second semester graduation seen here). but in york, they throw a huge party and graduation ceremony complete with an epic semester video (watch it here), lots of food, awards and an all around great time. i absolutely adore these people so this was the perfect last hoorah to such an amazing semester. a few of my close friends graduated including andie, who i went to iraq with and justin, who was my street witnessing buddy. two of my closest friends, christine and allie, had to leave before the ceremony which was a real bummer but they both live in california so i’ll hopefully be seeing lots more of them this summer. here are a few pictures i managed to catch of this wonderful night and a few of the people that made this semester so memorable.
coffee culture is probably my favorite place in york to hang out. the lack of internet and space make it a difficult place to do homework and the big windows and interesting customers make it impossible to attempt any kind of productivity at all but it is the perfect place to take friends, grab a coffee and chat. and one of my favorite friends to go on long coffee dates with is ingliv. she is one of my dearest friends this semester and we can chat for hours about everything from music to the bible to my fascination with norway (her homeland) and our mutual obsession with tattoos. we got to know each other because we were both placed on baking and hospitality at the church as our service this semester and the friendship has grown from there. rarely a day goes by that we don’t spend some sort of time together and i know she will be the person i miss most when i leave this place. love you, ingliv!