I’m very excited to share with you that on 27th July I will be moving to Switzerland… I’ve been accepted into Zurich University on exchange so will be living there for just over 6 months!
The decision to go definitely wasn’t an easy one – I will be living 16,500 kilometres away from my family, my boyfriend, my friends, my dog and all the other things I hold dear. I’ve always lived on my parents’ property, I’m in a wonderful relationship, I drive everywhere I need to go, I’m comfortable at my gym, I’ve got two great jobs and great bosses- essentially, I live a great life here in Sydney.
But, since I was about 6 years old I have wanted to live in Switzerland – in Zurich to be specific. Both of my parents grew up around Zurich, I’ve visited many times and think it is absolutely beautiful, I’ve got family and friends that live there and I speak Swiss fluently.
I didn’t expect to be accepted into the university exchange program but since I did and since I’ve almost finished my degree, I’ve decided to throw myself completely out of my comfort zone and just do it! (In case you don’t know, I’m studying a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Law at university and I’m currently in my 4th year. If all goes well I should graduate at the end of next year.)
I’m super excited to be going but as my leaving date approaches I’m becoming more and more nervous. I’m also sad because I won’t see my parents, siblings or boyfriend for a few months. My boyfriend did book a flight to visit me in December and we are planning to travel around Europe together so that is something we will both be looking forward to.
I’m also glad that the weather here in Sydney is so cold at the moment so I can get used to it before I leave. I’ll be there during the Autumn and Winter and will definitely need to layer-up a bit more than the Australian weather requires.
(Jumper by Attica Clothing Company.)
I’m leaving Australia at the end up July, then spending a few days in Switzerland before I head to Constance, Germany for a three week intensive German course. I can speak Swiss (it’s what I call “lazy German”) and studied German at school but haven’t spoken it for a while so when the opportunity to attend this course came up I decided to go. As I’m studying law at Zurich University, I’ve chosen subjects that are in English because law is hard enough without having to translate everything and make sure my German grammar is perfect. If you think English grammar is hard, just be thankful that we don’t have gendered nouns and all that tricky stuff. But, brushing up on my language skills is always going to be beneficial somewhere down the track. The course is held right next to Lake Constance and offers day-trips to lots of nearby places and looks like it is going to be a lot of fun!
Lake Constance and the university where I will be attending the German course.
Hopefully I can share some of my experiences overseas with you all; my blog content will be expanding but, don’t worry, the focus will still be on health and fitness! Moving overseas and living by myself is going to bring about a whole lots of challenges that I am already looking forward to blogging about. There are so many things that I’ve become so used to here in Australia that are going to take some adjusting to again in Switzerland. Things like being comfortable in my gym, knowing what to buy at the grocery store, people accepting my crazy fitness stuff – these are all things that I had taken for granted until I realised I’d have to start everything again soon. But hey, life is an adventure and I’m excited for this one to begin.
I’ll be joining up to a new gym (how scary! I have grown so accustomed and comfortable to my current gym), eating different foods (meat is super expensive in Switzerland so I will probably be eating more plant-based foods), walking more (I won’t have a car and will be walking to the train station every day), doing my own cooking every day and more! Some of these things may be things I should perhaps already be doing so this will be my chance to ‘grow up’ a bit and become more independent.
I’ll be living in an apartment in a town about 20 minutes away from the city centre and on the Lake of Zurich. I’ve decided not to live in student accommodation because I do really like my own space, my mother grew up in the town I will be living in and I’ve visited it many times so I feel comfortable there. Plus I’ve got family friends and grandparents nearby!
This upcoming exchange is one of the reasons why I decided not to compete this year. I think they do have fitness competitions in Switzerland but it’s nowhere as popular as it is in Australia and I don’t need the additional stress of prepping while trying to get by in a new country.
I’m still going to be training heaps and will always be the “femmefitale” that you know. I am excited to be able to share my journey with you and excited to be able to continue to work on my health and fitness in a new continent, on a student budget, with different food choices and so much more.
Seriously, how beautiful is Switzerland?
I’m didn’t really want to make a “big announcement” post but I’ve had quite a few people ask why I’m not competing and I’ve mentioned moving away to a few people but then realised that I hadn’t actually told anywhere where I was going and why. So why not tell everyone at once?
I know that some people won’t understand why I’ve decided to go on this big adventure when I have such a fantastic and settled life at the moment but, like Mark Twain said, if I didn’t take this opportunity now I would regret it for a long time. People say that I seem quite mature but in reality I’m still a baby and have a lot of growing up to do and this is definitely going to be a huge learning experience for me.