The much anticipated trip abroad has commenced and, naturally, I panicked. Click above to see how I kept calm and kept moving on!
The time has come. My journey through Europe has officially started! I landed in Copenhagen International Airport midday on February 5th – and I panicked just a tad.
I walked off the plane, all excited to step foot in a new country, and once I looked up and saw Danish writing, I had an internal freak out. I immediately started to doubt myself and my decision to do this trip.
Then I stopped that pesky negative voice in my head telling me I couldn’t do it, and just went and did it. I started to make a mental check list in my head and referred to the notes I put in my phone before I left. Little by little, I started checking things off my list and hauled through all of the uneasiness I was feeling.
First, I took out some Danish currency, Krone. After that, I went to grab my bag from baggage claim, and then purchased my transit pass. Yes, I most definitely passed the same groups of people a few times trying to figure out my way. But the important thing is that I did find my way!
I made it to my hostel in one piece, grabbed some food and even met a friend at the hostel bar. After a nap and shower, I explored around the city near my hostel and found a delicious burger place for dinner. Currently, I’m just hanging out in the lounge area and might even join their yoga class tomorrow morning!
It’s a strange and eye-opening experience being the outsider in someone else’s country. I found it difficult to ask others for help because I was nervous that they would not want to be bothered or simply wouldn’t understand me. But everyone has been so friendly, and it helps tremendously that they all speak decent English (Praise Jesus).
This is going to be a learning and growing experience for me, as it is for anyone else who’s been in a similar situation. I know there will be more difficult and uncomfortable situations to come over the next few months. What I’ve realized is that it’s important to recognize when you are doubting yourself, and to change your attitude into something more positive to fulfill your goals. And so, I leave you with this:
“The size of your dreams must always exceed your current capacity to achieve them. If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf