Expat Chronicles pt. 1

Yesterday I was taking the bus to Leeds City Centre. You know those days where everything just seems beautiful and your thoughts are filled with romanticism? It was one of those days. I was thinking how grateful I was to be in the UK and how pretty the sky was and the buildings. I remember thinking “I feel like I’ve finally got transportation down and I don’t feel like a lost American anymore. Now I can just enjoy this beautiful city.” 


As I was walking to the shopping centre where my appointment was, I came across a sign across the walkway: “you are where you’re meant to be” in pink neon lights. With my head in the clouds all morning I just had to take a picture of it. After my shopping was done I realized it was going to get dark soon. Since the bus would have take too long. I had two options: I could take an Uber home or take the train. I decided since the train was fast and cheaper than an Uber that was my best option. I got on the train and remembered the picture I had taken earlier. I decided to edit it and post it before I had to get off. I must have forgotten that it only takes about 7 minutes to get back home because next thing I knew I looked up and we were taking off from the station that was after my own…

I missed my stop by 2 stations and ended up 50 minutes outside of my town. It was cold and dark. By the time I got to the other side of the tracks of a station I had never been to before, the train going back had just passed. So, I waited there in the cold dark middle of nowhere for 30 minutes before the next train came. I’m grateful that it was only 30 minutes and I’m grateful I thought to pick up food before I got on the train. I must have looked insane sitting there eating my burrito chuckling about how hilariously ironic it was that I ended up way far away from home whilst I was busy posting a picture of a sign that said “I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.”

Published by sierramalone

I am a Public Relations student studying in Leeds, England. I love art and hiking and photography. I am obsessed with traveling and house plants.

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