It has been already 6 months since I arrived to the lively, ancient and history filled city of Urbino. This is not only my first time leaving my country behind, but it is also my first time living by myself, so jumping into this project has definitely proved to be a real challenge.
A time comes for all of us to become an independent adult and deal with all kinds of new (and sometimes scary, of course) issues and situations. And if that you add the fact that your known environment, people and even language change it can become a challenging situation to be in.
The biggest tip I can give to anyone is don’t be afraid to ask. And I mean in any situation you may find yourself in. Especially if you are a new to a city, of course you are not expected to know where things are or how anything works there. Being an introverted person myself, I usually struggled trying to approach people and asking the most basic stuff. However, something I learned is that people want to help. Even if you don’t share a common language, there is always a way to communicate and let them know what you need.
This tip basically applies to most of the situations you can get yourself into:
When moving from Barcelona (1.6 Mil Population) to Urbino (14.4 k Population) I already expected a big change, not only in the city itself but also in the daily life. And that is exactly what I got.
I now live in a quiet and beautiful walled city, surrounded by a landscape I never imagined.