Something I have learned while away is that sometimes you need others to be able to figure out what kind of person you are.
I decided to go on exchange on a bit of a whim, to be honest; it's one of those few things I've had a crazy idea about and actually followed through with (Rob, you'll know what I'm talking about). I've learned all these things about myself that everyone has probably told me at some point but I never realised for myself - that I am so blessed: I am well educated, lucky, intelligent and well-liked; that I have too many shoes. How world-like the world is, how life has routine and that sometimes it's good that way; that distance makes family feel closer. I still haven't learned to do things straight away (but might be getting better).
It's easy to make people happy (sort of).