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After spending nearly three months away from home I am finally back.
Started with Pakistan, directing a tournament every weekend for six weeks straight was quite fun and challenging in its own right. I was also able to spend some quality time with my childhood friends, which means, countless hangouts and "no sleep nights", resting was obviously the last thing on my mind. The only time I was at home was to either change my clothes or when rest seemed unavoidable. A trip to Pakistan is always filled with scrabble adventures and that's the reason I go back every year. The most challenging tournament I direct every year from the past two years is the National Scrabble Championship of Pakistan. Thank you, Pakistan Scrabble Association, for allowing me to direct these tournaments and learn something new every year.
Coming back to London, and heading off to Nottingham for the World Championship was quite a thrill. Memorable time in Nottingham working as a Youth Ambassador for Mindsports Academy at the World Championships and making friends from all over the world (the best part) and then spending absolutely crazy evenings with my friends and the MSA team... I will never forget them!
Lastly and perhaps, the most memorable part was being a tour guide to the Pakistan team that came to London. It's always a thrill being a tourist in your own city, and someone like me who loves London finally found an opportunity to explore it to the fullest.
I tried my best to make it as fun as possible for them and thoroughly enjoyed myself in the process.
Goodbyes are all always the hardest part. You become so used to the whole routine that when it finally comes to an end and it's time say goodbye you just can't help but cry. Quite embarrassing for a 20 year old, I know. But you just can't seem to control your emotions at that time.
But as they say,
"Don't cry because it's over, be happy because it happened"
This is just a very brief (believe me, I can go on and on) insight of my travel adventure, and this goes on to prove the fact that scrabble is a lot more than just a board and a 100 tiles. It gives you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and above all, to get out of your comfort zone, challenge yourself and grow as a person.
Lastly, I would like to thank everyone for making it memorable and fun for me, without you guys it would have been a totally different story! I would want to specifically thank Rachael, who gave me the opportunity to explore, learn and experience so much. I would also like to thank James, Amy and Tariq for supporting me and making my time at the World Championships worthwhile.
Here’s to the never ending flights and jet lags, the non-stop scrabble games, the late nights, the exciting experiences and to the new friends made all along!
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