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Hari ini, setahun yang lalu

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Hari ini, setahun yang lalu.
Aku membuat langkah kecil pertama ku.
Di kota mu, Nottingham.
Dengan sebongkah harapan,
dan baris-baris do’a.
untuk sebuah level pendidikan bernama PhD.

Ada ketakutan dan keraguan,
Tapi keyakinanku membuat ku terus melangkah.
Hingga waktu pun berlalu,
Dan aku baru tersadar ini sudah setahun yang lalu.

Aku pernah hampir putus asa,
Aku pernah luruh dalam titik kepercayaan diri terendah,
Tapi rapalan doa-doa ku mampu menepis semuanya.
Hingga aku harus bersyukur aku lulus ujian tahun pertama ku.

Romantisnya daun-daun yang berguguran musim gugur,
Dinginya butiran salju di musim dingin,
Indahnya rupa warna bunga-bunga di musim semi,
Dan hangat nya mentari di musim panas,
Semua mengajarkan bahwa hidup akan terus berubah,
dan bahwa tidak ada keabadian.
Tak ada tawa yang abadi, pun tak ada tangis selamanya.

Aku pernah merasa kehilangan kehangatan keluarga ku,
dan juga keakraban teman dan sahabat-sahabat ku.
Namun, waktu mempertemukan ku dengan sahabat dan keluarga baru ku disini.

Terima kasih Tuhan, atas pengalaman berharga ini.
Yang telah kau langkahkan kaki ini, menyusuri kota-kota indah di bumi Mu ini.
Leicaster, Lincoln, Edensor, London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Whitby, Manchester,
Lancaster, Conventry, Oxford, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Loughborough, Cambridge, Hull,
Ghent, Brussel, Leuven,Eindhoven, Enschede, Derby, Southampton

semua menorehkan pengalaman dan pelajaran hidup yang sangat berarti.

Maafkan untuk setiap detik waktu yang terbuang percuma,
Untuk segal hal perbuatan dan pikiran yang sia-sia.

Dua Pertiga perjalanan panjang masih terbentang di hadapan.
Keraguan itu pun muncul kembali,
Hanya keyakinan dan rapalan do’a-do’a ku kepada Mu Tuhan,
yang mampu menepis nya.

Ya Rabbi bil Mustofa, Baligh Maqasidana, Waghfirlana Ma Madzo
Ya Wasingal Karomi.

Duh Gusti, yang maha luas kemulian Mu.
Mugi Panjenengan ngijabahi cita-cita kami,
dan mengampuni dosa-dosa kami yang lalu.

Mudahkanlah segala urusan-urusan kami,
Bimbinglah selalu kemana langkah kaki ini melangkah,
Aku tunduk dan pasrah terhadap ketetapan takdir Mu.

Allahumma Ammiin.

Nottingham, 18 September 2012-18 September 2013 

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Good Bye Edinburgh, we were back to the Habitat, Nottingham

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Finally,  we were returning to Nottingham back. Three days of fantastic trip to the Scotland must reach its final end. Yeah, if only we could stay longer, we would. However, as matter of fact, nothing is eternal in this temporary world. There is not everlasting happiness or sadness in this tempting world.  In here were the end of our fantastic adventure to Scotland. and Eventually,  at the end of the day in the future, I do believe it will be too nice memory to remember s. Thanks a bunch for the friendship. Dear friends, please promise me that you will never forget the time we spent together and hold tight this bond.

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We were leaving from Edinburgh at 09.30 PM and be scheduled to arrive at Nottingham at 10.50 PM. We were sleeping in the bus a long the journey between Edinburgh and Birmingham. We were so tired, indeed.  We arrived at Birmingham coach station at around 07.00 am as scheduled. While waiting for the next trip to Nottingham, we took a bath in the bus station and looked for breakfast at Birmingham City Center. I and Arif tried to find Dixy Fried Chicken, but unfortunately it was still closed. Luckily, we found Chicken Kebab Tiki at halal food stall in the city. It was quite cheap, £3.25 per each, and we got one free because we bought four pieces.

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The bus leaving for Nottingham at 08.30. Along the journey, we had the breakfast and long chats until the bus arrived at Nottingham coach station. Alhamdulillah, finally we arrived at our habitat, the city of Nottingham. We caught the Skylink bus from the bus station to our home. and that was the end of the adventure the Scotland. It would be one of unforgettable moments in Life.

In the evening (Tuesday, 28th May 2013), I went to the University Park campus for being exams Invigilator in Coat Building. The exam started at 04.30 and ended at 06.00 pm. After the exam, I went to the lab at Jubilee campus to warm out my brain with my PhD stuff after three consecutive days of break. I went home at 09.00 pm for the tight sleep.

Thank you very much for the day ya Allah. I love you as always.