The New Life

So here I am, in my own little room in another city, having had a lesson, having met new people. Somehow, it seems a bit surreal. I wasn’t prepared, but I don’t think you can really be prepared for something you don’t really know. The most important thing though is that things are going well! Huzzah! I’m lucky to know some people here, lucky to have my brother who has helped me a lot in advance already. Lucky to not be a loner, too.

I’ve been busy yesterday. We were given information, too much, too vague, we could do a guided tour which I did, I had dinner with some classmates and some older people, I had a reception with free wine and a lot of talking. Even about Roman writers. I don’t think I should complain. For now, the people are really nice. Some of them seem to be so young still… Like kids. But after all, it doesn’t matter that hard. I’m so happy I had a busy first day! It felt like a good way to start the year. Talking to as much people as possible seems to be necessary for me. You might have noticed that, I always need people to love me. Attentionwhoring is my hobby. That’s why I started a blog, right?

There are for sure a few things that have been surprising. For example, apparently there’s a guy doing similar studies, and he’s a good friend of a good friend of mine. How small can this world be? One of the funniest things is that everyone is so predictable. You can easily tell their characteristics. Just from the way they look and act. Maybe I’m just right the same. Who’ll tell?

In Belgium, mostly the people move to the city of their university. Some don’t do it, it depends on how far away you live of course, but for me it’s two hours in a bus, doing that everyday is just suicide. So I moved as well. You can live in a residence or in a building that mostly started out as a regular house. We’ve got no roommates, but we live together with people in a building. It’s always a guess, will they be nice? Will they be horrible? I succeed a girl who wasn’t popular here. But the people in this building are all nice and friendly and I can feel at home here. They’re already a bit like family for me, just because we live here together.

I’m starting a new life and I find it both exciting and slightly frightening.O, and my studies? I’ll try to explain: my studies contain Russian and Polish, but not just the languages, also their history and stuff. It’s about both the languages and the area. They’re called Slavic studies. So nothing with dance after all :). I might perhaps do a year of journalism after this, but I’m not sure yet. Depends on how fed up I am with studying…

Thanks for your support, you people are always so nice, and you cheered me up!


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  1. Really sounds like you’re off to a great start!
    Can’t wait to hear ow it goes.

    • I’ll keep you tuned! 😉
      As you might know, I’m quite eager to talk about good stuff happening in my life, so you’ll be hearing more of me!

  2. Le Clown

     /  September 25, 2012

    Enjoy this time, NBI, how ever stressful it might get… And I will send you an email today for Sunday’s Haiku party…
    Le Clown

  3. Hooray! Glad it’s going so well. Once you get over that initial first week or two, things start to settle into a nice routine. Each day you’ll feel more and more at home – that’s my prediction. Once again, congratulations on a successful launch!

  4. Lordy lorks! The Russians and Poles have been killing each other for centuries, should be interesting learning about it.

    If you can tell what everyone’s characteristics are, does that mean everyone else is talking about how much of an attention whore you are…?

    Good luck, and stuff. Hope you come out all brainy.

    • Haha, I hope not :D. But who knows, who knows!

      Seeing the amount of information we got today, I’ll guess I will get out all brainy… Before you know it, I’ll be talking Russian and Polish all the time! (Perhaps)

  5. Oh, oh, oh, how exciting! :D:D

  6. So you’re a history major basically? Has Lily taught you nothing?

    It may take a year or so but you’ll eventually miss college, or so I have been told people do.

    • Don’t say such horrible things! It’s a language major…
      Maybe I’ll miss high school when I’m fifty… But for now, I’m quite perfectly happy with this!

  7. LOL. I am both Polish AND Russian, just born in Lithuania (not a drop of Lithuanian blood in my family – they just happened to be there!!) I also have Italian and Ukrainian roots. Yup.

    So wait wait wait. Does that mean I won the competition??? I said LANGUAGES, didn’t I?

  8. I’m glad it’s going well for you! I think you made the right choice by moving there–that way you have a real university experience. You feel more independent and grown up. You’ll make some amazing friends and you will always find people that annoy you, but such is life! Have fun, learn lots, and enjoy the best time of your life! 😀

    • I didn’t really have a choice, unless I would travel with the bus four hours each day… So moving was quite necessary :D.
      So far I’m quite contented with my life here, hopefully it will remain that way! But I’ll enjoy this as much as I can indeed!

  9. Oh – wow! What can i pick from?
    BTW – I revealed one secret as an answer to your comment back on my blog 😉

    • Lovely, sharing secrets ;).
      You can pick from anything I can somehow manage to give you. An e-card for example… 😀
      I hope to come to London once, so if I can’t send it to you, I’ll take it with me then.
      (Or I just give you a ticket to Belgium!)

  10. Gap years can be really helpful, as long as you use the time to do something productive. (I probably would have spent a gap year drinking which would NOT have been productive.). I remember most of my roommates and housemates really fondly, although a few of them had some very strange quirks…

    Continued good luck NBI!

    P.S. I’m in awe of people who manage to speak lots of languages. I’m still working on English…

    • No Blog Intended

       /  October 9, 2012

      Are you a native English speaker or not? 🙂
      Gap years would probably discourage me for any futher productive thing. If I stop with my studies now, I don’t think I’ll ever start again. Perhaps. I’m not the best at using time productively. In fact, I really suck at it :).

      • Love & Lunchmeat

         /  October 9, 2012

        Sadly I am. That’s kinda the problem. And of course, I never “learned” another language until high school, which I was also horrible at…

      • No Blog Intended

         /  October 9, 2012

        Hey, that’s quite normal I think! Don’t ask me too much Dutch theory either :). I mean, every language is difficult, even for the people who use it daily. There are two types of people as well: the ones who suck at languages but are great at other stuff like science, and the people who are fluent in 6 languages but who suck in science and stuff.


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