Where I am now

In Belgium, clearly. It’s the seventh day after my last post, simply because I have been busy starting over my life here. Exactly one week ago we managed to find a room for me in the city where I study – of course, I had found someone else to stay in my first room, thinking I’d be gone for a year. Since that day I had to put an order to my Belgian life again, choose my courses, move my stuff to the new room and trying to get used to it all – which happens quickly.

Luckily, it is not as bad as I thought it would be here. My new room is nice, I like living here, and the housemates are very friendly. The courses are okay, we’re mostly with four people in class, so that is not much at all, but less desperate than I expected. It’s also interesting to note that our professors have made it a big issue, all the troubles with going to Russia. I’m far from the only one who had such troubles (though I’m the only one to stay), but they’ve noticed and now I’m even asked to talk about it with someone. They want to hear my story to see what went wrong, in order to make things better.

It’s a little too late for me now, but okay. I will do a second attempt next year. If the university there will still take me, that is… They have done all this effort, and now I have to inform them that I won’t be coming anyway. I’m still struggling with telling them this. Fingers crossed they won’t be mad!

So, that’s the little catchup with my life. I plan to write more interesting posts again soon, but for now you at least now where I am, and how I’m doing. Take care and see you soon!

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  1. NotAPunkRocker

     /  October 2, 2014

    I am glad that they asked for your input at least. While I wish it had worked out for you this year, hopefully you get in next year and nobody else has to go through all this mess again.

    • Yes, I feel like suddenly they are aware of what is going on- which may also cause things to go way better the coming year for everyone!

  2. Glad to hear you’re alright, and resettled for this year. Even gladder to hear that as messed up as the last minute rush, followed by not going to Russia didn’t hold you down.
    Rock on, NBI!
    (And maybe you can be the new face of the Study Abroad movement.)
    (I bet the perks for that are incredible!)

  3. Sounds like a very tricky situation. I also hope it goes well for you in relating the unpleasant news to them. On the upside, Belgium is beautiful, is it not? And it sounds like the uni is at least trying to make the situation better or, at least, not duplicate the bad experience next year, which is good?! πŸ™‚

    • They are definitely inverstigating it all suddenly! Well, we can only hope that this means solutions will be found. At least they take it seriously, so that is good.

      Belgium is good, it’s okay here, but when you have been looking forward to going away, you start to see things differently πŸ˜‰ But I will survive!

  4. Keep the great attitude and look for the positives! Good to hear some things are going the way you would like- even if they are different from what you had planned.

    • I will try! It seems way less impossible than before, so that is good πŸ™‚ This was the last thing I wanted, but now I’m in this scenario and I just go along, and it goes quite well.

  5. Belgium to Russia “Y U NO take our student?”
    Russia to Belgium “Y U NO see we take Ukraine instead?”


     /  October 2, 2014

    they won’t be mad πŸ˜‰ russians are used to chaotic bureaucracy.

  7. Twindaddy

     /  October 3, 2014

    Glad you’re getting settled in. Hopefully next year will turn out quite differently.

    • With the professors jumping on the case, I think it’s safe to say that it will be at least different… I’ve got high hopes πŸ™‚

  8. Thinks happen for a reason my little chick, perhaps you are meant to be where you are for this year. Glad you like the new room and hoping this year does not suck πŸ™‚ x

    • As far as I can tell now, it seems that I’ve gotten some good things in Belgium to make up for the ‘loss’! Which is good. Things look brighter now than I thought they would, so let’s just hope it keeps on going this way πŸ™‚ x

  9. I hope you settle into the next chapter of your life πŸ™‚

    • I think I’m doing that actually! Things are looking a little bit brighter than before. And I’ve got high hopes that I’ll be leaving for Russia the coming year πŸ™‚


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