Jussi vaihtoon

Waffles and fries in Antwerp, Belgium

Language course finished, ready for IBC

I am proud to announce that I received grade A from Dutch course, which is the best possible. I did not really do so much studying at home, since we already had so much to do at school. In fact, the originally four-week course was made in three weeks this year. In my opinion that was a good way to learn a new language, since the atmosphere was all the time so intense and you were all the time in touch with the words and phrases. To sum up, the course was short, heavy, but teachful enough to give some tools for living in a Dutch-speaking city where everybody speaks English. I totally recommend the course for every exchange student.

In addition to the language course, I also attended the course ”Belgian culture and economy” which turned out to be very interesting, but requires too much work on your freetime. We visited interesting places such as the EU headquarters in Brussels and the Port of Antwerp. The big minus from a student point-of-view is that all the visits need to be reported with a 500-word document. There are now 11 reports that I have to write about things we already know, so with my Finnish studying background and culture this feels very furstrating. It feels more like copying a finished book than writing a new one. Anyway I still have time to write those and I’m really looking forward to the beginning of the real spring semester and our Erasmus-tailored International Business Course!

That’s about school for now, let’s move on to the life itself. At first I have to say I miss home more than I could have ever imagined. My family, my friends, my flat, the winter sun.. This is probably something you always feel when you leave home for a longer period, right? My dad has been telling me not to worry, after all it’s just two-hours away from Helsinki airport 🙂 I’m really waiting to get some of my friends to visit me. I’ve also ran out of money so I cannot even travel anywhere. The good thing is that riding my bike is free, so that’s how I like spending my freetime here. I’d also like to share some photography here, greetings from Bruges and the last Dutch lesson!

Bruges

Bruges

De laatste Nederlandse les!

De laatste Nederlandse les!