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by Nhi in Belgium | October 31, 2016 · 9:05 pm
Hi Friends! Since my last blog post, I’ve visited Ostende, a coastal city in Belgium, and Gent, another beautiful city in Belgium. Whenever I return to Leuven after traveling to other cities in Belgium and Europe, I feel like I’m coming home. In this post, I’m going to take you through a typical day for me!
On a typical day I have two classes: Human Rights, a law course intended for non-law students who want to know more about human rights and how they actually play out in a European context, and Low Countries, a history class about well, the low countries, that being Belgium and the Netherlands. They’ve both been interesting and I’ve learned more about European law and history through them. The building where these classes are taught is about a 15 minute walk from my residence, and goes straight through the shopping center into a central part of Leuven. On my walk I encounter a lot of other students, in college, primary, or secondary school. I smell freshly made waffles and see people in cafes sipping their espresso or afternoon beer. There is a yummy Thai restaurant just steps away from the building where students line up for affordable (less than 5 euros!!!!!) pad thai or curry. My friends and I usually decide to catch lunch there in between our classes.
On any given day, I’ll go to a store to browse or the closest grocery store, Colruyt (think a smaller version of Costco), to pick a few things up. (It’s important to remember your own shopping bags!) One day after class, I decided to go to a vintage store with a friend. The vintage store is located at the end of Oude Markt (Old Market) a popular nightlife spot that is constantly bustling with the inhabitants of Leuven. It was a rainy day today, so the streets were a little less crowded and umbrellas were up!
Once I get back home, it’s normally dinner time so I’ll cook whatever I’m feeling like or me and a friend will make a meal together. Usually pasta and pesto or curry and rice have been the go to for me. I eat dinner a bit earlier than my hallmates, which means I get the kitchen to myself! By the time I finish dinner, the rest of the hall will decide they’re hungry and start cooking. Once you get 13 people in the kitchen trying to cook their own food, it’s bound to get crazy! During that chaos, I kick back on the couch in the kitchen and catch up with everyone and share funny stories.
To end the night, I’ll catch up on some homework, water the 3 cacti I bought at the local flea market, or stay up late talking to the people on my hall. Conversations get interesting and laughs are always shared. I’m happy to have found my rhythm in Belgium. Time is FLYING by!
Thanks for checking in, I’ll catch you again in a few weeks!
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Today I want to bring you with me and show you what a typical day as an exchange student in Thailand looks like for me. I hope you enjoy these snaps of my daily life.
My mornings start early, around 7:00 am, as I have class almost every day at 9:00 am. This gives me enough time to commute and have breakfast. Most days I stay in my bed until the very last minute, then I grab my school uniform. Most universities in Thailand have uniforms. Some are stricter than others in terms of dress code, but my university allows us to decide what to wear and it is only mandatory to wear your uniform on exams, field trips, and special days. It’s recommended that exchange students follow this rule, since students are highly respected in Thai society and it lets people know which university you go to if you ever get lost.
To get to school, I take a bus close to my apartment that takes me directly to the campus. I usually have breakfast in the cafeteria or the many shops around campus. Here breakfast is very different from what I’m used to back home but it’s great because it fills me up and gives me energy for my 3 hour class.
After class, I have one hour to get lunch. For lunch we can choose from the cafeteria, street food, or a pier nearby where there are a couple of restaurants, bakeries, and even a Starbucks, though I prefer trying new things at the local shops.
After class I get an iced coffee or tea and walk around the area before taking the bus home. There is always something to see– street performers, the architecture of the city, or even just people-watching! The campus is close to the Grand Palace, the most visited and famous landmark in Bangkok. I see it every day on my way home and I am still amazed by how beautiful it is.
For dinner I head out with friends to sample some street food or to try a new restaurant and explore the city. The rest of the evening I will spend studying. I have a Thai language quiz coming up and mastering the pronunciation is driving me crazy!
So I’ll leave it at that. I really hope you enjoyed looking into my day. Thank you for reading!
by Stephanie in Japan | January 26, 2016 · 8:00 am