Admittedly, I’ve been neglecting the blog slightly over the past few days, but for a pretty good reason. I’ve finally moved out to Brussels for the next few months, which I was really excited about. So I’ve decided to write a post about how the first few days have been.
I might as well start at the beginning: day one. So I arrived in Brussels at about 9.15 (local time), having had to get up for a 6am flight (killer!!). I think I was pretty tired already but the mix of emotions kind of took my mind off it and kept me going. I was really beginning to feel nervous at this point – I had literally just arrived in a totally new country alone, where nothing was familiar. But I knew it could only get better, right?
So I arrived at the student dorm and unpacked my things. I think I was pretty grateful to have something to keep me busy for at least a while. I kept my door open, secretly wishing someone would go past and I could go and speak to them. A couple of people did walk past the room and said hi, which did make me feel slightly better.
Once I’d finished unpacking, I decided to wander around the area and perhaps find a supermarket. I walked through a nearby woodland area, which reminded me of the woods in the town I live. It was quite nice to discover something that reminded me of home, especially as I was already beginning to feel a little homesick. And eventually, I found a small shop and bought the basics for the next couple of days.
I woke up on the second day feeling slightly better (having actually slept!) but I was still feeling pretty isolated. I still didn’t know anyone yet and it was beginning to wear me down – I had to speak to someone. But when I heard two people speaking along the corridor, I was delighted that an opportunity to do just that had come up. I was quite nervous about going to speak to them, but I knew it’d be worth it. And it totally was! They were both absolutely lovely and invited me to go out shopping with them. I was so grateful to them that they let me go with them – it made me feel so much better about being in Brussels.
And so my second day in Belgium was amazing! We bought some necessities and I even tried my first real Belgian waffle. I learned so much from my two new friends, including how the public transport works and where the main shops are. And I was having a great time exploring more of Brussels. And even now, I’m still so grateful to them that they helped my confidence grow in my new home city.
Also on my second day, I met someone who I have become very friendly with – she was moving in that day. Since then, we’ve both made other mutual friends and, as a group, we’ve seen even more of Brussels. We tried waffles (I couldn’t resist a second!) and the fries with mayonnaise. We’ve seen a fair few sights, and they were absolutely incredible! Each day since I arrived has become even better than the last. And I already don’t want to go back home!
So classes will have to start soon and I’ll have to do at least some studying. But I know there’s so much more I’ll go and see, both within Belgium and further afield. I’m so excited to see what the next few months will bring. I absolutely love my new home and I know I’ll always keep coming back.