‘How do you like your Erasmus in the Netherlands? I bet you’re partying all the time?’ This is the reaction no. 1. Sometimes there’s also the reaction no. 2. ‘The university there, it’s probably so much better than ours, right? You’re not gonna want to come back?’
Is your Erasmus exchange in the Netherlands? Well then, you won’t want to come back to Poland. Why? Because you’ll like weed too much. This is the reaction number 1. Sometimes there was also the reaction number 2, but it was occurring much less often than the reaction number 1.
They looked like two beautiful princesses. Big blue eyes, long blonde hair, and a smile. An imaginary one, because I could not see it. Jelena and Olivija are two Lithuanian teenagers. They love to swim in a small swimming pool in the backyard, watch movies and learn English from an old dictionary.
Any Portuguese town looks like bride’s finery – something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – said an American novelist, Mary McCarthy. Even though expressed more than 50 years ago, her words are still very true.
Going on Erasmus? Or maybe you have just changed your job? Perhaps you decided to taste a new culture by living in a new country? No matter of what your motives are, moving abroad is a big deal. It takes energy and time to adapt, can be stressful and not always successful from the start.
2 522 km, 4 countries on the way and 13 degrees of difference. In June 2015 Portugal was awaiting as the big unknown. Tasted like a combination between scary and thrilling. How am I going to adapt there…??