‘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?’
What first comes to your mind when you think about Celtic music? Usually… ‘it’s some sort of Irish dances? Flutes and violins, and guys jumping on one leg…?’ Well let’s say that this was more or less what I was thinking (shame, shame!) when I went to see Beltaine back on a freezing December day…
Cross your legs, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and say ‘ommm’. Then clear your mind, think of nothing for 5, 10, 15 minutes. Breath in, breath out. Clear your mind, don’t think. Breath. Clear, don’t think, in and out. Then your life changes. Is it really that simple? Can meditation transform your life?
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.
It was in July 2009. A friend, very excited, was telling me about a band called Nightwish. For me, the only thing rattling around my head in regards to this name was a bunch of long-hair high school kids dressed in black leather jackets and armed with very rebellious looks on their faces.