18 December 2016

She was a different kind of special. She wasn’t the usual, “Wait till I get some vodka in my body so we can party”, she was the “Let’s go to the skin clinic and get some free kaya cool drink just because we can.” She liked to make the world believe that she would change…

My Host Family (Mijn GastFamilie)

I know, my exchange is almost over but better late than never right? Today, I’m going to introduce you to my host family. My family consists of my host mother, brother and sister. My host mother is a management and life coach and has her own business called “the coaching square”. She is extremely sweet…

Citizens Talk 9.0

“So there is a lot of gossip, But what is going on is that the people are done with the government, and we want to change it. So there are massive protests throughout the country. And the groups armed by the government are killing people in the protests, even the National guard is not letting people protest. The…

Spain- Day 242

I realized I haven’t blogged about Spain half as much as I should’ve. After all, I did spend about a month of my exchange there. The first thing you notice about Alicante, is that there’s no hurry. Everyone seems to be so at ease and focusing on the now. It’s among the only places where…

Citizens Talk 8.0

“I haven’t really met a lot of immigrants in my circle but some of my mom’s friends are immigrants. Most of them ran away from bad economy but there’s one family who came from El Salvador and I have a lot of respect for them because their children weren’t even 7 years old when they…

Citizens Talk 7.0

“Once I’ve been on a trip to Poland with a group of Wallonian people and that was fun. It was funny because there Dutch was so horrible that I had to try to speak French. I noticed there is of course a huge linguïstic gap, but also a slight cultural one. It’s like in France…

Citizens Talk 6.0

“I lived in Mexico with my sister and mom for two years. I’m half Mexican and my sister and I wanted to explore that side of our heritage.  I feel that the people in Belgium are not as open as in mexico, not just in the way of accepting different cultures but also in the…

Citizens Talk 5.0

“​Is there anything you’d change about Belgium?“ “Well, I would say the social view we have could use a change. It’s not that the people are rasict or something but they tend to be pretty close minded or really negative in general. For example, I have morrocan roots and people suspect every move I make just because…

Citizens Talk 4.0

“There are a lot of good things here but like the structure of our country isn’t right according to me. I think everything should be dicided or on a federal level (state of Belgium) or on the level of the regions (Flanders, Wallonia, Brussels). I don’t know what would be the best system but I…

Citizens Talk 3.0

“I lived in Mexico for two years with my mother since I’m half mexican and half belgian, my sister and I wanted to explore that side of our culture. Mexicans are laid back compared  to belgians. I feel belgians are “colder” and tend to be more hostile. Mexicans like to enjoy life. Such as how Belgians…