On being back and missing home;

For the past fifty days, I have been asked on various occasions what my one year in Belgium was like, what it was worth, what it did and how it felt to be back. I have been scratching my head since well before my departure from the Brussels international airport as to how I would…

Citizens Talk 13.0

“One day I was sitting at the McDonald’s in France, I didn’t have WiFi so I was using some from them, but I couldn’t use the tables to sit down until I didn’t order something. I went inside and ordered a big Fanta, took it outside and sat on the last table near the newspaper…

Citizens Talk 12.0

“One year ago around the same time I was learning French using an app. I didn’t know at the time I would meet this amazing girl that would turn into my girlfriend and we would spend some amazing eight months together, even though it was long distance, we were in love, everything started with a…

Day 274- Roadtripping

Yesterday, I returned from Amsterdam after an absolutely lovely weekend with four friends. I do have to admit that I didn’t really know three of them before we were on our bus to Amsterdam but that’s the beauty of being an exchange student. You just get along with people, and even if you don’t, you…

Day 261- Let’s go Paris

Travelling does not seem to give joy to those who do it without regular reality checks. The idea of going away and running away to explore loses its meaning when there’s nothing to escape. Having traveled to Paris, London, Berlin and Alicante, I no longer feel the urge to see monuments and check them off…

Citizens Talk 10.0

“Belgians can be very conceited. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love my friends but everyone always think they’re right and everything is always a competition about being right without actually knowing facts.  The kids here are always complaining about their marks but I’ve never actually seen anyone bother to study or even take…

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…