Two weeks ago, I arrived in Gent.
The first thing that came to mind when I set my feet was: “Wow, where is everyone?”. At that time, I only saw some cars, some bikes and few people in the streets, which is really different from my hometown – Ho Chi Minh city, a busy and noisy city. It’s so peaceful. And I feel extremely relaxed when I am here.
I had chances to discover the city before I went to school for the Introduction week. Gent is such a beautiful city, an ineffable beauty. It is so difficult to describe it, but it truly touches my heart. Maybe it’s because it is the first time I went away from my home to study and live, or because I have a rich imagination.
Who knows? Now, I am starting a new journey in life.
What do you wanna hear from my first days of journey? Hm…Let me think. Food?!
Belgium is famous for its chips. The first days when I came to Belgium, I tried many chips with many kinds of sauces, just…one snack per day (the third day, I had pimples). Well, but frankly speaking, I can’t remember the name of shops, like the way I can’t remember the name of streets here. But, about the chips, if you ever come to Belgium, you must try chips there. Tartar sauce is the best.
“Friendly” is a typical adjective I give for the people in Gent. From the driver I met on the tram in the first day of arriving in Gent to the watch-maker near my dormitory, they all treat me by all their kindness and enthusiasm.
“Enthusiastic” is also the word to describe teachers here. I am now on the 1st week of studying. They are all richly inspiring and creative in teaching. It is also different from my country’s education system. For example, the things they wear when they teach class, it’s just simply a T-shirt with trousers, sometimes jeans, while in my country teachers always tuck their shirt in their trousers.
In my course, I meet many students from all around the world: Korea, China, Estonia, America, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey… Each person has their own special characteristic that somewhat shows their country’s characteristic. I am a typical Asian girl – less talk, less open. I am learning how to open my heart, break out my comfort zone.
Well, is it too long? To finish, I have some advice for you.
If you get an opportunity to go outside, don’t consider staying where you are right now. Opportunities only come once. Once you go, you want to go more. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ― Henry Miller
If you haven’t had a chance yet, stand up and find it now.
Hình Thị Thùy Trang
From Hoa Sen University
Exchange Student – MOCOMA – Autumn 2017-2018