I stayed in England for exactly one semester, which means that the fifth month of today’s diary is also the last one in this series. However, if you like these living abroad themed entries (my year of volunteering in Austria, my Erasmus semester in England), I have good news for you. A new living abroad series is coming up very soon! More on that in the next weeks; now it’s time for the last Erasmus-diary.
– 1st of january, friday – Happy new year! Or should I say happy hangover? Read more »
– 3rd of december, thursday – I decided to leave my English class early, so I could celebrate Sinterklaas with the Dutch students. I was helping a friend all semester with her internship in which she taught Dutch conversation classes to British students. My task was basically to engage with the students and talk with them. We drank some mulled wine, listened to typical songs and they wrote poems for the students – so nice.
– 5th of december, saturday – I went to the airport of Manchester with five friends, because we were going to spend the weekend in Dublin. We already saw that the flight before and after ours was cancelled, but for some reason we were going to fly. Once in the air, about halfway, the pilot told us we weren’t going to Dublin but to Shannon. Shannon? Yes, that’s on the complete other side of Ireland. One friend was listening to music and missed all the commotion, so it was quite funny when she realized we were in a different airport. Our bus to take us to Dublin didn’t arrive for hours and we ended up arriving in the middle of the night. We were super tired and took a taxi to the hostel, tying to get at least a little sleep. We were a bit sad to have our first night in Dublin ruined by the storm. Read more »
– 1st of november, sunday – The month started with a huge hangover, caused by a super fun Halloween party the night before. I didn’t manage to drag myself out of the house until two in the afternoon to go for a walk with my parents, who were visiting me.
– 2nd of november, monday – My parents left in the early afternoon, so my British university life went back to normal. One of my roommates had her birthday, so we decided to surprise her with a dinner in a pub and a quiz. We had a lot of fun! Read more »
– 1st of october, thursday – In the evening, I went to a training of the trampolining society for the first time and I enjoyed it a lot. I’ve always wanted to do trampolining as a sport, but around where I live it was never possible. Perfect moment to try during my Erasmus semester!
– 2nd of october, friday – We had one of our family dinners in the evening and afterwards we went to the international party at the student’s union. I’m still amazed by the fact that they had two club-like rooms down there in the university building. Unfortunately I was getting this fresher’s flue that everybody was talking about and I didn’t feel good at all. I didn’t drink because of this and I left relatively early. Happy to see my bed! Read more »
I had so much fun making my ESC-diaries in retrospect about my volunteering experience in Austria, that I thought it would be cool to take a trip down memory lane and do the same for my Erasmus exchange semester in Sheffield, UK. I won’t make a whole post explaining the process, as I’m afraid some things might have changed in the past years, but I will give you a little bit of context before going into the diary itself.
I was doing a bachelor in Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Groningen. I went on my Erasmus exchange during the first semester of my third year, which for us was a semester that you could fill with something of your choice (subjects from other faculties/internships/study abroad) as long as you had 30 ECTS at the end of the semester. During my second year, I could apply for three universities and I got my first choice: the University of Sheffield in the UK! Read more »