I admit that I never quite know where I am going next, but a funny fact is that in the past two and a half years I have lived in 7 different houses, in 6 different cities, in 3 different countries.
I am always packing and unpacking and I’ve gotten quite good at that. That is the easy part, the hard part is getting used to a new place over and over again. I just finished my second week of classes at the University of Bordeaux 3 – Defle, and I feel like I got a pretty good routing going on already.
I have 16 hours of class every week, 3 pretty easy going teachers and a few good friends at Defle. About 3 or 4 times a week, Australians Jess and Jenny, Swedish Hillevi and I have dinner together, always alternating between our dorms. Cooking and eating in a group is great, it is always more fun and even healthier in our case. On our table there is always some bread, cheese, veggies and meat. Not forgetting the most important of all; the wine. Our dinners are long, most times we start cooking 18:30 and always chill around afterwards, drinking wine and munching on some good fresh made baguette with Camembert.
A couple times a week we go to the grocery store, usually on Mondays, since that is our day off. Thursdays and Fridays we go out for a drink or just get together again. We’ve even met up to go jogging together, even if that means just running up to the bakery, getting some bread, and running back home.
Occasionally I go out with Rotex and Rotary Exchange Students, those are still fundamental in my life, I don’t know what I would do without my Rotary Family.
Routines are not always a good thing, I have always been afraid of falling into them. But in a foreign country, where I can’t speak much of the native language, having a routine means safety for me. If I’m having fun and enjoying my time throughout my week, why not just repeat it until I go back home?
Not gonna lie, I could really get used to this pretty easily.
- Post’s photo: Moving out of the Petrie’s with Roch’s help, December, 2011.