Im a third year nursing student, and I always wanted to do an exchange. I have been in Bruges, Belgium now for 1,5 months, and the same time is still left. I can really say that I have had the time of my life! Belgians are really friendly, and I don’t remember any time that someone would have been rude to me. Bruges is the most beautiful place I have ever seen, and it is also very compact and full of history. The best thing has been getting new, really good friends. And not only other exchange-students, but also locals. Last week we had a great international week at Leuven and Brussels. There was students from all over the europe, and we had some lessons and of course parties! Travelling here is easy, it’s a small country and trains are quite cheap.
My first internship was in a psychiatric hospital, in a ward for patients with psychosis. Almost everyone there spoke really good english, also the patients! It was a nice surprice. It was easy to get in to new work environment. I had good 5 weeks there, and I was almost crying when I had to leave!
The second placement is in intensive care unit, so it’s something totally different. First days have been really interesting, again the people working there are really friendly, so I have no stress about anything.
Otherwise life is treating me well, days go fast and I’m really enjoying every moment. Eating lot of waffles, sitting in cafes and tasting different kind of Krieks (typical cherry-flavored beer) make me happy every day. Of course there have been days that it’s been raining all day, I was sick two times, but still, I have enjoyed every moment! I haven’t felt lonely at all, even though I’m not spending so much time with other erasmus-students. I have continued my hobbies here too, example doing sports and geocaching. In a few weeks I will have my two-weeks easter-vacation, and I’m heading to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Den Haag and Antwerp. So I still have a lot of cool things to wait for!