Tuesday, January 21, 2014

First Day of Classes!

First Day of Classes as a European Exchange Student was today!
I really think I will enjoy the course and the professor was excellent and very approachable.
It will be a tough course - seems like the curriculum here is more advanced than in the United States, but that is why I took a 231 course instead of an upper level course, so that I might be able to succeed in it. 
Thanks for checking in everyone! 
We have an Amsterdam trip planned for next weekend, so keep on the watch for details about that! 
Probably going to figure out a Ghent trip for this weekend (any history buffs will understand why I am excited to go there)! :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Here's my rare second post of the day, but I just had to share my first cooking experience for fried potatoes. They are actually really good! Pineapple, Chicken, and Fried Potatoes!

Happy Sunday from Belgium!

After a long, (but great), day in Bruges yesterday, we are relaxing today and tomorrow before classes start on Tuesday (well for me). Some others start tomorrow but we are all taking different courses! I posted a ton of pictures from the smaller city of Bruges this morning! We discovered by far the most amazing thing we have seen thus far - the International Market in the city! It's only on Sundays until 2:00 so we had to be there early, but boy was it worth it! We got grapes, strawberries, oranges, lemons, pineapples, potatoes, carrots, peppers, mushrooms, deli meat for lunch (and swiss cheese), along with apricots, and a rolling shopping cart to take to the store (stores don't provide shopping carts you can leave with here and most people walk or take the subway, so you have to provide your own shopping bags), for a low price of about 35 euros!! They had all types of toiletries and clothing as well for cheap cheap cheap! Needless to say, we won't be going to the Supermarkets anymore when the fresh stuff is so cheap on sunday mornings!
Even the bag, socks (12 pairs), and underwear were all only 1 euro each!!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Another Update!
Sorry for the delay, we've been going for like 16 hours a day all week with orientation!
Everything is still going great!
I'm for sure taking European Union Politics now with Dr. Luciano Morganti on Tues/Thu 1130-1. 
We are looking for travel options for the upcoming weekends!
The Institute for European Studies is taking us to Bruges tomorrow for the day, so I'm sure I'll have a plethora of pictures to share!
I'm interning with New Europe Newspaper and will be in contact with them next week to figure out my hours going forward!
Glad each of you is enjoying my blog, I'll post again soon!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

First Two Days EXPLORING!

Hey guys!
Staying in tonight to rest up and catch up on posts so this one is a big update of where we are and what we've been up to. 
Yesterday we traveled to the Grand Palace (pictures of the Palace Square on Facebook) or as it is known in Dutch - Grote Market. 
We had our first Belgian Waffle, which was an AMAZING experience. 

We then saw the Mannekin Pis, which is one of the more popular monuments in the area. 

We are very close to the downtown area, where most of the events are!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Well we made it!
We landed about three hours later than we expected due to delays, then we spent most of the day wandering through the train system to try to locate the place we are staying. Finally after about three hours of dragging our luggage (four bags each) through the streets and trains/subways, Zach and I found our Student House and got a shower! It's 5:25 here so we are going to find food for dinner (the last time we ate was in Philadelphia at 8:00 last night!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hey guys!
This will be my last post from the United States!
I leave in the morning and will be arriving in Brussels at 8:00 AM Friday morning (their time) which is about 1 AM Sheridan time. 
The nerves have definitely set in. I am truly excited, but so nervous. 
My best friend and I will fly together, so it won't be a lonely experience. 
Finally heard today about the internship that I will be completing while there. I will be working at New Europe (which is a newspaper). I don't know the exact nature of my jobs yet, but I'll sure let everyone know when I do!
Thanks for all the kind words and prayers as I fly! I really appreciate them all as my parents and I tackle this new adventure for all of us!
Keep checking back and I'll post more as I start to get settled in the student house in Brussels!
- Josh