Sitting at the gate at the airport I realize that I am the sole American going to Belgium. No one is speaking in English. I’m glad the phone call I made was in Russian, my fellow passengers may have judged me otherwise! That’s beside the point, the point is I’m off to study in Brussels for a semester. Why Brussels? Simple, once you break it down.
Belgium’s national languages include French and Dutch…lo and behold, I happen to speak French! Great start, ok what else? Belgium is the hub of UN and EU affairs…my major being European Studies certainly doesn’t hurt! There are many other reasons but the main one is that Belgium is central and accessible to the rest of Europe. Hopefully I’ll get to revisit a chunk of it seeing as I didn’t end up going to university here.
Regardless of the reasons, it’s safe to say I’m excited. This is it. Crunch time. The test to see if I can make it abroad, if I can survive without the much appreciated help of my mother, if Europe is the place for me. It’s almost time so to board so for anyone who’s reading, au revoir and wish me luck!