Now, it's been two weeks already since school has started for me. And I have to admit: being a student in Holland is easier than here in England especially when it come to homework. Although I do not have many hours of lectures during the week (between 10-15) I still have to read and summarise a lot in order to be prepared for tutorials/lessons. Besides that, I am used to just sit in a room with 30 people during the classes/lectures so no wonder it was new to me to be in a room with over 100 students. It is sometimes very noisy and hard to understand the teacher. The tutorials, which are basically to deepen your (marketing) knowledge, are mostly taught in a small group of people (which I really prefer). After school I often go to the library to study/read/summarise and do my homework. I really like the library here since they provide more computers (including iMacs) and a silent study area (not just one small room, no a whole area). If I am not at school or in the library, I am at the gym. Yes, I finally joined the gym. It is a really nice gym which is close to our flat. Plus, since it is the school gym it is pretty cheap compared to other gyms around here.
It costs me 14 pounds per months and includes: gym classes (such as step aerobics), sauna, swimming pool and a normal gym. A few weeks ago I started looking for a job and applied for several part-time vacancies but none of the shops/companies replied apart from McDonalds. So I got invited for an interview and had a trial hour to show if I am motivated to work for McDonalds. At the end the manager told me he liked me, wrote down my data and said he would contact me as soon as he got my timetable. Since I had to wait for my timetable, it took me a bit longer to hand it in but I eventually did hand it in 1 1/2 weeks later. After I haven't heard anything for a week (well, apart from a call from another McDonalds but outside of Leicester- WTF?), I decided to pop by and ask if they still consider hiring me. To my surprise, the manager left the company, which to them meant: I had to apply again. Since I found that really weird, I decided to not apply again but keep looking for another job (haven't found any yet). And since I do not get any money from the government at the moment (bureaucracy) nor any Erasmus (bureaucracy, too), it feels like I keep spending too much money without really earning any.
It is so annoying to organise all the signatures or documents through e-mail (since some people just cannot be bothered to respond- of course not as it is not their money they are waiting for). And as karma isn't fighting back enough already, our washing machine isn't really working properly. It doesn't heat up to 40 degrees nor to 90 and the drier doesn't work either, which is not really handy if you want to wash your bedsheets and cover and you only brought one bed cover haha. And although we complained about it and a maintenance guy tried to fix it, it still wouldn't work properly, so I will go to Sulets (our letting company) to hopefully get it all sorted out. A little shock hit me this morning, when I thought that our freezer had broken down (it started beeping and defrosting our food and itself). But I believe someone just did not close the freezer door properly. But apart from that, everything is fine. I hope everyone is enjoying their time abroad. :)
Hope to hear from you soon, Sonja xx
PS: Since I am very busy with school, I do not really find the time nor the motivation to blog too often. :) Plus, I hope my german friends can handle the english text haha
AND PICTURE OVERLOAD (including pictures from the trip to Stradford-upon-avon :)
PS: ONE OF MY FRIENDS IS GETTING MARRIED! CONGRATS MARIEKE AND PHILIP! (Still a bit weird since I am not even close to a wedding and she's my first friend getting married! BUT still really happy and excited for both of them) :)