Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost

Thursday, 15 September 2011

It's all in the little things....

Pre-made packaged burger anyone?  Haha it  was a trip to the supermarket that made me think of writing this next thought.  Coming to this country, all I could think of were the amazing things I was going to see, the great people I was going to meet, and all the adventures I would have.  Now, it's true I've had all of those things, but the things I have come to appreciate the most are the ones that make Belgium the unique little corner of Europe that I have come to love!  I love the weird food that line the grocery store shelves, how you can stop by any one of the hundreds of caf├ęs that line the streets of every town for a cup of hot chocolate,  the way you get most delicious bread from the bakery everyday and the completely stacked chocolate cupboard that almost every family here has!  I even love the fact that I still can't find my spanish class, so I have to ask someone random everyday to show me where it is (It makes for some funny conversations :P)!  The fact is, I don't need to go on a wild adventure everyday, because I find that the greatest discoveries lie in the little things.

Much love!

Devyn

p.s.  Let the record show that I still do want to go on crazy wild adventures!!! :P hehe

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Dancin' Crazy :)

So I know it's been a week since my last post, but everything got really busy when school started on Tuesday.  School is HARD.  I know everyone says I'm lucky because I speak french, but that really does not help when the teachers and students are speaking a mile a minute!  At least everyone noticed I was there.  At least I think they did, because they kept pointing and staring :P  The kids seemed a little scared to approach me, but once they did, it was really quite fun!  They are all very helpful, and they enjoy laughing at my Canadian accent :P  They also find my name very amusing :)  Still, all joking aside, school leaves me feeling a little stressed and crazed, so today its was great to get back to the one thing that always calms me down.  Yep, that's right! First ever Belgium ballet class today!  It was different, and at times a little weird, but it was exactly what I needed:  a little familiarity in this strange place.  So what if the teacher was different?  So what if the other dancers where hesitant to welcome me in?  Dancing is a universal language, and so even though I can sometimes barely speak the language of this country,   I now have a place where I am always understood.   That's all I need to make me feel like home isn't that far away.  So to my fellow exchange students, or even my friends only a few hours away from home, find the one thing that makes you feel like home, and hold onto it, because it makes the tough times seem not so tough after all :)

Much love!

Devyn