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Life Update - Erasmus


I really haven’t taken any time for blogging lately, and quite frankly I miss it. I really enjoy writing and sharing things with you, so I felt like something was missing this past month. I moved to Bologna in Italy for my Erasmus, so big changes have been going on and I’ve had to accommodate.
Bologna is such an extraordinary city; it’s extremely beautiful, the weather is amazing and the people are wonderful. I am really happy that I chose this city, I feel like I belong here and it truly suits me.
For the first couple of weeks I found it difficult to make friends; I felt so detached from everyone, I couldn’t seem to meet people similar to me, or with whom I clicked. Anxiety made me feel quite overwhelmed on several occasions but I’ve managed to power through and eventually meet a lovely group of international people. That’s what I love the most about the Erasmus experience: we come from different countries, but we’re all together in this same city for similar purposes.
Before going on Erasmus I’d heard about the heavy drinking, not caring about uni and the large amount of people you constantly keep meeting. For my part, it’s all quite true. I’ve never drunk this much in my life: we go out multiple times a week, often for several days in a row and we live off this unhealthy habit with an additional lack of sleep and by overeating (usually pizza, it’s so cheap and good here!). We individually take days off, to rest and gain our strength back, but we’re back at it in no time. Staying out late and drinking makes us all ill at one point, but we kind of just accept that we’re going to have a bad cough for an undetermined amount of time; it doesn’t stop us from having fun!
Venice - Erasmus trip 10/2017
I must say that, for now at least, I’m very satisfied with my Erasmus life. After a disappointing and difficult two years at uni in England, I’m glad to finally experience what so many students seemed to already have. Of course, I still have my moments and it’s not easy every day, but it’s generally going well. The main downside, however, is that a majority of the people I’ve met are only staying for one semester, whereas I’m staying for the entire year. I have some friends who will be staying the whole year like me, but we will have to continue without the others. Of course, their leaving means that others will arrive, including my best friend Angela (Unapologetically Angie) that I can’t wait to see again! I can’t wait for her to arrive, we always have so much fun together. 
Following classes in Italian has proven to be quite the challenge: I usually understand most of what is going on, only if I am concentrated. As soon as I am tired or zone out for a minute, I am completely lost and have no clue what the lecturer is talking about. Most of my classes have slides or reading material to help, so I’m not too concerned about the upcoming exams; and the professors have been very supportive and helpful about the fact that I am foreign.
We are now coming at a time where I need to start studying, and not go out as much. To be fair, I’m naturally not wanting to go out as much anyways; it’s getting colder every night, and the lack of sleep is catching up on me. I still very much enjoy meeting up with my friends, but the idea of clubbing every day isn’t so appealing to me anymore. I’m sure there are still many fun nights in store for me, in any case.
Thank you for reading, and please feel free to share how your year abroad or university experience is going, I’d love to know !
Lots of love,
Eleonore.  

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