I think words can’t describe how happy to be here today in Maastricht, fell in love with not only the city but also with the people I got to meet and live with for the last 5 months. There is no doubt that I have a family here, and certainly will never forget how they changed my life.I didn’t know it would be so hard to leave, the thought of going back brings mixed feelings that I’ve never imagine before coming here.
The experiences I had here, of living in another country, with people from all over the world, with low budget and enormous will to discover Europe…was the best. The worst part it is actually saying goodbye to the best 5 months of my life.
Some people may say that in your life after you get older your true friends are fewer and you can make new ones but they will never be as true as the old ones. For some time I believed that however life keeps surprising me with greatness. The main reason my exchange was so worth it was because of the friendships I developed here and for sure they are as true as friends can get.
I live in a guesthouse with other 19 people. So I wake up every day either with one of my flat mates knocking on my door to get breakfast or just people(cleaners or pigeons mostly) making noise…as much as I want to go home it is going to be very lonely compared to having always someone to talk to or hang out. Last week was the final week of all my flat mates together so we had family dinner almost every night. We had a lot of risotto, pasta, pizza and fun!!
I think it is because a live in a big city, we don’t have organized Chritmas lights, is all a mess.There are some housesthat have huge lights and some don’t, it doesn’t look good at all. Here is so nice, is like you are driven into this whole new atmosphere, which I love. We also don’t have Christmas markets, it blew my mind when I saw that the square was turned in to this wonderful place.
A few malls in São Paulo have indoor ice skating, but for some reason that never appealed to me as a fun thing to do. So for the first time I ice skated, even though it was kind of stressful, it was so much fun!
My plans for now are London, Italy and Portugal…than back to Maastricht again for one last farewell. After that back to reality, work, uni, see my friends and family (which I’m really excited for) aaand eating a lot of my mom’s food! It was a surprise to me when I figure it out that I enjoy cooking, but now my laziness has become a problem and the only thing I eat is noodles and rice.
Exams are coming so is time to focus and work hard, which makes my hallway even more depressive. Everyone is either studying or gone home. The next few days more people will leave and hopefully new people will come and I get the chance to meet them! Surely whomever comes is going to have the best time of their lives.
Now the only thing I want from Maastricht is snow, many people have told me is not happening but I still have hope! It snowed just a little bit last week and it was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen! Even though the rain seems to be here to stay…really hope to see snow again.