After a long, long break, it’s time to recap some of the major events in recent weeks.
Had pinkeye, looked ridiculous.
Good old hayfever. Much discomfort.
Have read several books. Much enjoyment ensued.
I’ve improved my French. Considerably, I would say. To expand on this, I have to admit that I haven’t used French nearly as much as I would have wanted to. Still, I’m fairly confident that I can attain the level I originally wanted to, and at this point I feel that I can with good conscience say that I actually speak it. A nice thing to put on one’s resumé.
The whole exchange experience turned into normal life some time back. The novelty of it is gone, and life has settled into my regular nonroutines. The shelves of Delhaize no longer look foreign, for example. I have an approximate idea how things work. I’ve even begun using the strange coffee machine in the kitchen. That’s a significant landmark – I avoided it to my best ability for quite some time.
There have been a couple of breaks from routine, however. I saw my family during Easter Break, travelled to Amsterdam and Utrecht with my brother, and spent a few days in Brussels. There was also a trip to Antwerp.
Right now my eyes are peeled on the four course papers I need to finish within three weeks. On top of that, there’s always the French written tasks, the French exams, two oral exams, and a presentation on a novel that I haven’t had the time to choose yet. Fun times. On the plus side, I might learn something interesting. There’ll be a weeklong visit by my girlfriend, some traveling, quite a bit of gruesome labor to complete my courses. After that it’s nearly time to leave. But no worries; there still many things to do before departure.
One final thing: the lady’s coming for a visit on Friday. Better start cleaning the place up!