Je bekijkt de reis...
27 augustus 2016
When I walked to the bus stop knowing the bus would have to go left to the city centre, I almost went to the bus stop on the wrong side of the road. In the Netherlands, when you want to take the bus that goes left, you have to cross the road. But fortunately I remembered they drive left here.
But it's not only the traffic. Even at shops, the entrance is on the left and the exit is on the right. (I learned that the hard way by bumping into some people).
I also went to EC (the school where I will be doing my internship) to learn how to get there and to meet my supervisor and a few of my soon-to-be colleagues. They were all so friendly and helpful. Elsa, the current intern who I will be replacing, invited me to come with her to go out that night to meet some of the students. Of course I said yes. We went to a student residence and had some drinks. There were also a few students from Colombia and Spain. They were talking very fast and it was sometimes hard to understand for me what they were saying. At that moment, I was glad I made the decision to do my internship in an English speaking county instead of a Spanish speaking one. ;) (Shout-out to my classmates who did choose Spanish! And good luck, haha.)
When we were walking to the club I was again a bit intimidated by how many people there were. This weekend there was a festival (Manchester Pride) in the Gay Village, so streets were closed off and it was probably more crowded than usual. I thought it was a Geordie Shore thing, but I actually heard people saying "buzzin'!" a few times. ;) One other thing: the (police car, ambulance and fire truck) sirens are so loud here! I really don't like them.
We went to a club called Revolución de Cuba. There was a lot of Spanish music. ¡Me encanta! When I went to the toilet, I saw a huge collection of deodorants, perfumes, hairsprays and brushes at the sink. Wow! They should do that in the Netherlands! I wonder if that's in every club in Manchester, or just this one. Either way, great idea. I bought Elsa a cocktail to thank her for inviting me. We all danced together and they made me feel so welcome, which is the best feeling when you're all alone in a foreign country.
Now I just have to find out how to get the Uber app to work, because that's how everyone goes home here after a night out.
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28 augustus 2016 12:31 | Door: Hans van den Heuvel
Leuk om je belevenissen te lezen. Ik kan me heel goed voorstellen hoe je je voelt voor de eerste keer in Engeland. Uit ervaring weet ik dat dat heel snel gaat wennen. Over een tijdje vind je het in Nederland maar stil en saai. En je kletst ons binnenkort met je Engels vast de oren van ons hoofd. We gaan het zien, want we willen in november een weekendje naar Manchester komen.
Veel succes met je werk ook!
Groetjes, Nicolette en Hans.
1 september 2016 12:01 | Door: Henny
Ha Vera, wat heb je al veel beleefd in korte tijd! Fijn te lezen dat je allemaal aardige en behulpzame mensen treft.
Tot de volgende keer!