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First Time In Amsterdam

Amsterdam, 23/03/18 -

 

First Time In Amsterdam

 

I decided last year to spend one year in a country I did not nothing about, in a city I'd never been before. Amsterdam was for me all the stereotypes I heard about it, and the lovely pictures of the bridges with the bikes you can find one Google Image and Instagram.

I discover Amsterdam during my integration week in August 2017. I was Lucky, the sun was shinning and it was warm, almost hot. I walked around the city for one week, from the morning to the evening and I really liked it. My first impressions were really good. The first experiences I had, (integration week not included) were not as good as I expected. I was looking for an apartment, I was living in hostels with strangers and weird people. 

If I don't think about it, I will say that I found the city beautiful, exactly like the pictures. Compare with Paris, Amsterdam is like a village, with small buildings, few tiny Streets, and still has the charisma of a European Capital with huge places, famous buildings and attractions. 

My first impressions and my first experiences are opposed to each other. I couldn't enjoy my new life in Amsterdam because I did not feel at home, even safe. I think what makes a place your home is the people around you, the place where you live and the safety. I did not have anything of this. Only after one month I felt good in Amsterdam and I started to enjoy my Erasmus life as every international student.

At least, what I know right now and what I decide to remember is that, what happen in your life makes good stories. I decide to be thankful for the lessons I received and for the experience. Now, and for the future, I will be able to take care of myself and I am prepared for the next first times somewhere else.

 

By Marion Caspar

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