WELCOME TO MY YEAR ABROAD IN BELGIUM!

Here you will find posts about, my struggles, my thoughts, what I am doing, where I am going, cool people I have met, and just cool stuff in general I did throughout the day.

I will post daily! Also I will definitely put pictures up about very interesting things, like what I have seen, what I have done, who I have met, and other pictures!

Stay tuned and make sure to keep in contact with me and up to date on my life in Belgium as I move on into a completely different culture!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Waking up for school.. and my past weekend! Happy Birthday Mom!

I feel it's still very hard waking up for school on a monday morning after a big party that lasted late sunday night... but it's weird because here it's way easier for me to wake up except I'm tired in the morning but I wake up as the day goes on and everything is ok!

Anyway tonight my host dad, host mom and I went on a night walk on a trail and we saw Bats and horses and some foxes while our dog searched for animals it was actually really fun! After I showed my parents an app I have on my Iphone where you can tell which stars you are looking at and they thought that was really cool!

Last weekend was great Friday September 16, 2011 I went to Brussels for Memorial Van Damme (like the olympics but not the olympics) to watch Usain Bolt win the fasted 100m race ever!

Saturday September 17, 2011 My Mom's birthday who I sent a gift to! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I saw an amazing concert by Puggy, a Belgium band here that will make it BIG! They sound like Muse but with a different take to them...

Sunday night September 18, 2011 I saw Stromae in concert for free, he is VERY famous in Europe but not so well known in the USA. He is a DJ slash Rapper and he raps to house music and other types. The only rapper who actually is fun to listen to and not raps about sex or drugs or bust'n a cap in someone. Or at least I think he doesn't I can't really understand French but he's pretty dope...!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

School on Wednesdays!

Great day at school today I ended at 11 am because I don't have math class anymore it was too hard and they think since I don't even know the language yet and the math is calculus that it would be better just to not have it at all and have off periods! SO I AGREED for now at least until I learn more of the language!

WOW! all of my weekends have been packed this month!

Starting out with Liege on the 2nd

Then 3rd going to the pool with my brother Clement and My father's Brother Bernard.

Sunday the 4th I don't remember but I do remember I was tired then.

Last weekend I had my Village party of Esneux beer, games, and petanque which is a game where you have a little ball the size of an avacado center and you have 2 metal balls that weigh approximately 3 or 4 pounds not too heavy but a good amount of weight. You throw those two balls closest to the small ball kind of like horseshoes without the horseshoes and the peg thing. It's hard to explain but when I come back I will teach everyone.

Last weekend all weekend Friday I went to a party in Tilf and met with my Belge and Rotary friends.

And Saturday and Sunday (1   0-11) we had our Village party

This weekend friday (16) I am seeing Van Damm which is an athletic conference and my families are into working out cycling running soccer beer. So its a big conference where all olympians meet and practice and also run races and Usain Bolt is going to be there, this is in Brussels.

Saturday (17) a big band in Belgium (Puggy, search them on youtube) will be playing in Liege for free at a big festival and I will meet my friends of Belgium and Rotary and hang out listen to some Alternative Rock and have a great time.

Sunday (18) one of the biggest artists in Europe (Belgian Dj) will be performing at liege for free! His name is Stromae also search him on Youtube. So I think I am meeting friends or going with my family.

Then the weekend after that Friday-Sunday (23-25) MY BEST FRIEND ELIAS is coming to visit me for the weekend and we will go out to liege and celebrate with other friends, belge and rotary!

And finally the weekend after that is David Guetta in Nandrin Belgium which isn't too far from me thats on Friday september 30, after the concert my friend Katie is spending the night at my house for 3 days and we will just chill out and maybe go to liege!

FUN! I find it hard to find time to meet with all of my friends because all of my weekends are packed so I tell a lot of them no a lot but I will eventually get all this sorted out.

But as of yesterday, I have officially been here for a month and loving it!!!! Nope not homesick yet! But I do miss my friends and family! :)

AND SOME PICTURES THAT I TOOK. Some random




Monday, September 5, 2011

Random words... FUNNY!....

Oh and another thing words here are WAY DIFFERENT!
FOR EXAMPLE:

"Douche" = shower here (first day my mom here said do you want to douche... I was like, no I am definately good, and she thought I didn't ever want to take showers here???? HAHAHA)

"Perservatives" = Condoms (don't ask me how or why?)

"Je Suis chaud" - (which when translated I am hot as in temperature) Here it means I am horny... I made that mistake a couple times and my family corrected me.

"Je suis bonne" - I am good (no it means I am ready for sex)

YES! the culture here is a lot more laid back and liberal, sex jokes all the time and nobody cares. Young or old make jokes its just a conversation starter I guess hahaha :) anyway a random word fact!


First Day of School:

Today was not what I was expecting. I have a different schedule everyday.

MONDAY: (Lundi)
- Biology (already learned all of it)
- Math (Uh yeah.... Calculus... so hard)
- French
-Religion (with a guy who randomly shouts it is a bit like Turrets)
~LUNCH~ (1 hour I get to walk around Liege)
- English (DIFFICULT! It is British english which is REALLY different! It's fun listening to the class speak it though and today I gave a presentation on where I come from how its like back in the USA, my personality, and so on...)
- History (cool teacher but I almost fell asleep)
- English AGAIN!
- Off period

There are 8 Periods in a day school starts at 8:20 but I have to ride the train to get to it because it is in liege so I still have to get up at 6-6:30 or less to get ready. School ends different each day. Today we ended at 4 pm. Each class is 1 hr long and WE DON'T CHANGE CLASSES, we sit in the same class all day long (except for language class) We have a 20 minute break at 10 am and lunch at 12-1 and then another break at 3 or so. My school is 4 stories tall it is HUGE bigger than 3 of fossil ridges.

TUESDAY: (Mardi)
- Physics
- Geography
- Spanish
- French
~LUNCH~
- Religion
- Spanish AGAIN
- Math
- OFF period
I end at 4 pm again

WEDNESDAY: (Mercredi)
- English
- Spanish
- Math
- Sociology
END! HALF DAY ON WEDNESDAYS!!! We end at noon!

THURSDAY: (Jeudi)
- Gym (we only have 2 hrs of physical activity a week no school sports here just academics. also no school spirit day or our school television station) (Ridge TV)
- Gym again
- Sociology (I don't even know what that is?)
- Spanish
~LUNCH~
- Geography
- French
END! I end at 3 pm today!

FRIDAY: (Vendredi) "friday, friday getting down on friday, everybody's looking forward to the weekend... ??" (seriously school is strict here, no hats, no cellphones they call gsm, no ipods, and eye contact at all times! So We are looking forward to the weekend because all the students are partying) (Belgians don't know who Rebecca Black is???!!!)
- Math
- French
- English
- History
~LUNCH~
- Sociology
- Sociology TWICE!??
- Chemistry
END! at 4pm then straight to liege with friends to celebrate the weekend! :) which they call holidays every break its "oh what are you doing for your holidays?"

This is what my class room and my "class" for the year  (group of students around 20 students) (our grade (5) has around 250 students and there are 6 grades here 1 through 6 it begins at 12 and ends at 18 so thats around 1500 students more or less) I got in trouble for taking my phone out to take this picture too! this is my math teacher... strict!!!!


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