My Erasmus exchange is LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY!!! Crazy! I thought I’d share where I am in the process right now with you guys. Going on an exchange is way harder than just getting on a plane and going.
So far I have done the following:
- Applied in my home university for the exchange.
- Applied to Kempten UAS.
- Done a language assessment test.
- Done a bunch of “GoAbroad” assignments: essays, powerpoints and budgets…
- Applied for housing in Kempten
- Had a huge headache thinking about courses to take, how to get money and everything else in my school and daily life that will be put on hold during my exchange. <— this has been the hardest so far. It sucks having a nice apartment, less than a year left of your studies and a job and just getting up and leaving. It’s a huge inconvenience but I know I won’t regret it.
And I still have to:
- Book plane tickets.
- Check up my scholarship
- …..write about 10 pages on my thesis and a bunch of assignments for school.
1. Oil on bread. Butter is not the go to option here in Spain for putting on bread, it’s olive oil.
2. Siesta. The stores and restaurants will close down a few hours every day for siesta. A bit unconvienent for me, who would like to shop and eat during those hours.
3. The traffic. If you don’t know what to do in a roundabout with more than one lane don’t bother driving. Parking is always tricky, being able to parallel park perfectly and fitting into small parking spots is a must.
4. Dinner time. Dinner in Spain is much later than in Finland. Finnish people like eating dinner at 4pm-7pm. Spanish people like eating dinner at 10 pm-11 pm.
5. Paying for bread. You might be eating out and the friendly waiter brings you bread. YOU MUST PAY FOR THE BREAD EVEN THOUGH YOU DIDN’T ORDER IT!!! Even if you don’t eat it, you will find it added to your bill. The bread won’t be very expensive, just a few euros, so it’s not a big deal but something to keep in mind when eating out.
6. Where is the milk? Why is there no fresh milk? The only milk I’ve been able to find is stored in room tempature and has a shelf life of 428482834 years.