The first semester is over. If your Erasmus was only for the first semester it means you are at home again. Sorry. It is hard. Your life is completely different. Actually your life would be the same as before, but you are a completely different person than the person four months ago. For me it was quite “dramatic”. I went home only for some days, because my Erasmus was for one year, and I felt like I was out of the world. My friends had different jokes, new people in the group, living with my parents again… Quite shit. But don’t worry, here is the third part of Erasmus Feelings (you can read the first part here and the second part here) to remind you how awesome the Erasmus was.
When someone asks who is the roommate’s turn to do the dishes
At the beginning everything will be awesome. You will love your roommates. After a month you are going to hate them probably. Why? Because we are different. It is normal. You like to have all clean and your roommate doesn’t care if you are living in a trash world. Or you like to have your living room nice but your roommates think it would be awesome to be the hairdresser of the whole building. If you want to know what I am talking about you have to hear about my experience living with three Chinese.
When you check your wallet after an Erasmus party.
I think I don’t have to explain anything. You shouldn’t have invited the whole bar to shots.
When your roommate talks in English with you and you just woke up.
I think once one of my roommates told me the same thing 9 times because I couldn’t understand what he was saying. At all. Not a fucking single word. It was like Chinese for me. Until my third coffee at 4pm I am not an English speaker person.
When you are in the workshop group with other Erasmus.
Huge mistake. You think “well, if the whole group is Erasmus, it would be easier and we could meet more often”. Wrong. If the whole group is Erasmus, it means all of you are going to have hangover the same day. Exactly the day when you decide to meet to finish the powerpoint you end up drinking beer because, you know, beer is good for the pH of your alcoholic body.
When your Spanish friend tell you “you have to try the siesta”.
I am Spanish and if there is one reason for being proud of that, its because of the “SIESTA”. English people call it “nap”, but please… Is there any six letter words more beautiful than S I E S T A? I don’t think so. The concept is quite easy: siesta is the moment after lunch when you sleep without any reason. It could be 15 minutes or 3 hours. It doesn’t matter, it is awesome.
When someone asks you what you like more in the country you are doing your Erasmus
You will be a master of European drinks. You will arrive home with an awesome knowledge of alcohol around Europe that you would never believe it. You will be able to order a beer in eight different languages and you will love the typical alcohol from the place where you are doing your Erasmus. I did my Erasmus in Finland and I loved Salmiakki and I loved Viina. Basically, because they were cheaper than the normal alcohol, but you know, the important thing is the feeling not the taste.
When you want to have lunch in the university restaurant
It is always full. You know it. You love it. You will miss it. The incredible thing is: you will miss also the food. Yes, the food that you hated during the Erasmus…
When you listen a French person speaking in English.
I am sorry, but it is true. I know, Spanish people doesn’t know English neither, but WE ARE AWARE OF IT. French people act like they know perfect English and they are completely wrong.
When someone invites you to a drink in a Erasmus party
If someone invites you to a drink, he/she is the right person to share the rest of the Erasmus. Of course, if you are a girl it happens everywhere all the time but boys know what I am talking about.
When you have to say goodbye to your Erasmus friends
It is hard. You have to be ready to say “no no I am fine, it’s my allergy, I am not crying” or “I am fine, it is just the whole world is a sad place where I don’t want to live anymore”.
This is the third part, in case you missed it, you can read the first part and the second part. Feel free to send us your Erasmus experiences submitting a post or sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org