Sunday, 16 October 2016

Moving Out, University Life & A Blogging Break | Current Life Update ✩

Dear reader, 
I haven't sat down and blogged an actual, personal post in a while. Today I figured I'd share a Current Life Update, just so some of you who have been following me from the very beginning will know what's going on and of course what'll happen with my blog in the future. This post is a bit of a chit-chat, so I'm just going to ramble. 

My student life started at this week long event called TOP Week, which is essentially just a week where students pray that they don't get liver failure. What happens is there are various activities planned throughout the day and parties in the evening. For example, there was a Beer Cantus, Swimming Pool party, visiting different student associations etc. 

It's an incredibly fun way for people to get to know one another before classes start, as well as a good way to discover the city where we are studying. TOP Week was about two months ago, in the late summer heat. Time caught up with us though - it's currently October and all I have of TOP Week are a few stained t-shirts, stickers that have lost their stickiness, a whole bunch of leaflets (aka marketing schemes) and some really good friends. I'm still finding my feet here because I recently stepped - no, jumped - out of my comfort zone. I moved out of my family house in early September. I live with my friend and roommate Deb (who you'll probably meet eventually) in a two bedroom apartment. We've been sharing the apartment for about two months now, and there is still a couple of things we need to organize but for the most part, we're really sorted out! 

I think we [Deb and I] got really lucky when we decided to rent this apartment, as there are two bedrooms, a shared bathroom, shared kitchen, balcony, storage room and a living room - pretty luxurious for two students! The only thing that neither of us like is our conflicting schedules. I'm usually home a lot earlier than Deb is, meaning I have a ton of free time on my hands. Admittedly, I mostly use it to drink my bodyweight at the Starbucks on campus and occasionally to nap away my responsibilities. If not that, I'm stressing about mid-terms, furnishing our living room and worrying about encountering the little mouse in the attic which I lovingly named Timmy. 

If you didn't know, my family has moved back to South Africa, but I am staying here in the Netherlands to study Online Culture (Art, Media and Society). It's been strange living without my family, but I've made some friends at uni and I still keep in touch with my friends from Rotterdam, plus my boyfriend and I are still together so I don't feel too lonely. Despite living in the Netherlands for 3 years, I still feel somewhat of an outsider - sure I know how to get around and I can understand the language, but there are still cultural differences I am getting used to. 

My actual university is lovely - I am so happy that I decided to choose this course. It's ideal for someone like me who is into politics, what's happening all over the world, studying humans, writing essays etc.  University and moving out have kept me very busy though, hence the reason I haven't blogged.  Don't get me wrong, I love blogging with all my heart. It is an outlet, an expression and extension of my passion for all things beauty, cruelty-free and travel related. However, I hate uploading sporadically so I'm still trying to figure out a schedule that'd work.

For now, I have written a few posts for this blog and collaborated with other bloggers such as NellaCoco and BeautyAndTheNature, but I am going to take a little bit of a break until all my exams and projects are finished so I can fully devote myself to this, as it's not something I want to do half-heartedly. I hope to have a proper blogging schedule up soon, but for now, we're all just going with the flow. Hope things are groovy your side. If they're not, I hope that they will be better soon! 

Love always,

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