What were your first impressions in Rotterdam? Before I moved here, I heard several different opinions about this city, including â€œsuper modernâ€, â€œartsy in a weird wayâ€, â€œvery busyâ€, and â€œugly with all those buildingsâ€. We all perceive things differently, and seeing what others have to say about something might be surprising to others. Moving to a new city or country, for instance, comes with different experiences â€“ good and bad. The beauty of it all is that we experience new (and sometimes even weird) things every day of our lives. You know whatâ€™s even better? Sharing your stories with others, thatâ€™s what!
Hereâ€™s what a few full-time students in Rotterdam had to say about their experiences* so far and my little two cents in italics:
Best experience: Sitting on a rooftop with friends, sipping a beer, watching fireworks, and listening to some music in the summer.
Strangest/ weirdest experience: One time I went out and, let’s just say, the night got out of hand. I woke up the next morning without keys and without my wallet. In desperation, I went back to the place I was at the night before and found my keys, wallet, and all contents of my wallet in the park across from the bar. I have never been so happy in my life. [Sounds like a great night to me, to be honest.]
Best experience: The Eurekaweek probably and a few chill nights in with the fellas.
Strangest/ weirdest experience: Once I was cleaning the house high out of my mind with my roommate whilst dancing to Grease.
Best experience: IBA Freshman Weekend.
Strangest/ weirdest experience: That would probably be when one of my friends from abroad saw a goose, freaked out, and took pictures of it like it was some sort of miracle.
Best experience: Stroopwaffels. [YES.]
Best experience: The Eurekaweek. [Introduction weeks seem to be a recurring best experience, hmm..]
Strangest/ weirdest experience: I believe that would be seeing 15 police officers on motorbikes escorting a car through the city by blocking off all intersections and roads along the way.
Best experience: The Christmas lights everywhere in the city in December plus the nice restaurants and cafes.
Strangest/ weirdest experience: Two boys came up to my friend and I in the evening/ at night and suddenly got angry when we didnâ€™t want to talk to them.
Best experience: Spending time with people from all over the world and learning from different countries and cultures while staying in my own country is probably the best. I don’t need to travel for international experiences.
Strangest/ weirdest experience: How the international deal with living in the Netherlands (e.g. trying Dutch dishes, cycling, etc.). [For the most part, Iâ€™m still not used to Dutch stairs, thank you very much.]
Best experience: Getting to share an apartment with my friends.
Strangest/ weirdest experience: Beer cantus, that stuffâ€¦ is intenseâ€¦ and super Dutch. [I couldnâ€™t agree more..]
Best experience: Once my friends and I went to Bartender to have a few rounds of shots. Then, we bar-hopped between 4 different bars across the Stadhuis depending on which one had better music every 30 minutes.
Strangest/ weirdest experience: The first bar I went to charged me separately for the alcohol and soda when I asked for a mixed drink. [This is why we pre-drink!]
Best experience: Eating Cinnabons. [Say no more. FYI, you can get some in the Alexandrium Mall. Youâ€™re welcome.]
Strangest/ weirdest experience: This one guy licked my face at a party.
Be sure to be on the lookout for the next edition of this blog series!
Yashita here! I think Iâ€™m going to treat myself to a Cinnabon.. Cheers!
*Testimonials were edited for grammar, understandability, and clarity.