Posts Tagged "Expat"


Posted on Aug 6, 2013 | 8 comments

I bring you this very quick message to announce that OppositeOcean will be very quiet in the coming weeks. I’m taking a little hiatus from the blog to focus on studying. I’m really enjoying reading all the comments and messages that you all have been leaving recently. It’s wonderful to know that my stories are reaching people and being enjoyed. I look forward to bringing you more after surviving yet one more exam period. Keep your fingers crossed for me!


(Please kindly excuse any delays in responding to your comments and emails, I will get to them as soon as I can dedicate proper time to responding. Thank you for understanding.)

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5 major differences between Belgium and the US

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 | 18 comments

5 major differences between Belgium and the US

It’s hard as an American living abroad to not always compare Belgium to my home country or vice versa. I try not to present things too much in this way on the blog because often when comparisons are made people make an assumption that one way is better than the other. The truth is, all the experiences in my life are placed on a backdrop next to what I once learned to be the norm. I find things interesting now because they are different, but I want to be clear in saying that the differences are neither entirely positive or negative – they are just anders. So, without further ado, I give you five major differences between the way of life here in Belgium and my former way of life in the US:

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10 things I’ve learned about studying at a Flemish university.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 | 10 comments

10 things I’ve learned about studying at a Flemish university.

On Tuesday I finished my last exam of the semester and it already feels like I’ve been done for weeks even though it’s only Friday. It’s a wonderful feeling now to choose whatever I want to do with my time instead of racing against the clock to try and remember one last piece of information that could prove crucial but then rarely ever does. This week is one comprised of two very contrasting extremes. Sunday night I was awake late, reading and rereading the syllabus for the exam that was to take place on Monday morning. I rushed home after that exam to study for the Spanish literature exam that was to take place on Tuesday. From Tuesday evening on I’ve been carefree and finally can do what I want without any feelings of guilt.

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Office Assistant

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 | 4 comments

studyingI have been writing fewer posts lately because once again an exam period has arrived. I feel like I’m a broken record constantly repeating, “Sorry, I don’t think I can make it because I have to study.” Anyway, this will be a very short post but I wanted to share a few pictures of what life looks like lately. Mr. Dorian is the constant study companion, checking everything for safety and giving me reprimanding looks when I become distracted.

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Words, Woords, Woorden

Posted on Mar 15, 2013 | 4 comments

In this video David Crystal, a linguist with great authority on the English language, discusses his favorite words in the English language.

Lately I’ve been thinking about my favorite words. I don’t necessarily think I have chosen any favorite words consciously, but I think I subconsciously choose to use certain words and certain constructions of words without realizing it.

This phenomenon is even more interesting to me when I think about it in the context of learning a second or third language.

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