The curious case of the disappearing September.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 | 17 comments

A favorite from the September photos.

A favorite from the September photos.

September of 2013 is in the running to be the swiftest September of my 27 years. It has passed me by at an unbelievably fast speed. I barely noticed it had arrived since my head was buried in text books…

The middle went by just as quickly due to the long-awaited arrival of two American guests. In an effort to pack as much punch into their short visit, we saw and did as many things as possible. A side effect of this kind of behavior is that time tends to fly on by without anyone realizing. We drove from Amsterdam to Épernay and everywhere in between, trudging on despite the characteristic Belgian rain and meeting many cute Belgian animals along the way.

After the departure of the American guests, I had a few days to arrange my schedule for the upcoming academic year, put the house back in order, and read a few chapters from the poor neglected books looking longingly down at me from the bookshelf. To round off the small dose of freedom, the classes started again at the university on Monday.

As for my thoughts on the university. The semester is still in the stage where it feels like all is achievable. I have that small bird of success resting peacefully in my cupped hands. She’s singing a calm song now and everything seems to be going okay. I hope I can manage to convince her to stay. Now is the time to begin, the time to start learning.

I can’t promise to you, my readers, that much of what I have to say in the coming months will be really informative. I hope to keep blogging, to keep sharing my thoughts and feelings with all of you. At this point though, it’s important for me to chase some dreams and if I don’t devote the proper time to figuring out the steps I need to take to achieve these goals, then they just simply will never materialize. I enjoy writing and I enjoy bringing you all useful content but I can foresee that in the coming months the blog will serve as a platform to share my feelings rather than touristic information or places to visit – I simply don’t have much time for such things at the moment. I will continue to write things in the upcoming months, but it’s important to say that my life is very much dominated by studying so this might be the only inspiration I have for writing.

Here’s to the start of what will hopefully be a successful academic year!

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  • http://www.sarainlepetitvillage.com/ Sara Louise

    I’m so with you on this one! when September arrived, I was in complete shock that summer was over and now we’re knocking on October and I can’t believe it. It’s like September didn’t even happen!
    Best of luck this school year :)

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      Thanks, Sara! I am so glad that things have finally slowed down a bit and now I finally have some time to start reading blogs again. I hope all’s going well for you and I’ll be by to catch up on your posts soon. 😉

  • Ariane

    Hey Leah…….I won’t mind that your blog won’t be loaded with info about places to see and visit, etc. I do enjoy you blogging about this journey you are traveling to reach your academic goals. That’s truly inspirational especially to another American living in Belgium such as myself. As we know it is no easy feat to adjust and adapt to a new land let alone pursuing a degree in that land.

    So…..devote whatever time you need to make your dreams happen and worry about the other stuff to blog about later.

    Keep going girl……..it’s going to happen. Ik zal voor je duimen!

    Groetjes

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      Ariane, you always leave such kind and inspiring comments. :) Thanks for the kind words, they help immensely during the harder days. It’s so nice to have your support. I hope you’re enjoying the beautiful fall days lately.

  • Melissa Callaert

    Your life looks great, I would change life. I would love to go abroad to the USA! :) :)

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      Thanks, Melissa. :) I hope you get to experience the US someday if that is a dream of yours.

      • Melissa Callaert

        If you ever need Dutch lessons, let me know :) I c

        • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

          :) Thanks, Melissa. I took a lot of Dutch courses to meet the requirements for the university but as we all know, learning a language is never really finished. I forget things and learn new things every day!

  • http://www.therandomwritings.com/ Rachel G

    My September went by fast too! I was just looking at the month of pictures yesterday, shocked at everything we managed to do within the month! And I always loved that first week or two of a brand new semester when everything is so bright and hopeful!

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      September is always such a fast month I think. It’s kind of geeky I guess but I always love the start of school. Buying new school supplies and getting back into a routine, starting to learn again (and it doesn’t feel overwhelming yet). So far so good… we’ll see what October brings. :)

  • http://bijgebrekaanbeter.blogspot.com/ Bij Gebrek Aan Beter

    Take your time! I really enjoy reading your blog, but of course your offline life is much more important :) Ps, you should check out my latest blogpost, because there’ll be a pleasant surprise for you.. Dus: ga kijken!!

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      Yay! Yay! Yay! :)

  • Ariane

    Hey Leah, I have a great Dutch word for you……doorzettingsvermogen. I am sure you are already familiar with that word though. :)

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      It’s definitely one to keep in mind as the semester goes on. :) Never giving up is the key, or so I’ve been told. 😉

  • Melissa Callaert

    Btw: I’m having a give-away :) Give-away time @The Mind of an exchange

  • http://www.snowflakesincalifornia.blogspot.com/ Nathalie

    Just discovered your blog! So I do hope you’ll find some time inbetween studying to keep on blogging because everything I read so far was really interesting and fun :) I just moved to the US and it’s so nice to read about someone who did it the other way around. It makes me understand the expat life and the US better too… So thank you for that! Btw, love the picture of my home town in the post! :)

    • http://www.oppositeocean.com/ Leah@OppositeOcean

      Hi, Nathalie! :) So glad you’re enjoying my blog so far. I don’t have any plans to stop blogging but university is very time-consuming so the subject matter could possibly reflect that fact. 😉 I also enjoy reading blogs from Belgian expats making a home in the US and elsewhere. I enjoy reading the columns on ‘en nu even elders’ on De Standaard’s website. I’m glad that you commented and found me on Bloglovin’ so that I could also read your blog. Looking forward to more posts! (About the picture, my boyfriend grew up near Sint-Niklaas and this September was the first time that I went to the vredefeesten. It was a fun festival!)