Arrived Safe and Sound in Belgium!!

Hello, everyone!!

The day of my flight to Belgium was on May 28th. I had to take two flights (one that went from Venezuela to Atlanta, and the other one that went from Atlanta to Belgium). When I arrived at the airport in Venezuela on Tuesday morning, the immigrant official told me I was not going to be able to travel since I had F1 visa and this type of visa is not allowed to do transit in USA. I almost died when I heard it. After an hour arguing with the official, he said he would let me go but he does not know if I would have any problems in Atlanta. Therefore, my flight from Venezuela to Atlanta was terrible. I was so worried I could not even eat a bite. When I was standing in line to talk to the immigrant official in Atlanta I was shaking. However, the only word he said was: “Welcome!”. I felt relieved. Sometimes we worry to much about things that are not worth it. After that, I just had to wait for my flight to Belgium, which has been the longest flight I have had in all my life. However, it is important to say that we had a lot of things to do and watch while flying. I watched two movies, played candy crush and slept most of the time. Approximately at 2am (USA time), they were serving breakfast in the airplane and we were able to see the sunrise. I must say it was beautiful. I was really lucky because I got the opportunity to travel with my roommate, so I was not alone. Besides that, I was really lucky because my luggage was not lost or damaged.

We needed to arrange our own transportation from the airport to the hotel. We were decided to take a bus or train since it was the cheapest option. However, when we were at the airport we were so lost that our only option was to take a taxi. We paid 45euros. And after we learned how easy it was to use the Metro, we were regretting that we paid that when we could only have paid around 5euros. But anyways, we can’t cry over spilled milk.

Our program started officially on June 1st. Therefore, we had a couple of free days to explore Brussels before classes start. The three things you must eat before leaving Brussels are: Fries, Waffles and moules. I, of course, tried that plus some delicious Italian food.

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Besides food, Brussels has a lot of beautiful places that must be seen. Some of them are the Atomium, the Palace Royale, the Manneken Pis, Grand Place, many beautiful cathedrals, and Palace of Justice. Here are some pictures that I took of some of these places:

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I tried to upload more pictures but for some reason the system does not let me do it.

Anyways, today was the first day of classes and it went well. I met all the people that are going to be with me during this european experience. This week ahead is going to be really busy so I will try my best to post something.

Oh, I forgot to tell you that I still have jet lag. I can’t sleep at night and I feel sleepy all day long :/.. Hope it gets better!


Have a great week guys!!!!

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