01.09.2009 - 23.12.2009 16 °C
Wow... I think my blogging habits are lacking persistency these last weeks. Just a post to catch you up:
First of all, my article on Bilbao which I wrote for E!TB has been published on the website and they really liked it, so I'm proud to direct you to the website :
The alternative way to visit Bilbao
At the end of the last post I was coming back from a weekend in Bilbao. The days following my return, we did not do much except for the regular daily duties, but there have been some things going on at the university.
Some students got arrested on account of terrorism, but apparently there are a lot of disagreements to whether this is true. It’s for sure that the people at the university disagree with the authorities, because some students went on a hunger strike and there have been one-hour class suspensions every day. It’s hard to understand just what exactly is going on, because we don’t have enough baggage to interpret this the right way. Even when we asked one of our teachers for more insight, she couldn’t give a clearly defined explanation. I really wonder how this is going to turn out, because it’s the first extreme event that we’ve witnessed in regards to the Basque-Spanish conflict.
Last week, we also visited Eskoriatza's town museum, with a lot of interesting cultural and historical information and objects. The most interesting, in my opinion, was the music room, which was filled with ancient traditional instruments. Afterwards we went on a short, guided tour through the city.
Museum tour in Eskoriatza
Museum tour in Eskoriatza
Courses in Euskara
Apart from that, I’ve had my first session of the short film course on Thursday evening. I still somehow hoped that the course would be taught in Spanish, but alas, Euskara it was! Luckily, I already knew a large part of what was being covered today (basic camera stuff) and there were two women who could speak a bit of French and English. For tomorrow, we have to come up with some ideas for a short film story, but I’m not sure if I will continue the course. If it had been in Spanish it would’ve been a good opportunity to learn more about both a language and an art form, but no matter how much I’d love to learn Basque, I’m sure that I won’t be able to understand anything of it. We’ll see, I’ll keep you updated.
On Friday, after our weekly internship at E!TB, we waited at the Bilbao bus stop for Sander and Davy, the former being a very close friend of Niké. They had spent a few days in Madrid and were now spending a few days in the Basque Country to visit Niké. That night, the three of them stayed in Bilbao to party, so we only saw them again the next evening, when they joined us to an Erasmus party in Eskoriatza on and thus they stayed at our place for one night. Our apartment got very crowded all of the sudden, but it was a lot of fun to have them around!
You’re probably sick of party reports but well, I didn’t do that much else this weekend. I can tell you that yet again it was very good, very late and it led to another Sunday spent in bed due to a hangover.
Erasmus gang at Nathalie and Dexter's apartment in Eskoriatza
Evelien and me outside, doing just fine
Next up: my first Belgian visitors have arrived! No friends or parents yet, no, it are my 80-year-old grandparents that have jumped in their car and have driven all the way from Belgium to here!
A plea of insanity is maybe appropiate - I'm quite sure actually - but I don't care, I'm so lucky to have grandparents like that! They even brought me a whole box of Belgian chocolate, what more can one ask for . For a few days this week I will probably be the most spoiled Erasmus student ever!
To comfort my conscience a bit, we even cleaned the apartment just so it at least seems that we are living somewhat responsibly.
Assignments, they're everywhere!
Other news: we've gotten some new information on our final assignments for our courses, and let me tell you: it's a lot.
On top of that, we will get the assignment for our project International Journalism from our school in Hasselt this week, and that will be a lot too. I hope we can get it done. The students in Hasselt get a complete week to spend in Paris and work on that project, but we don't have that much free time here, at least not enough to spend a week in Bilbao (where we have to do the project). Combined with all the work here (including a 25-page long paper), I'm a bit worried. And the 'all work and no play'-lifestyle doesn't really work when you're on Erasmus.