First days in Paderborn

Since February, when I was chosen for the Erasmus, I dreamt of being in Germany. Now I’m finally here, still unable to believe it’s really happening and incredibly curious to find out more about this new reality.

I can definitely say I was enthusiastic, as this was an experience I always wanted, but at the same time a bit worried, as it is normal to be, before some important changes like this.

Good, so now I can tell you how my departure day was. I left at 8:30, so as to be at the airport on time. I flew from Naples to Frankfurt and then arrived in Paderborn. Once arrived, I found David, my buddy, that is a reference point for my next days here. We immediately got along: I appreciated his help (he even took me to buy some food, since on Sunday shops are closed) and also the fact that he introduced to me some of his friends. I also had a confirmation I was waiting for a long time: being on the place where a language is spoken is completely different. I immediately listened to a kind of German different from the one taught at uni, and certainly faster and rich of idiomatic expressions. I could have also used English, as young people speak it here, but I preferred to use German in that context, because I’m here to mainly improve it.

On Sunday, after one night rest, I dedicated myself to cleaning the room and to put in order everything I had in the luggage. As regards the room, I had applied for one at the dormitories. Fortunately, I’m at Peter-Hille-Weg 13, which is near uni. I’m in a single bedroom, but I’ve already met other Erasmus students and we have also had the chance of doing a city tour (of which I’ll post the pics as soon as possible). For lunch I had something typical, so I chose cereals bread, Quark (a typical German cheese) and white sausage (Bratwurst).

Yesterday, instead, I went to the welcome event for Erasmus students, where I also had to take a test, according to which I’ll be assigned to a group for an intensive language course, which will last until the beginning of the courses in October.
I know it’s still early to entirely describe this experience, but for now I can say to be absolutely satisfied. As soon as I got off the plane, I realized my dream was coming true and that I could grow as a student, but above all as a person. There’ll be some difficulties, as it is impossible to have everything belonging to my old comfort zone, but it was worth it.

I hope to keep you posted soon. I’ll write more about what are you supposed to do, in order to get ready for the Erasmus (including the bureaucratic part which, despite being boring, is foundamental) and I’ll add more about my experience.
See you soon,
Raffaele 😁

Autore: raffaelechirico

Raffaele Chirico, 21 anni e studente di lingue e culture straniere. Appassionato di lettura, scrittura, nuoto e serie tv.

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