So, yesterday I officially began my journey alone. The grandparents dropped me off at my dorm one final time and then it was just me.
After 3 hours and with much difficulty I was eventually able to set up my internet connection after downloading two software programs and applying them with one another. Setting up technological devices is a mystery to me, even when instructions are provided. But now, finally, I’m all set up to stay in touch!
In between the frustrations of setting of internet connection I ventured out to find myself dinner. In the last few days I have become fairly familiar with the center of Ghent, but the area that my dorm is in remains a complete mystery. I left my building and walked around the block checking out the surroundings. I discovered a bar where locals were hanging out, a natural foods store, and a pizza hut. The bar seemed too intimidating since those there were with friends and I was by myself. I felt that going to pizza hut would not be very adventurous of me, so I skipped that one as well. That left me with the natural foods store. I went in and found a nice looking quiche. The sign appeared to say broccoli and some other word I was not familiar with (it was all in Flemish). I thought it would be a different meal and decided to try it out. Along with the quiche I thankfully decided to purchase some cranberry soy yogurt. With my food purchases I made the short walk back to my dorm.
I skyped my parents and struggled to eat my “broccoli” quiche. It was taking me so long to eat that I had to walk down the hall to the kitchen twice to heat it up. It tasted to me like that broccoli had gone bad and acquired a fishy taste to it. No. I soon found that I was actually tasting fish in the quiche that I had purchased. The rest of it must have been ground up, but halfway through eating, I discovered a huge fleshly piece of fish. I do not like fish, at all. I quickly swallowed my current bite and ran to throw the rest of the quiche into the trash. After that experience I settled with eating half of my huge container of soy yogurt.
Today’s meal experience was more enjoyable. I figured out that the student restaurant is located right underneath my building. After walking in there was a display set up of today’s meal options. The style of the cafe was similar to that of Van Zile at K-State. There was a main meal area, a soup counter, and a pasta counter. I decided to go to the main course counter because I’d seen chicken at the display. After I received my food I went into the line to pay. I couldn’t scan my student card, so the guy behind me in line took my card and showed me how to scan it the correct way (we’ll see if I remember tonight). Once I had paid I made my way into the large eating area. I found at an empty table and sat down to eat my meal. In the cafeteria I could hear many different languages being spoken, although I could not tell you what they were, they all blended together into a mess of foreign words. I watched others as I came close to finishing my meal to see where they put there trays after eating. I found it easily and then left the cafe and went back to my room.
Now here I sit, writing a blog post. Window open and sun shining in. Pondering if I want to go to the center of Ghent to visit the shops, or work on fixing up my room. I probably should do the later.
Tomorrow I start welcome days, very exciting!!
A bientôt mes amis! 🙂