16.01.2016 - 17.01.2016 -5 °C
I have arrived in Belgium!
It was a long journey which started in Adelaide, my flight left at 9:30 am and I flew with 1 other student to Sydney airport. From there we had to find our way to the bus which took us to the international terminal. When we got there, there were instructions but our flight was not on the screen yet so we decided to go and sit in a café close by. It was there that we met a group of Rotarians and another exchange student on our flight and they asked us to sit with them. We had some lunch (nachos) and talked with the Rotarians until more exchange students arrived on a flight from Brisbane. We then met our flight leader, Wendy, and she told us that we could go through customs and meet the rest of the 25 students on this flight.
After customs there were some duty free shops but I could not buy anything because I had no space left in my bag so we played some cards and used the free WiFi for the remaining hours. When I got on to the plane for my 13 hour flight I sat in an aisle seat next to a boy going to Austria and a girl going to the Netherlands. The entertainment system on the plane was terrible and had to be reset twice so I mostly ended up listening to my Troye Sivan playlist and 1 nostalgic Missy Higgins (10 days) song on repeat. I then attempted to sleep which partly worked when I tried to curl up on the seat but I would be woken up whenever someone walked past to the bathroom which was right behind me. We had a short midnight stop in Dubai before reboarding for another 8 hours to London. I switched seats on this second flight so I had a working entertainment system and was able to catch a few episodes of Modern Family before falling asleep.
When we arrived everybody was very excited as it had snowed in London the previous night and we saw much of it on the bus. We arrived in Terminal 3 and had to depart from Terminal 5 so Wendy made the trip with us but could not go through security with us. So we 12 students were left alone to find our way which was not too hard but security took forever leaving us with little time to wait once we got to our gate. The 8 of us going to Belgium all made our way downstairs to our flight. The last flight was very short and I sat next to a Belgian man who lives in Brussels so we chatted.
When we arrived we waited a couple of minutes for our bags and then headed through a brief security check before heading out to the waiting area. I was greeted by all 3 of my host families and the president of my host club.
After a quick drink at the airport, I left with my first host family and we drove to see the Atomium, a sculpture of 9 balls which are rooms connected by tubes containing lifts. We took some photos but it was very cold so we did not stay too long, We then continued to Zutendaal where I will be staying with Karen, Kristof, Anoek and Margo for the first 4 months of my exchange.
When we got home, we had chicken soup for lunch and I fell asleep before dinner. I am very tired!