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Saxion student tells about her first day in Holland

Student stories 3 January 2013, 14:27

Anna Titova, a student from Saxion University of Applied Sciences, tells a story about her first day in Holland, how she got to her new home and started a new life.

Anna Titova, a student from Saxion University of Applied Sciences, tells a story about her first day in Holland, how she got to her new home and started a new life.

Airport Shiphol, AmsterdamTo leave Moscow, my native city, was a tough choice for me. I had many doubts about studying abroad, but when I sat down in the plane and realised that there was no way back, I was excited to start a new page of my life.

When I thought about this possibility, all the doubts and worries I had about leaving home completely disappeared and I was left smiling. The entire flight was spent imagining the city which will become my new home, and all of the cities and countries I can travel to. France, Germany, Belgium, Spain... the possibilities were endless.

After a few hours of thought, my plane landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, a quite large and modern airport.

My school and new home is located in Enschede, which is a two hour train ride from Amsterdam. After buying a ticket for the train (around €23 for 2nd class) I went down to the platforms under the airport. I found the right platform and got on my train. Sometimes it is necessary to transfer trains in different locations, but I was lucky to have a direct train to Enschede.

Two hours later, I arrived in Enschede and met with a representative from the Moscow Institute who took me to my new house. I now live with some classmates from the Moscow Institute in a small 2-storey house which is 10-15 minutes away from our university by bike.

The house has everything we need, and we each have our own rooms. There is one bedroom on the ground floor, while the other three are upstairs. I live in the bedroom on the ground floor, which is also the dining room.

I’ve bought some things from IKEA to separate the space of this large room so I could also have some privacy. Despite the inconvenience of sharing a bedroom and dining room, there are many advantages to my room which I really like. It’s a very big room with large windows, and it has access to our garden.

I’ve already made this room and house cozy and my own, and I’ve settled into my new life quite well.

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