Although things have been extremely stressful academically (10 page paper, 25 page paper, etc. etc.) I have managed to have some fun. Last week during our one day of not having class, myself, 8 of my peers, and my professor took a day trip to Knokke - the St. Tropez of Belgium. Thats right, we went to the beach. Our day started a little shaky as our already overcrowded train broke down, forcing all of us to reloacate onto a smaller commuter train. Luckily, there is apparently a rule that if the train is overcrowded you can sit in first class even if you dont have a ticket, so I was one of the lucky ones who found a seat there. Hello train air conditioning Knokke was amazing. It was about 85 degrees and sunny, and the view was breathtaking. From the beach you could see England across the channel, and only 2km up the boardwalk was the Belgium-Netherlands border. Our day consisted of mainly playing in the water and improving our tans, and I was able to bond with my professor which I enjoyed (hello 4.0.. kidding..) We ended our day with some AMAZING gelato too, I got amaretto flavored and it was super delicious! I am not sure if it was the weather, the atmosphere, or both, but definitely one of the highlights of my trip overall.
Friday night about 10 of us ended up going to the Belgian version of a sports bar - aka taps on the table, tvs all over the place, etc. - to watch the opening ceremony of the olympics. It was the most incredible moment when the Belgian Olympic Team walked out and the entire bar - including us - erupted in a wild frenzy of shouting. Everyone was dancing and screaming and it was so cool to watch. Afterwards, myself and 3 of the guys ended up going dancing and having a blast. It was a really good night.
I feel like I haven't had a lot of time to do much because of my papers, which is sad. But with the nice weather I have spent most of my free time sitting in the park reading or walking around with my photographer friend jon as he takes pictures. This weekend, our entire group (minus two people) are traveling to Amsterdam together and splitting two apartments next to each other. It should be a crazy time.