My Erasmus time is almost over. It’s time to pack my bags and leave all the good things and wonderful people behind. The only thing that’s left is sugar sweet memories… These past 5 months were without any doubt the best months of my life. And because I want to cherish every moment in my heart, I decided to make a top 100 list of things I will miss of my Erasmus experience. To make sure I will never forget the small but exciting details of my life here. I want to thank everybody that’s part of this, you’re definetely in my heart forever, and I hope that some of you can recognise some things and feelings here. Enjoy it, and pink a tear away with me… Love you Love you Love you!!! And… I WILL MISS YOU!!! 😉
1. I’ll miss going to sleep more often after 6AM than waking up at 6AM.
2. I’ll miss having classes most of the time only from 3PM to 5PM.
3. I’ll miss ‘Pan con Tomate y Aioli’.
4. I’ll miss studying near the swimming pool.
5. I’ll miss enjoying the Spanish celebrations throughout all the year.
6. I’ll miss being too lazy / having too much fun for cleaning the house.
7. I’ll miss living only 20 footsteps away from the beach.
8. I’ll miss coming home from the party in my sweaty party clothes at 7AM.
9. I’ll miss using “I’m Erasmus” as an excuse for almost everything. (Watch this and understand)
10. I’ll miss playing drinking games that I’ve never played before.
11. I’ll miss going out to the pub zone, Tikibar, Cocoloco and Eclipse… Only after 4AM. Spanish nightlife rules!
12. I’ll miss the feeling of going to a Spanish hairdresser with a scared feeling she will not understand what has to happen.
13. I’ll miss Churros con Chocolate whenever I feel like eating and drinking it.
14. I’ll miss chilling out in the pool.
15. I’ll miss my own surprised face, every time I realize that I think way too far / deep about pages, tasks, projects, … Remember: Spanish level of education: EASIER!
16. I’ll miss checking Facebook group to check where the next botellon / flat party is.
17. I’ll miss sitting on a table, talking with people from all different nationalities.
18. I’ll miss going to the ATM to withdraw cash and thinking: “Oh no, crap, again?”
19. I’ll miss singing “La vida Erasmus, la vida major! Sin estudiar, sin trabajar! Con mi botella de ron.”
20. I’ll miss being always late at least 10 minutes, just because it’s allowed.
21. I’ll miss the days we went photographing, just for fun.
22. I’ll miss living together with other students.
23. I’ll miss living close to the other Erasmus students (small community atmosphere).
24. I’ll miss having to walk max. 10 minutes to everything instead of being waiting for hours for trains.
25. I’ll miss having my family and friends coming over for a visit.
26. I’ll miss using “Tranquila” and “No pasa nada” at least 20 times a day.
27. I’ll miss having a swimming pool.
28. I’ll going out for dinner at least twice a week, just because it is twice times cheaper than in Belgium.
29. I’ll miss speaking so much languages at the same time that I start mixing them.
30. I’ll miss having Mc Donalds and Burger King at 2 footsteps away, because they have Mc Flurry.
31. I’ll miss catching cockroaches in the flat.
32. I’ll miss DON SIMON juices and ‘tinto de verano’.
33. I’ll miss small cucumbers and huge peppers! So useful!
34. I’ll miss seeing the sea when I wake up and look from my balcony.
35. I’ll miss ESN Trips!
36. I’ll miss going to the beach every day, whenever the sun is out!
37. I’ll miss explaining that I’m from Belgium and that I speak Dutch, not French, or even worse: ‘Belgian’, even though I’m not from Holland.
38. I’ll miss being surrounded by strong characters, all international minded.
39. I’ll miss meeting so much new people.
40. I’ll miss noticing somebody is in the house or not, just by the way the door is locked: 1x Andrea, 2x Me, 0x Katy.
41. I’ll miss watching the sunrise after coming from a party around 7 in the morning.
42. I’ll miss sitting on the balcony at night, listening to the violinist that always plays around my corner.
43. I’ll miss Spanish coffee at university.
44. I’ll miss the lovely sound of the waves.
45. I’ll miss Spanish economy and cheap prices.
46. I’ll miss preparties at Wiebke’s flat.
47. I’ll miss being the only one to clean the flat. (SARCASM)
48. I’ll miss the thin walls. (ALSO SARCASM) 😉
49. I’ll miss talking to the woman from the tobacco shop.
50. I’ll miss having to much pictures that I don’t know which ones to publish on Facebook first.
51. I’ll miss the salads, burgers and carajillo at Barracuda.
53. I’ll miss feeding the poor street cats on my way to school.
55. I’ll miss siesta time (even more than fiesta time).
56. I’ll miss passing by a group of men staring at me and saying ‘guapa’ (beautiful girl).
57. I’ll miss having dinner at 10PM (or later).
59. I’ll miss making camp fires on the beach in hot summer nights and playing guitar and Ukelele.
60. I’ll miss the sound of cars passing the street while playing reggeaton with windows open.
61. I’ll miss being frustrated to see how dirty my / our flat looks…
63. I’ll miss Wednesday night beach botellons and parties at Varadero.
64. I’ll miss never being hurried.
65. I’ll miss Spanish school trips: obligatory, fun and cheap (for free).
66. I’ll miss going to Mare Nostrum real estate agency to pay rent and being surprised every time again of how simple things works here.
67. I’ll miss joking about Spanish teachers their way of talking.
68. I’ll miss living without ironing, vacuum cleaner, …
69. I’ll miss the dinners in my flat.
70. I’ll miss watching Callejeros Viajeros with my Spanish roommate, Andrea.
71. I’ll miss not having to work but still receiving money: long live the Erasmus Sholarship!
72. I’ll miss sitting and talking on the balcony at night.
73. I’ll miss Valencian oranges and everything made of it, and that smells like it (fresh blossoms in summer).
74. I’ll miss the 55-minute train trip between Valencia and Gandia, watching the beautiful landscapes and feel blessed to live there.
75. I’ll miss going for a walk at night and seeing the sunset behind the mountains.
76. I’ll miss walking to the end of the peer at the port and sitting down at the ‘forbidden part’ where I feel one with the ocean, surrounded by the sea.
77. I’ll miss buying postcards of every destination I even visited without ever sending them to anyone.
78. I’ll miss living without cellphone, post box, …
79. I’ll miss the terrible smell of ‘jamón’ in the supermarket. Something I’ll never get used to but now is part of my supermarket image.
80. I’ll miss ‘Turron’ icecream flavor.
81. I’ll miss the Spanish Ultratop 50 music list, being played everywhere, all the time.
83. I’ll miss ‘platos combinados’ and paella at university cafetaria.
85. I’ll miss free entrance to Eclipse before 2.30 AM.
86. I’ll miss the fact that we never dry our dishes with towels, but let them dry by itself in a “rack”.
87. I’ll miss Spanish ‘servilletas’: always available everywhere, for free, and always too thin and rough.
89. I’ll miss the taste of Spanish Fanta, which is also very different coloured.
90. I’ll miss the lower education level, once I have to adapt again to the Belgian one.
91. I’ll miss the temperatures, always being +10° warmer than at home.
92. I’ll miss the school excursions with Pau, Joan and Maryland.
93. I’ll miss home being so close to everything that I can always come back quickly: for example to change shoes when going home from the one party to the other at night.
94. I’ll miss Skyping with my mommy and my cats.
95. I’ll miss traveling through Spain with Ula, my friend from Poland.
96. I’ll miss having to bring the garbage to the container on the street myself, ànd that the garbage truck comes by the house at 3 at night. (NOT!)
97. I’ll miss the sound of the Montaditos cashier who calls our name when tapas are ready. “Holanda, por favor!”
98. I’ll miss my face / expression when somebody (especially teacher) says something and I don’t understand it at all. “Si, si, …” So worth a million euro.
99. I’ll miss going out and meeting all the bachelors party people: dressed up in funny clothes.
100. I’ll miss the finish air of the sea and the breeze and never needing to use my inhalator (astma-patient).
I’ll miss the way Spain and Erasmus have changed my whole life and how it turned my world upside down. I’ll never forget how grateful I am to live this amazing life here. I’ll miss every part and person of it and take it in my heart!! I am amazingly thankful and if I could turn back the hands of time, I would do it all over again. If there is one thing in my life I didn’t regret, it is for sure going on Erasmus. The best decision ever!!! ❤