A little over 12 days ago, I went to Belgium as part of the EUMIND program. I was hosted by two families, each for 5 days and at first, I didn’t think it would be such a big deal.
Oh boy. I’ve never been so wrong.
In the next ten days, followed an experience that can never be replicated. I formed friendships I didn’t think I could in 10 days and when we left, I felt heartache that I never thought I would feel.
Afterall, it was only ten days.
I felt so at home, in the homes of these people who were so new to me, even staying in a culture so different to me, I felt so comfortable.
I found the people hospitable beyond belief, caring and kind. They took care of me like I was a part of their family, and never was my being there unnoticed.
Sometimes the speaking was a problem, for we didn’t speak the same languages but communication was never a problem. Sounds weird, I know. What we couldn’t say with words, we said with gestures. If a certain conversation took place in Dutch, someone translated for me. Always.
But there was never a moment of awkwardness.
I learnt so much on the trip. I learnt about their culture, their country, the way they life and the way they talk.
I learnt about school, about how they travel and what they like to do in their free time. But above all, I learnt that no matter where we live, we’re not all that different