Written by Mega Ai
A big decision meant a big struggle for me, and made a decision to study abroad and fly 16.000 km away from home was a big decision. Many people said that you have to be ready to go away from your comfort zone and you have to struggle to survive.
Anyway, studying abroad doesn’t only mean that you are moving a place to study. But it is a lot more than that. You have to be independent and do many things that you probably never do it in your home country.
I don’t bike and I don’t cook before. But since I was here, want it or not, I have to do it. As a student coming from a developing country, this second largest city in The Netherlands, Rotterdam, is not even a cheap place to live. You have to be wise managing all your expenses.
Talking about bike, I heard that The Netherlands has bigger bike population than the citizen itself. In the very first time I came here, I believe that is true. And everybody agree that bike and its lock is the thing you need the most to survive in Rotterdam. There are many shops and online shops which are selling various kinds of bike, either the new one or the second hand with affordable prices.
There are many advantages you can get by having a bike in here. First, you don’t have to spend any cost for the transportation. Second, biking is a good sport to do. You have such kind of a healthy life with biking. Third, you really feel the art of living in The Netherlands. The good thing of biking in here is that the cyclists have its own way on the street. It shows how government concerns toward biking.
After a month living with the bike, I start thinking to bike once I come back home. The biking culture in Rotterdam is too nice not be continued in my home country.
And talking about cooking, Binnenrotte open market would be a nice topic for the next. ^__^