I am from Romania, one of those Eastern European countries that people either don’t know they exist or they confuse it with another one (the capital is Bucharest, not Budapest). Millions of Romanians left in the past years to work abroad. Doctors, teachers, construction workers. You name it, they’re abroad working. This happened because the average salary in Romania is of about 390 Euros/month, money with which you need to pay rent (or a credit for a house/apartment), utilities and buy food.
In 2012, I left abroad to work. I got a 2-year contract as a postdoc researcher in a Belgian university. I earned a little over 2,000 Euros/month. For Wallonia (the French part of Belgium), the salary was decent. We could rent a nice apartment with almost everything we needed. READ MORE
The French classes that I am taking are great. Beside that my grammar is bad, but improving, they allow me to do something else: to write. I know that blogging is also writing, but the texts that we are supposed to write as homework (adults can also have homework) are better.
These texts allow me to write what I can`t write on this blog. Those things would be too boring. And I am learning how to keep my articles short (1 A5 page).
It`s been a few days since I wrote my last article. But I promise I`ll make it up.
I started my French classes two weeks ago. I was reticent in the beginning, but now I`m happy I started. I have some interesting colleagues and the professor is … well, cool.
Yesterday we took the first test, with promises for many more in the weeks to come. The results I got today confirmed what I knew. The thing that I`m worst at is the grammar. It`s been over 10 years since I last studied and used it so the thing I need to do now is to really start studying.
I`ll update as often as I can, with an article in French at the end of the month (the exams are in early March). Wish me luck :)!
When you first get a job as an expat, many people around you, friends, family, are jealous. They see it as an opportunity for a huge salary (average in my case), great benefits (no benefits for me) and the opportunity to see the world (this is actually correct). Continue reading “The child in me”