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EF friends made in my first week at EF Eastbourne

It is great that when you come to a place on your own, you can be surprised by how quickly you make friends. Especially, when everyone comes alone. This blog is about my first week. My first EF friends.

It is Friday afternoon now and my first school week is over. I will give a short summary of everything I have done so far. On Monday I had the introduction day. We went to Seven Sisters and Beachy Head, all was the weather crap, it was very very nice. I have already met so many new people from all over the world. You cannot imagine, really. Germans, Italians, French, Spanish, Asians, Latino’s, they are all here.

Oh wait, I think I forgot to tell you why I have chosen to go to Eastbourne. So, first of all, I am a beach girl, which ends up living in a city on the coast. Kind of obvious, right? The second thing which I found important was that I wanted to go to a small school. People told me that the school in Eastbourne doesn’t have lots of students and makes you feel like you are all a family, precisely what I was looking for. I didn’t need more to convince me. Eastbourne it was.

Now back to my week. My schedule for this week was pretty good actually. I had class every day, but not the whole day. It was either or the morning or the afternoon. The lessons are Grammar, Speaking, Listening, Vocabulary, and ILAB (computer lesson). Because I am doing the Intensive Course, you can also sign yourself up for electives. I have chosen Banking&Finance, Leadership&Management, and Business English. In almost every class I am with different people, in the beginning, I was sometimes confused but now I am used to it, I like it. In this way, I am getting to know more and more people.

Until today, I have cooked every day for myself. Paula is most of the time going out for dinner with a German friend of her, called Amanda. During the evenings, I haven’t done much yet, it was raining every time…welcome to England!  Tomorrow I am going to search whether I can rent a bike somewhere because the tennis park is a bit too far to walk. Oh and looking at the weather doesn’t make any sense here, because the weather changes every 10 minutes.

Until now, I have spent most of the time with 3 girls. Julie and Anouchka from France and Carmen from Germany. My first EF friends. We are not in the same classes because my level of English is a bit higher than theirs, but when we have our breaks or are finished with school we are meeting each other.

Rainy days in Eastbourne
From the left to the right; Julie, Carmen, Isabelle, Anouchka
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EF Eastbourne – My first impression of the residence

Today was finally “the” day. The moment when I could enter my room where I will stay for the upcoming 9 months. The residence of EF Eastbourne on St. Leonard Road. It looked clean, modern, and quite beautiful actually. When I came in Paula, no not my mom, but my Spanish roommate, was already there. She has already stayed with EF for a month and will leave next week. I am curious who from then on will be my roommate.

From Friday I am already in Eastbourne, together with my parents, brother and sister. We wandered around the city together, searched for a tennis park and different gyms, went to Beachy Head, and of course, we ate fish & chips. They left at one o’clock in the afternoon. So, from now on, it is my turn.

After I unpacked all my stuff, which almost took me 2 hours, I went into the centre to do some grocery shopping. Sainsbury’s is in the shopping centre, which is a walk of 5 minutes. There are even a Starbucks, Marc&Spencer, and a Primark in the shopping centre. I am kind of surprised because I didn’t know that Eastbourne was such a liveable city.

Tonight around 8 o’clock all the new students from the residence from EF Eastbourne will get a tour around the city and after that, we will go for a drink. Tomorrow morning I have to be in school at 8, all the 120 new students will have an introduction day. Tuesday, the real lessons will start. Oh, and by the way, school is like 3 minutes away from the residence.

I already love it here!