You Are Not A Tourist

Do not let this thought conquer your mind though. An international student is someone who enjoys both what the locals enjoy and also what the tourists enjoy.

International students spend quite enough time to get to know the culture of a country but also usually travel like the tourists do. They usually do not speak the local language like a native but this does not mean that they cannot communicate with the locals. They do speak the local language enough to talk to the locals.

As an international student do not feel like a stranger. You are not. You will be part of the local community soon. You will get to know the country more.

As Xavier says in L'Auberge Espagnole,

"When you first arrive in a new city, nothing makes sense. Everythings unknown, virgin... After you've lived here, walked these streets, you'll know them inside out. You'll know these people. Once you've lived here, crossed this street 10, 20, 1000 times... it'll belong to you because you've lived there. That was about to happen to me, but I didn't know it yet. "

Enjoy your stay! Feel at home. It will soon feel like home.

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