5. The Days Go By – Day and Night Life Explained
Probably the biggest concern and question for most folk. What to Do and Where to Go? I would answer its all up to YOU. I am personally not an extra outgoing person but if I am bored I will definitely do something about it. Maybe it’s my restless personality and some could complain :). But you can do most of the same things that you do in the USA that you do in America. Just on a much smaller scale. Remember, the states is a BIG COUNTRY. My suggestion for someone with an open mind is to suck in as much culture as you can. Life definitely can take you to places you never imagined you would ever live or go.
That being said, depending on what city you live in and visit, there will always be places to shop, movie theaters, movie rental stores, museums, libraries and nightclubs/bars. It is what you do with the things that surround you. Also the people that you interact with inside a basketball team and outside of the team.
I remember the Big East Summer Trip when we went to Europe and went out to experience the Czech Republic nightlife. It was great and my first real taste of European nightlife as a young adult without supervisors as in high school. The people were very fun and a lot more open minded than most American bars and clubs. I think that is a plus in Europe. You can really be you and have fun in most bars without a lot of reaction. Whatever that may be.
It is not all about the nightlife either. During the day is the key point where you might have the most free time. When I first went to play overseas my most favorite European housemate & I wanted to learn and get around by learning the language. We started by trying to learn a word a day. It died off but we tried to learn as much as possible and went to the library often to send emails or read books in English. Most libraries in Europe always has a small section that are in English. You will be grateful to see it too 🙂 However with the internet you have more access to more things than back in the day. Not that far away but for most who have played without that luxury.
I am all about the library because there are endless free resources that you can get pretty easy. From music, books, internet & magazines from the USA. But staying active will make time go by really fast. Also, find one teammate that you are comfortable with and visit their home. Ask them to show you around and explain their country and people. I guarantee that you will be happy that you know about the culture because understanding is the first step to being comfortable where you live.
In summary, get out and do something. Don’t sit and rot 🙁 Complaining about everything actually makes things worse, but adapting will make time go by faster than you can imagine. This is the last piece of this story and I hope you enjoyed.
The summary is below:
The Low Down On All of This
NO matter where YOU go. WHO YOU meet. OR when YOU go. Always have an open mind and be understanding to other peoples differences and culture. If you do, you will learn a lot about yourself and that country. Time will go by faster and being homesick won’t be an issue too often other than during the Holidays 🙂
Learn a language and surprise yourself. I have and you can do it. Even if you think you have trouble in your language classes now, living in that culture will change how you learn things forever. That is the truth 🙂
Thanks again for listening! 🙂