“To embark on the journey towards your goals and dreams requires bravery. To remain on that path requires courage. The bridge that merges the two is commitment.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli
“Erin Jordan in de Netherlands…” I told my mum that the day we made it to Delft. I even told her me saying it sounded weird. However, I’ve made it and I kinda like it. I won’t lie to you, I’ve never been away for such a long time from my family and I must admit that I’ve shed some tears (and a few bawls). Yes, I will miss them and yes, sometimes I will wish I was home to celebrate certain events but this is all for the betterment of my future.
Before I got to Delft, I stayed a while in England to do some shopping to get cold clothing. I wanted someone to go with me to help me settle in so I invited my mum and brother to come along. Ethan LOVES international cultures so when I found out I was going to two big European countries I HAD to invite him. We toured London on the 14th of October and it was amazing! My uncle Mark took us and we did some major tar slamming (walking). We dined in a pub, we saw the London Eye, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus, rode on a double-decker bus, the Tower Bridge and the Shard. All of which Ethan knew before we got there (lol). The next day we left for Amsterdam.
Journey to Delft
We landed at Amsterdam and travelled to Delft by train ( 40 minute train ride). After leaving the train station we got a taxi and it took us to the hotel my brother and mother would have been staying at. Sunday was the day I arrived at UNESCO-IHE for my introductory meeting as well as the key for my accommodation, identification information and appointment schedule. I didn’t know to walk with my luggage the initial time, I was thinking I had to get there on my own…obviously my brain wasn’t ticking. We ended up going back to the hotel to get the luggage. On our way back, Ethan insisted we see the new Church in the City Centre of Delft (a REAL BEAUTY). After seeing it and taking a few pictures and a video, we restarted the back pedal. Guess who got lost? You got that right! Eventually we made it back and we lugged through Historic Delft with heavy suitcases – Delft has brick roads so just imagine how much noise the ONLY 3 black people in the city were keeping.
When we got back, I attended the introductory meeting where I received all of my important documents and I received a UNESCO-IHE jacket. The shuttle was taking the students to their new accommodation and I asked if my brother and mum could accompany me. They said yes and when we got to the van it was too full and only one of us could fit. I told my mum I would go and they could come back later during the day. I gave her a kiss and I hugged Ethan. My mum started to cry. For anybody with a fortified bond to their mother, when she starts to cry, you start crying too. Imagine me, a 23 year old woman, in a van with adults crying. You would know who was silent and looking out through the window; Erin. The next day I would say goodbye to them and shed all the tears I need to. After those tears, it will be business as usual.
I came here to complete my Master’s Degree in Water Management specialising in Water Quality Management and I will. These same tears I’ve shed will mean so much more when I successfully do.
– the Awkward Chemist