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i tried to study a bit before arriving but it turned out to be pretty useless. as soon as i arrived i started with a french course.
yes, i did. the culture here is very very different and still a lot of things are driving me nuts. e.g. that i hardly found local professionals i can rely on. everything takes a lot of time and most people see me as a walking wallet.
i used to be pretty depressed in the beginning and i also didn`t like going out on the streets much, as hardly anybody speaks english and many people shouted at me (mainly about being white).
also as i said before, many things make me angry again and again...
most people turn out to be helpful, very friendly and very open with their opinions. it's a vivid and colourful culture. i like that there is city life (where you can almost live up to western standards) but also still very traditional ways of living in the villages. it`s interesting to get to know all the problems they have to develop and how much everything changed after the crisis.
the slowliness and uneffectiveness. the fact that i never know if someone likes me because of my wallet or because of me as a person. the noise and that you can hardly walk on the streets without being bugged by someone.