First week in England went by so fast :(
howl the drama queen
First official day in Bournemouth: get to know the school, know the bus route, run errands, walk around the beach, walk around the park, come home. Ah, what a long but happy day.
I have a migraine tho. So it’s an early bed for me…
Everything’s so different here, I’m scared that I will get lost haha. What I’ve seen of Bournemouth so far is very pretty. The host family is incredibly nice and my bed is comfortable.
I will go on exploring later today.
Plus thing: hot ginger guys everywhere damn
I haven’t been around much lately (for months, to be more accurate) and there’s a reason for that. I haven’t been much into tumblr lately, but I do feel like telling you a bit of what’s going on in my life right now, plus it will be a good let out, so… Here it goes.
For the past 5 months I’ve been doing everything in my way to go abroad to take an english course in England, learn the culture, improve my skills in the language, and possibly look out for universities for my masters degree. Back in march, I signed with EF International and started to get my paper work ready to go. First step was to get a new passport because mine was about to expire, thankfully I had already begun that process a month before that and I was just waiting for my passport to be ready. Obstacle number one: it wasn’t until May that I finally got it, after three months of bitter torture. So, good, I had my passport, now I could get started on step two, which was my visa application… but no.
A day before my visa interview, we got called for a meeting at EF Caracas, they wanted to inform us that CADIVI, which is our dreadful currency control system, wasn’t approving student applications for the UK, that there had been several applications denied and so they advised us to change destination if we wanted to continue with our trip. My world shattered. Without CADIVI’s approval, I wouldn’t be able to afford the course at all, and I didn’t want to change destination because UK was my dream.
Let me try to work you through how CADIVI works, if you are not familiar with it. Now, I’m not an expert and I don’t quite know well how it works so I’m going to have difficulties in trying to explain myself but here it goes. As a currency control system, CADIVI is the organism that controls the purchase of regular currency, meaning, at an official price. It assigns a certain amount of dollars available for purchase per person, organism, etc, depending on the process. For example, if an farmaceutical institution wants to buy medicine it needs approval by CADIVI, if a student wants to travel abroad to go to university, even if you want to visit a country as a tourist or just purchase something on the internet. You can only buy a certain amount of dollars depending on the process, not more. If you want to buy at official price (currently 6,30 Bsf I think) of course, otherwise you’d had to buy at black market price (currently 90 Bsf). If CADIVI doesn’t approve your application (which happens a lot, that’s the reason we are going through a medicine and food scarce) and you REALLY need the dollars, then you gotta buy at black market. As you can see, that’s over ten times the official price, so… you tell me.
I can’t afford the whole cost of the six months course at a black market price. So I need CADIVI’s approval. Desperately. This was the third obstacle in my way and I was starting to get really discouraged. But after a lot of thinking I decided to go on with my process and if I was to be denied then I would change destination. I gathered all the requirements for my visa application and was surprised to be interviewed by one of my friends, who happened to work at the embassy. I waited for over a month to get my visa, which only increased my anxiety.
I finally got my visa and started with my CADIVI process the first week of august, and then begun the most anxious two weeks I have had this year. I was stressed reading the news about ALL the students abroad that were going through a LOT OF TROUBLE, cold, hunger, etc., because CADIVI hadn’t sent the support money that these students applied for, about all the people that were applying to get their rightful dollar share and got denied, that each day that goes by we have less and less dollars, etc. I was (still am) stressed. I got no responses at all, even after I went personally to get interviewed and even sent a letter stating that my departure date was getting close.
I was resigned. I thought I wasn’t going to go and was about to lose the money invested on my plane ticked. Let me tell you a thing about getting plane tickets in my country. Basically CADIVI, doing it again, hasn’t approved the dollars corresponding to the airlines, so a lot of them have fleed out of the country, causing plane tickets almost impossible to get and/or pay.
I was worried because I had paid a considerably expensive plane ticket (more than it should cost if things worked properly in this country, I mean), done a lot of paperwork, invested a lot of my time and mental health into this, to just not go. I went on like this for a week or so, still waiting for my approval, checking my email every 4 hours. Just when I thought, well, I’m not going abroad, I need to get a new job, we got called for another meeting at EF Caracas. The pre-departure meeting. There, I heard about all the things that I was NOT going to be able to do because I wasn’t going to the trip. As I got sadder and sadder, they told us some of the applications submitted in july were getting approved, a considerable amount. That encouraged me a little. They also extended the date to make a collateral payment; pay two months of the course (at black market dollars) and wait for the CADIVI application approval WHILE being abroad.
I feel there’s a lot more to tell, but I’m going to make it shorter, for it is an obnoxiously long text post and surely no one will read it.
A bank loan later, I decided I was going to risk it all and go fulfill my dream. And here I am, writing this, a few hours before leaving to the airport, headed to England, my dream country, the one I’ve always wanted to meet, to study english for a few months (hopefully I’ll get approved and stay for 6 months), meet new people, make new friends, experience new things… I am very lucky and I am aware that it is a privilege not everyone can enjoy. I’m very thankful to my mother, that always supported me in every step of the way, and my friends, who were there to stand my rants and cries.
I’m going to miss my mother so much, if you know me you know I’m very close to her. I’ll miss my family and my friends, but as someone told me earlier, I need to look forward, not back.
I still haven’t assimilated it. I’m leaving today. I had a week to arrange everything, I should be proud. Instead I’m scared, and excited and also a little sad to leave my mum. A little sad that I might not be able to leave this country indefinitely, which was my original plan, a little sad that I want to leave. Whether I stay or I come back, this will be a great experience and I plan to enjoy it to the fullest.
Next time I talk to you I’ll be in England :D
Dance-off, bro. Me and you.
I want a decent internet conection so I can catch up with the last season of The Legend of Korra :(
amaranthine-ephemeralitysaid: That was me and it was a Foo Fighters reference and you should be ashamed of yourself for not getting it! xD
O Q R :3
O - One wish?
To be able to live abroad and travel for a while before I’m 30.
Q - Question your always asked?
"But mum, why can’t I have a puppy?"
R - Reason to smile?
Music, a good book, a nice cup of tea, a kid laughing, small animals.
Wait, anon. Did you really send a confession? I did not get it :O
[AGGRESSIVELY APOLOGIZES FOR BEING A BAD FRIEND AND AN UNPLEASANT PERSON TO BE AROUND]