Studies: International Communication (Camille)
Countries: China (Camille)
Loves: Shopping in Hongkong (Camille)
Football, Olympique de Marseille (David)
Hates: Wash dishes (Camille)
Pretentious people (David)
Heroes: My father and mother (Camille)
My dad and Owen Hargreaves (David)
Did you guys meet each other here in Winschoterdiep?
Camille: ‘When I came from China, I first started studying International Business, but I didn’t like it so much. It was very hard. So I switched to International Communication this year. But I met David in that first year of IBS, but then we lived in different student houses. Now we both moved to Winschoterdiep and we met again! Tonight he invited me for dinner. Quite special, because he never really cooks.’
David: ‘No, I usually just put something in the microwave.’
Camille: ‘I didn’t even know he could cook so well!’
What was your first impression of Holland?
David: ‘Cold! And the funny thing is, I arrived at the end of August!’
Camille: ‘I had no idea what to expect, my mind was blank. Then, when I arrived, it was so wonderful, so beautiful! It looked like a cartoon, so clean and so different from China.’
What is the biggest difference between your country and Holland?
David: ‘Dutch people are so serious. In Senegal, people always joke around, they smile and greet each other when they meet in the street. Here people just mind their own business and don’t laugh too much.
Camille: ‘The buildings are completely different. They are so old! In China, most buildings are a couple of years old. Here you can find buildings that are two or three hundred years old. It’s like walking around in a museum.’
What is your favourite place in Groningen?
David: ‘The new Atrium at Zernike. It’s so big and it’s just cool to get some food, climb the stairs, sit down, relax and look around.’
Camille: ‘Noorderplantsoen. I always used to go there when I felt bad, just to walk around and think.’
Can you give me a famous saying from your country?
David: ‘The one who hasn’t crossed the second bank of the river, should not make fun of the one who is drowning.’
Camille: ‘Too much is worse than less.’
Source: Hanze Mag