BSZ: Introduce yourself!
Lisa:
Hey! I am Lisa Rigante and I am from Belgium! I studied Communications in Brussels when I came to Czech Republic.

BSZ: Why you decided to come to the Czech Republic?
Lisa:
I actually decided to come to CR because it wasn't mainstream. Everyone I know went to Spain or France. All the obvious choices (no offense to anyone) but I wanted to go somewhere where I usually don’t go. To Spain and all I could go easily on holiday, but CR was out of the box! That was actually the main reason why I chose CR!

BSZ: What was your first opinion about Zlin? Has it changed after you got to know it better?
Lisa:
At first I didn’t really know what to think? Zlin is very small and quiet so I wasn’t sure about it. But after a while, when I knew a lot more people, I started to love Zlin. I started to love all the people in it, the nice coffee bars and regular bars. Also the fact that you can travel everywhere for almost no money. In comparison to Belgium I traveled super cheap in Czech Republic :)

BSZ: What was the best place you have visited in the Czech Republic?
Lisa:
Hmm I liked the city Brno very much, but also the Punkva caves and Macocha, that was incredibly beautiful. I would like to visit that place again some day!

BSZ: In which faculty you were studying here? How did you like it?
Lisa:
I studied Communications, so I had classes in both Faculty of Multimedia and Communications and Faculty of Management and Economics, I think. I like it, but it really wasn’t that hard for me. I personally didn’t come to Czech Republic especially for its education. Most of the things I saw in the classes, I already had seen in Belgium so it really wasn’t that hard for me.

BSZ: What is the best thing about the Erasmus experience for you?
Lisa:
The fact that I have a group of really good friends around the world now! I already visited a friend from Greece last summer and it was amazing to see each other again and spend some time together, like old times. Also one of the great things, is all the traveling. We traveled almost every weekend to a place nearby. Just amazing!!

BSZ: What you have learnt about yourself during your Erasmus?
Lisa:
I have learnt that I can be independent. And that I am not scared of new adventures, of starting something when you don’t know what’s coming next. It really opened up my horizons. I realized that I also can go on adventures and do amazing things in life.

BSZ: What advice you wished you had received before your exchange?
Lisa:
Hmmm let me think… I can’t really think of something actually… check the weather before you leave? Because I was staying in Czech Republic fort he winter semester, so I packed long trousers, long sleeved t-shirts and everything. But little did I know that it would still be 30 degrees for more than a month! I was sweating like a pig every day hahah! So check the weather, even if you’re leaving for the winter semester!

BSZ: How Buddy System Zlin helped you, while you were here?
Lisa:
My Buddy helped me in the first week or so to get accommodated and everything. He picked me up from the train station, showed me my dorm and so on. The Buddy System in general was amazing, because they organized so many things for Erasmus students. This way we all got to know each other and spend time with everyone. I really appreciated them for doing all this. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have seen so many things in Czech Republic as we have now!

BSZ: Is there anything else you want to share?
Lisa:
I just wanted to say that it is a really great experience and that everyone who wants to test their limits, make new friends, go on adventures, … has to go on Erasmus. If it isn’t in Czech Republic, it is some where else. All good! Just do it and enjoy it!