Jean-Pierre Halbertsma

Jean-Pierre Halbertsma

This week was one of the most useful weeks that I have ever faced. This, following the many new cultures met and the friendships made. Having never really been in continuous contact with people from Poland, Norway, Bulgaria and Romania this week has had an enourmous inpact on me and, I know for sure, on the other people as well. Now we have learned about all these new and intriguing ways of life because of all the traditional dinners and the activities we undertook in the Netherlands.

I learned that the Romanians, Bulgarian and the Polish are not people that should be despised and looked down on. The people that for me have represented those countries were the friendliest and most inspiring young people I have ever met, welcoming us in to their homes with the greatest humility and dignity. Showing us what real pride was towards their nations. These were people who looked in to the future with a confidence that no-one could overthrow.

The Norergians weren’t the bleak and rigid Norsemen I had anticipated. They were instead, after having met them, I believe, one of the most kindhearted people I ever spoke to. Showing their liberality and greatest humility in every word they said or action they undertook.

This week has brought me many new insights, not only just on a social level, moreover giving me new insights on a cultural level, having learned from and the Dutch and the Norwegian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Polish cultures. This week has granted me, I think, with assets that I can and will use for a great deal of my life.

I want to thank everyone who helped us participate in this special program.

Jean-Pierre Halbertsma

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