Little Lille, Little me!!

There are two kinds of travelling: relaxing and moving. The former is better to spend with friends and family or someone special. The latter is much more enchanting to make it yourself. When I was a kid, of course it was always with family. But the more I grow up, the desire to travel by myself to test my ability, enlarge and challenge it to the utmost. Especially, huge thanks must have been said to this continent, Europe, where I have been growing up with more consciousness and fully openness to the unknown-unknowns 😉

A weekend away in Lille to question and answer myself what I have been and am doubting. What I am really passionate and love to do, to spend my time on earth more worthily. Who do I want to become? Who do I want to spend my time with?

Little Lille, Little Me. This trip was extraordinarily fantastic, which awoke me ability to have enough courage to travel and wonder around alone again. Discovering everything without much hesitation, the less you know the more brave you are. I let myself lose into unknown area, wherein I would have never entered if the second thought had come. I met new interesting people, let my eyes truly widely open as a tourist, visitor and try to act local, think global ;). English is not really a helpfully survival tool there. People usually assume everyone knows English, and it would be enough. That’s the reason sometimes I am wondering why I need to learn more languages. Although I just stubbornly believe that it might help someday somehow. And it is so true that many parts of the world, even in Europe, the more languages you know the higher percentage you will access to other people’s heart 😉

I had not plan anything except for two critical things I have to make sure: places to sleep at night and how to go and return. That’s all. The rest of this weekend away was just exploring to new things, let myself completely lose and be a child with eagerness and curiosity to go and do whatever I resonated it was the right thing to do. I by chance was sweetly invited to Renaissance exhibitions over Detroit, Rio de Janeiro and Korean. How historically artistic Detroit was presented! How exhilarating and lively Rio de Janeiro was illustrated. It was totally eye catching as the South American warm, full of sunshine winds had just been blown to this European city commencing to autumn with dry and dully cold atmosphere.  Especially beyond my expectation, there was tea tester corner with all kinds of herb from jasmine, lemon grass, mint to all the name I wasn’t aware of. Also there was a leaflet with useful knowledge regarding how to make use of this whole warm drink. Honestly, I was a coffee-holic, but turned out; I have been molding myself to tea enjoyer. J  Moreover, it was so amazing to notice that at the museum or exhibition place, there were always chairs, sofas, even hammocks to enjoy the art fully rest.  Excitedly, I had chance to try on the traditional Korean dress – Hanbok, the first time in France lol , how lovely bizarre it was! I was truly cherished myself than ever.

Sitting in a café with my favorite book was one of the most rewarding thing I am always dreaming and enjoying enormously, especially in Lille, nice people ( albeit the fact that everyone said French are like this, like that, not so amiable, I kinda disagree), cool drink and dedicated sweet cake. I am in love with simple things like that. Although I did wish to have wifi access and the laptop with me, sometimes it is good to be aware that you can’t have it all and was able to stay away from the modern technology lol. Then I can just be okay with the situation, accept and enjoy it as much as you can. That’s why I could read and learn many things in the book which I procrastinate the reading times to times because of other distraction or assumed priority. Without those, I deeply read it and pondered how I can apply in my personal case. The answer was sort of disclose to me naturally.

Little Lille, Little me, a weekend away was just outright exactly what I needed and never regret I made it happened!!

How did I find an unbelievably wishful internship in Holland?

Your network is extremely helpful ….but it is obviously not all you need!

Originally I come from Asia, particularly Vietnam, where is more than usually, people would reckon your network is your success. As long as you have a widely social groups of friends and acquaintance, it would be so useful for your future career. So do your parents, if you were luckily born in sufficiently social-ranked family with an interconnect just-outright-related-to-your- field, your bright future is sort of ensured.


It is alleged that it would be totally another story in Western countries, Europe or here I am saying the Netherlands especially.  If you are qualified for a position, you will be undoubtedly chosen for it. It is more likely to believe that here your abilities are evaluated with no more and no less, no lucky effect ;). Yet, strikingly crucial notice is that your ability, adaptation and knowledge will be determined parameters for an internship or position you are aiming to, everywhere though. To be fair, it is necessary to have a right network as well, wherever you would like to land either an internship or later a career position, but it is definitely not priority.


Unclouded goals in conjuction with the right consistence! 

It is also acutely tricky that sometimes you do not know exactly what you are wishful for.  Would you opt for a safe destination which can be cleverly arranged or a wildly completely challenge direction, yet you are passionate about? (This might be an- always-in-mind-question-of-our-century 😉 ). Believe me, you will get your ever-wanted- internship if you holistically invest in it. If you asked me how many vacancies I had sent my applications to, lol sorry even I do not remember honestly, because it was countless I guessed. So far, I have realized that you never know what you are capable of until you had tried it. Thereof I am interning a marvelously fascinating business area that I could not envisage before. And I have truly found a passion as well as commitment which rise me up early every tempting morning.


The- realistic – office – world you can touch only when you are there!

Of course, we have seen so much office scenes either by visiting in real life or perhaps by watching movies. Everyone could at least imagine themselves how it would be. Nevertheless, it is always an interesting astonishment in a first interning day when it seems like your horizon has been just broadened and all theories you have learnt are putting in practice as much as possible. Although I had workplace training so as to expect how my internship would be happening, it is still immensely amazing to experience and enjoy the fruit of my hard-working-plus-never-give-up application period. Also, bunds of soft skills I have greatly gained through the interviews, which is priceless lesson for my own personal growth.


Again, it is always a choice that you can answer just for yourself, whatever you choose, do believe in it. I am whole-headedly-plus- heartedly sure that your internship is so worthy that you could not miss it in your career’s journey.  As long as after horrendously long hours at workplace, you come home and would still be tremendously able to say “yes” and “yes” and endless “yes” with the job you have done.