“Now that the pandemic has subsided, the world really feels like it’s a lot bigger”
Najeeb Baroud is a new student in the English language teacher training course and is trying to find his way in the Netherlands, but thinks the hair salon in Sint Maarten is better than here. “There’s just so much flavor to the meat and the sauce for that matter.”
“The first weeks here at school are good, not difficult anyway. Last year I continued my gym teacher training, I stopped because I was tired of all those sports. My Dutch is not good either, so I thought an English teacher would be a good idea. I can use it in All directions and work in many different places in the world.This way I can also travel and see something in the world.
“Last year I continued my gym teacher training, I stopped because I was tired of all this sport.”
I come from Saint Martin, you don’t have a good education there and that’s why I had to leave. I also have a Dutch passport, so coming here was a logical move. That was three years ago now. It hasn’t been all that great because of the virus and lockdowns, but now that the pandemic is less, the world really feels a lot bigger. Simply put, there is more to do than Sint Maarten, which is a small island after all.
I am especially happy that I can go to concerts again. I love punk rock and metal, and I’ve been to Slipknot and Ghost shows recently. Very pleasant! I was just listening to Rage Against the Machine and they will be playing here soon, but I don’t know if I can afford it. Money is part of a problem right now. To earn some extra money, I work at a Five Guys fast food restaurant. It’s not fancy but it puts the food on the table. Literally because I can eat there for free. It also helps to be able to pay the rent for the apartment I share with my brother.
I do note that there are cultural differences. Eating here man, just don’t do it! “
I do note that there are cultural differences. The food is here man, just don’t do it! I don’t like the food here haha. I don’t want to be too negative, but still… Sint Maarten is a lot like America in terms of cuisine, everything is a lot unhealthy but very tasty. There will probably be less preservatives in the food here, so it may be healthier but tastes completely different. My favorite dish from Sint Maarten? hair salon! I love him man. It really tastes a lot better in Sint Maarten than here, although its ingredients are basically the same. Believe me, there is a lot of flavor to the meat and sauce.
“Oh wait, I have to run again. My lesson has begun and I don’t quite know my way around this building yet.
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