So I would think of myself as rather independent and self-sufficient (I know if my parents are reading this they will be shaking their heads)… however when it comes to ‘fixing things’ I lack certain skills. So when the basin in my room clogged this week I simply stood staring, wishing it away. Unfortunately the local Aldi doesn’t stock Drano (at least I have no idea what that would translate to in Dutch). So my roommate and I swallowed our pride and went to ask the security guard at our complex for assistance.
He stood plunging for a few minutes, then poured pretty much a whole bottle of ‘Dutch Drano’ down the sink (please note this is not advised), then finally he took the whole thing apart and put it back together! I’m unsure if he himself had any idea what he was doing. However as I cleaned my teeth tonight and the water ran seamlessly down the sink, I am very grateful to Mark the security guard!
While being on exchange teaches you many lessons in becoming truly independent, remember you can always ask for help. Whether it is to unclog the sink, directions around town, or letting someone know that you are struggling, I think it is always worth the reward of getting a solution!