Hey! My name is Georgie, I am currently studying a Masters in Christian Theology at Liverpool Hope University in England and I have recently just embarked on my Erasmus Exchange over to KU Leuven (Feb – July 2014). At this point, although I am a big traveller and often venture out on my own, I had never lived for a long period of time away from home. Therefore, this was a big adventure for me and a splendid one at that!
Considering I had never lived away from home before, I felt completely comfortable at Leo XIII Seminarie and it took only a matter of days to feel at home there. After reading the website and noticing it offered a certain community or communal atmosphere, I was hooked. I am quite a passionate, enthusiastic and sociable person, so this sounded like music to my ears – and what a tune it played!
Upon my arrival in Leuven, I was swept away by the beauty of the city and grand architecture – its myriad of churches, the Town Hall and the Central Library - but also with the beauty and serenity of Leo XIII - the place I would call home. I adored my room and the incredible windows that came with it. I spent time sitting at my desk studying whilst the sun bathed my room, it was lovely.
Although the old seminary is now a student accommodation; it to me, had not lost its initial seminary outlook. It remained, not only in the building itself, with its grand marble staircases and beams, art on the walls and its three chapels. But, also in the Christian ethos which was embedded within the place, primarily focused through friendship and community. But also with the Christian fellowship and events it had on offer, such as Pharos and Taize nights. It was aesthetically a quirky place to live, and it suited me to the core.