The best way to meet local people is to head out to the pub on any night of the week. Every time we go out, it seems we come home having had a good conversation with someone we didn’t know before. Because classes are only once a week, you don’t really have time to get to know people unless you’re super outgoing. But a pub is the perfect atmosphere to meet new people.
I haven’t really made too many big purchases while abroad. As I’m not really that much of a spender as it is. The different currency isn’t all that much for me to get used to. It only takes a couple of weeks to be able to pick the different coins from your wallet without having to look at them. However, keeping within a budget has been hard for me because of the constant rate of change as far as exchange goes. The economy at home has been fluctuating a lot. So, the amount of the dollar has seen better days. With this, it makes it harder to keep track of the exchange rate because it changes on a near daily basis.