Unlike with my other blog contributions, I did not spend much time on deciding upon what I wanted this one to be about. It is be about the city of Leuven, in which I lived for the majority of the past six months, and about its people and its urban identity. It turned out to be a true privilege that I was virtually self-employed during my semester abroad in Leuven, as I only attenaded two courses at the Katholieke Universiteit (KU) and spent my remaining “working hours” on developing and co-authoring two academic conference papers. These papers emerged from my Master’s thesis at the University of Bern and did not relate to my semester abroad, which is why I was always free to select my actual working hours as well as my workplace. Thereby, particularly the latter allowed me to visit numerous and various spots and venues in every area and neighborhood of the city. What follows will mirror my (ongoing) familiarization process with Leuven in its single steps: discover – understand – match and merge with what (I thought) I knew previously.
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