Well, first I would like to start saying that I believe I am lucky for having my flatmates. One of the best things about life on campus is that you will be forced to share a flat with people that you probably have never seen before in your life. Some people do not enjoy sharing a place with someone else, but fortunately, this is not my case.
In my flat, we are five guys from different countries: Brazil, Italy, Philippines, India and China. Even before coming to Aston we started contacting each other via Facebook, and this was a good thing for “breaking the ice” when we had the chance to meet in person. Yes, some people say they find it hard to live among people with different cultural backgrounds, but in my view, that is the good bit about it. Every day we talk to each other most of the time in the kitchen, our common area and special place. The main reason for us spending so much time together in the kitchen is simple, we love cooking! Even having different nationalities, we do share this common thing about cooking good and healthy food (not only the frozen ones). Some days we get together to go to the Outdoor market in the city centre for buying fresh fruits and vegetables. Also at the Indoor market, we can usually fin good and cheap meat such as beef, chicken, pork, fish and seafood.
My neighbour Daniele is Italian and loves cooking guess what? Italian food. He is the ideal friend when we want to try a new Italian place in town based on his expertise. Another interesting flatmate I have is George from Philippines. He is a well-rounded young man who previously have been working in many countries around the world. Rahul is a brilliant smart lad from India. He is always in a good mood, focused at the gym and a good host arranging some gatherings at our kitchen. Last, we have Lang our excellent Chinese chef. He is responsible for providing the best Chinese meals ever! He loves sports and follows many leagues such as NBA, NFL and football ones.
As you know, I am from Brazil and we love cooking beef in the grill “the Brazilian barbecue style”. In addition, Brazilian food is not just about beans and rice; most Brazilians usually like trying every type of cuisine: Japanese, Italian, Chinese, etc. This characteristic has been helping me to enjoy even more the national cuisine of my flatmates every day.
Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. But life put us together and I believe for a good reason.
Thanks for reading!