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Easter in the Netherlands April 21, 2003

Filed under: Europe,Semester Abroad — Kelocity @ 2:14 pm
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Yesterday was Easter Sunday. I attempted to get up early and go to a Dutch Easter Mass, but then got too tired and decided against it. We could hear the church bells from our room though (does that count?) Today, I went for a run, then chilled on the lawn outside and did some homework. It was sooo nice outside! Then, Nelly cooked us an “easter dinner”, but it was terrible and I got sick from it. I’m so mad because here, you have three options: 1.) get sick from the food 2.) eat peanut butter and bread for the rest of your life and get fat 3.) starve… you just can’t win. Everyone is super homesick. Thank god Irving called me tonight, because I just want to come home. My sister is in Europe this week, my parents are in Disney World, and I’m here…. All alone. I had a great time here, but enough is enough and I ran out of money…. Time for Boston!

Today was Easter Monday. Again, everything was closed. Apparently it’s a big holiday here. It was close to 80 degrees here today, super hot. I went for a nice run around the village, and for the rest of the day, just relaxed on the field behind the castle. There was a little cookout going on, and a bunch of guys bought a grill and a bunch of meat and veggies, and just barbequed all day. Everyone just hung out on blankets, getting some sun. We played Frisbee, and cards, and just talked about stuff. It was perfect. What a great day.


Exploring the Netherlands April 19, 2003

Filed under: Europe,Semester Abroad — Kelocity @ 2:12 pm
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Today, Dara and I totally slept in. Then, at noon, we met Dominique at the Vink. He is a guy that works in the dining hall with me. He lives in the village here. All of us were going to Arcen, a town 15 minutes away. In Arcen is the ice cream place rated “Best Ice-Cream in Europe, for like 3 or 4 years in a row. We got there, and it was true, it was great! Then, we walked around the town for a while and saw some of the castles in the area. One of them looks very similar to our castle. It was fun. Marjorie, Tony, Dara and I went to the Vink for dinner and got some soup. Then at night, till almost 2am, we watched the “Sixth Sense” with a bunch of people. It freaked us all out because it was scary. Dara and I were scared to go back to our room. This castle is scary at night when there aren’t too many people in it. Oh, and by the way, there has been a massive attack of spiders on the Castle and they are everywhere, it’s so scary and gross.


Winding Down April 18, 2003

Filed under: Europe,Semester Abroad — Kelocity @ 2:10 pm
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Today, Dara and I got up early and went to the Meer Market (the town supermarket) and we got some food for the weekend. There are no meals this weekend, so we have to stock up! Then, we ate brunch in our room. After this, we took the bus to Venlo, a town 45 minutes away. When we got there, we found the Limburg Museum. We were hoping to find some cool artifacts from the Castle, but there wasn’t much there. We saw some old portraits of the Royal family who lived here, but other than that, it was a waste of three Euros!

After that experience, we walked around the town. It was really warm out, and there were so many people. Everywhere we turned, there were people. It was crazy. We did some shopping, and a lot of window shopping. With about 10 Euros left until we leave, window shopping was a good idea.

On the way back to Well, we saw a few castle guys get on the bus too. They had come all the way to Venlo to buy beer, because apparently, if you buy a lot of beer in Well, the people call the Castle to warn the administration. That’s sad.  And, on the way back, there was road construction, and it took us an hour and 45 minutes to get back. It sucked. But we made it.

For the rest of the night, we just relaxed around the castle, ate dinner in the room, and played Scrabble online. (Its fun, you should all try it!) I don’t think I’ve won a game yet!


Hanging Out at the Castle! April 12, 2003

Filed under: Europe,Semester Abroad — Kelocity @ 2:06 pm
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I have been just relaxing and chilling, getting ready for finals. That’s about it. Its actually better than that in real life, I’m just too lazy to write it all down. Its all in my real journal here, and I have tons of pics to show, like, everyone when I get home! I know you all miss me! I miss everyone there too!


Castle Midterms March 5, 2003

Filed under: Europe,Semester Abroad — Kelocity @ 4:21 pm
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Ok, midterms are the most evil thing in the world. I have been going insane this week trying to make sure I know everything. I had my Intercultural Communication midterm yesterday and one of my answers was: “I think I know this answer, it begins with a C, but I can not think of it right now… do you give partial credit?” Well, we will see about that… but in the middle of our test, a parade came right through the Castle gates and into the courtyard…like a tractor pulling a float and there was a band that was playing Dutch music and everything. It was so strange, but hey, I guess during Carnivale, anything goes. Then I had my Renaissance class and in the middle of that class, fireworks went off. Luckily, my teacher let us have a break so we could watch them. They were ordinary fireworks, but the Dutch just made them seem so much better. Right now, I am off to go for a run…. I’ve been good and I’ve been going pretty consistently. The weather is just amazing.


Carnivale Wrap Up! March 2, 2003

Filed under: Europe,Semester Abroad — Kelocity @ 4:20 pm
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Well Carnival is in full swing. Last night was amazing. We all went to the Linden for the big costume party. The guys were all dressed up as kings and princes and the women had all sorts of weird costumes. Everyone was drunk, it was so funny. I had on my cute little backless shirt I just bought in Venlo. Some Emerson kids came dressed up in various costumes: a pirate, an Indian, police man… They had a live band that played pretty much every kind of music. They played traditional Dutch music, that I am now addicted to, and they played awesome techno music, and then they played stuff like Elvis Presley and other classic American music. so funny how they become so fond of American music. We danced pretty much all night; it was such a great time.

Today was the parade. It was, oh my god, the BEST parade I’ve ever seen. It lasted an hour and half, it was so long. It’s weird because the town is so small, I don’t know how there was anyone to actually watch the parade because everyone in the town was in it. There were so many floats, they had different themes: 70s retro, the queen of hearts, the police and a bunch of other stuff. It was scary, the police float threw fake grenades at the crowd and they smoked, and it was scary, all the Americans were like, “umm…. Why are they throwing grenades at us?” There was a Harry Potter theme float too. The other really big part of this parade was, surprise, surprise: alcohol. Everyone in the parade was drinking on the floats. And they don’t throw candy at the crowd, they throw alcohol. They were throwing individual shots in little bottles at us, I got an apple shot that I gave to Kevin. One float was giving away full cans of Heineken. I think the whole theory behind carnival is that you get really drunk all weekend, up until Fat Tuesday and then you fast for 40 days. So everyone will be partying tonight too. I have to study for midterms. This is the absolute worst weekend to do so, no one wants to study, there are so many parties going on. Its crazy.


Carnivale!! March 1, 2003

Filed under: Europe,Semester Abroad — Kelocity @ 4:18 pm
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I can’t believe its March already! It really feels like the middle of may, still! The first night of Carnival was so much fun. I went with Emily, Courtney and Liz. Emily and I had our little crowns on, and Liz and Courtney dressed up as men. We were the only Emerson kids at the Vink for two hours. This was very nice because the locals found it fun to teach us about their customs and about their traditions. They were amazed that we don’t have Carnival in America. It was all women at the Vink. I was told that it was a celebration of the 1900s when women were given the right to enter a bar. All the women were dressed as they would have been in the 1900s, it was really cute. Around 11pm, the “kings” of this year’s carnival came, and they danced to Dutch music. They taught us some dances. They also were really big into conga lines, and they kept pulling us into them. It was great! They had Dutch food, that they insisted we try, and it was really good, even though I have no idea what it was! When the Vink started to fill up with all Emerson kids, I left, and came back to the Castle to watch “Pretty Woman”. Good Times.

I went to Venlo and booked my Eurail tickets for Switzerland. It took me like an hour and a half to finally get them. Apparently, next weekend is vacation week and everyone is going to Switzerland. But I got them. Then I walked around and shopped for a bit. I got really excited about clubbing sometime, so I bought club clothes that I’m probably never going to wear, but they were cute, so I bought them anyways.


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