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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.


Castle, Carnival… and Mr. Rogers February 27, 2003

Filed under: Europe,Semester Abroad — Kelocity @ 4:08 pm
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Ok: Mr. Roger’s died today. How sad is that? That is soooo depressing. I think God wanted to honor him today by making it a “Sunny day in the Neighborhood”. It was beautiful today…. 59 degrees to be exact… with no breeze at all. I actually had a short sleeve shirt on, and I was still warm, it was the greatest thing ever. I went for a long walk with Whitney today, that was a lot of fun. We went grocery shopping for the weekend.

Anyways, all that aside… I look really hot right now. LOL It is the first night of Carnival, and I’m sooo excited. I have my little gold sparkly shirt on and my new black pants that I got in Cologne, Germany. And, the best part: Emily went out and got crowns for us to wear to the bar tonight. I have my gold crown on and I’m prancing around in my castle… I am a princess for real tonight!!! At the Vink, its ladies night and the guys can only get in if they dress up as women. I’m really excited for this. I plan on being out, all night. More updates tomorrow! Ciao!


Castle Life February 25, 2003

Filed under: Europe,Semester Abroad — Kelocity @ 4:06 pm
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Today is Billy’s Birthday! Happy 20th Big Will! I miss everyone at home! I can’t wait to see everyone. Its weird, I feel like I have been here for years, and yet at the same time, it feels like I just got here. I’m having SUCH a great time! Its been sooo nice out all week. Again today, no clouds in sight… It has been sunny all week, and the weather is just perfect. I went for a run/walk today for an hour. I went through the back roads where all the neighborhoods are preparing for Carnival. I heard that people start working on floats for the parade in October for this event. I’m sooo curious to see! The parade goes right by the Castle on Sunday. I don’t think I’m going to dress up, but it sounds like fun! I had class all day today, from 10am till 4pm and I always sit by the window and I could not WAIT to get outside. After my walk around the town, I walked around the moat of the castle and I saw two peacocks! With beautiful blue and green feathers. I was so excited.


Carnivale January 29, 2003

Filed under: Semester Abroad — Kelocity @ 1:35 pm
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Today, I went for a walk around Well. They have this thing called Carnival, it’s a pretty big deal, the whole town gets involved and decorated and festive. I went through this neighborhood that was all decorated with red and green streamers, and flags, and flowers. It was so pretty. I will be here for the “big event”, so I’m pretty excited about that. The town is so beautiful. I was up before most Emerson kids, so it was nice to enjoy the quietness, and peacefulness. Following this, I had lunch and my Media Crit and Theory class. I’m sorry, that class is beginning to annoy me. It is all feminist and stuff. And I am sick of learning about that. I think the best part of class was when the street sweeper came and cleaned the sidewalks outside of the window. I find myself daydreaming a lot in the class, because I lose interest. But its ok. I have Renaissance and Reformation thought in a half hour. I love that class, it is focusing on the world up to the 1500s. Its so interesting, I really Love it. I don’t want to sound like a dork, but I look forward to that class all the time! That’s all for now!


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