Last night, we all went to the Vink, the local bar in town. It was fun, there were a bunch of locals there, but the majority was Emerson students. It was so much fun. It was really funny, I got there a little late, and everyone already had drinks. So I was like, “ok, I’ll just order a Heineken”. I go to the bar, and say,”Bottle of Heineken please!” The guy says, “No Heineken, only adfksgjasdjkg”. (I don’t know what he said). So I kinda hesitantly said, “Um.. ok, give me that!” It was good, whatever it was. Then I wanted a “Sex on the Beach” but I heard they don’t know the American names for drinks, so I said, “Anythng fruity”. The guy says “Froo-tee?” not knowing what it was I wanted. So I said, “you know, with fruit”? He looked at me questionably, and ironically made just what I wanted, “Sex on the Beach”. It was good. We stayed there for quite a while, there were 6 or so girls, and we talked about everything, so I really think I made some awesome friends. We are gonna have a great time! Around 1am, we came back to the Castle.
Last night was interesting. My bed is sort-of on a hill. One side is slightly higher than the other, so I feel as if I will roll off at any point. And my pillow is incredibly lumpy, not very comfortable! But I slept through the night only to wake up to bells tolling at 9:45am. I think church was in session, and the bells were chiming for 15 minutes. Granted they were pretty, but I was sleeping! Today is going to be a pretty full day, not many breaks in between, but hopefully I can find time to go for a run. I should have went this morning. I have to get my act together. For breakfast, Nelly (the incredible cook here) made awesome French toast. It was soooo good. That’s the right way to get your day started, let me tell you!
Today, I was kinda bored, so I decided to take a walk through the town. I went in the opposite direction of the way I went yesterday. I went down along a pier. And there was this cute little Dutch village. It was so cute! They had cobblestone streets, and cute little lanterns. Everyone was out riding their bikes! All the houses have cute little stone gardens, and there is this beautiful cemetery, really old, and classy. I had my disc-man on, and I was just admiring everything. Then, I noticed, in one window, this little old man, with balding white hair. He kinda looked a little like Irving’s grandfather. He was waving at me. I, of course, waved back. He then motioned for me to come inside. I was just kinda standing there! And he came to the door, and motioned for me to come in and take a drink. I kept saying no, he obviously didn’t speak English, and I didn’t speak Dutch. So I kinda tried to say “Hoya”, which means Bye. And I walked away. As I was walking back to the castle, I saw my friend, Emily. I told her about the old man, and we decided we would go and visit. When we got to his house, he was in the window again, and he was so excited when he saw that I came back. He motioned for us to come back inside, and we did. He then opened up a cabinet and pointed to shelves of liqueur. He pointed and said to pick. We picked out a wine, he got wine glasses, and we had a toast! He wanted us to take off our coats and stay, but we had a meeting and had to go, so we tried to explain, and left. The poor guy, I think he lived in an elderly complex, we were probably the most company he’d had all week! They told us when we got here, that the town gets really excited when the Americans come! So he was all excited!Great times had by all.
Tonight, we all went out to the bar down the street, not the Vink, the other one. And the funniest thing is that Emerson paid for all of our drinks. I had a glass of wine, that everyone toasted with, and a beer. They have this thing here called a “half and half” and I don’t know what it is, but its good. So we danced, techno music came on and stuff and I was happy. Then, six of us came back and played pool in the lounge here. Its $1.50 to play, but we beat the system, duck-taped the pockets and played over and over! Then we watched “Interview with the Vampire” with Dutch subtitles!
And the last thing I did today was book a flight online for my trip after Paris. Emily and I decided that we will go to Italy, traveling from Rome to all points north. From Venice, we will fly back to Brussels. The flight: $14.99. I know, its cheap, and its funny, but OMG, Hello???? 15 bucks! Sounds like a deal to me! So we booked it online! I am soooo excited to travel. Its gonna be amazing! Its 11pm now and classes start tomorrow, so I’m gonna go get some sleep!