Ich gehe doch nach hause…

Spending most of my time with germans in case you were wondering…

Christmas is almost there. Which means the time has come for me to say goodbye to Arnhem.

For some reason the past month felt really long. Don’t get me wrong, there were many really nice moments there. But I guess for some ridiculous reason I really miss the cold and dark Finland. Before I came here I couldn’t even imagine that I could actually miss it so much. Well, not really the cold and dark part.. But you know what I mean.

This time here has been a unique experience that I’m really glad I’ve had a chance to have. A year ago I had no idea where I would be now and who I would spend my time with. That’s a really cool thing to think about. You never know what happens around the next corner. That’s both exciting and scary but also makes life interesting.

 

This was taken at a blues jam session in Germany. Had never heard anyone play blues with a tuba before..

This was taken at a blues jam session in Germany. Had never heard anyone play blues with a tuba before..

 

Me and Hanna really killing it ;)

Me and Hanna really killing it

 

Anyway…

I’m so ready to graduate. You’re never finished with music that’s for sure but I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life.

I’m going to end this by quoting a friend who so elegantly put it:

Travelling is great and being exposed to different things… but just as important or maybe even more important is to have a home to return to…

 

 

 


Project week

Last week we had a project week in school. That means that there was a band called Now vs Now giving work shops and we would play some of their songs as well. Three days of intensive practising that is. It was quite a lot of work but I enjoyed it. Sometimes these intensive courses can be the best there can be! It reminded me of a course few years ago in JAO conservatory when we spent a week in Lapland to play some world music. It is always inspiring to see some really great musicians to do their thing and to absorb some of their passion.

Now vs Now

Now vs Now

 

If you want to see what our band did you can see the live video from here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/55538547

November arived here too though. It's not as depressive as in Finland but still.

November arrived here too.

 


October’s storm (that’s a great song from The Reign Of Kindo btw)

The past month has been about computer melt downs (it has happened three times now), finnish visitors, going to see some gigs and making friends. So even though my hardrive died and I lost some of my thesis with it, I think the over all feeling of this month was very good. But I do not want to hear any ”good” advices on how you should always save your thesis in multiple locations. You don’t think I don’t know that? I cannot really explain why I stopped doing that when I got here.. I blame the cheese. But the good thing is I was able to make up some of the work I lost last weekend, so I’m almost done with it! Hallelujah!

So my sister and my brother in law came to visit me a few weeks ago and during the autumn vacation my brother was here. We did some travelling inside the Netherlands and also went to see Cologne. Thanks for coming! It was great to have you.

"Pretend you're sitting down." That worked well..

”Pretend you’re sitting down.” That worked well..

The canals of Amsterdam

The canals of Amsterdam

 

 

With Vesa we saw the Dom in Cologne. It was pretty amazing…

 

The Dom

 

We also went to Haarlem to see the Corrie Ten Boom museum. It was quite moving. That one I would recommend to anyone visiting Holland. If you don’t know the story, watch the movie! You can see it from youtube. To me that’s a movie I cannot watch without tears from the beginning to the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhVC9q_ZlDs&list=PLC7CC4037867A4B1B

 

There is no greater way to end October than to go see Snarky Puppy live! We did that with some guys from Artez last thursday. What a sweet band!

Me and Michael League

Me and Michael League

 

The things I really enjoy right now are the weekly jam sessions and lunch concerts on wednesdays. Live music is the best!

Sometimes when practicing with a mirror you get scared of yourself entering the room... (??)

Sometimes when practicing with a mirror you get scared of yourself entering the room… (??)

 

Sarppa kuittaa!! Terkut Suomeen! On mulla välillä ikävä!

 


Is this your first time here?

I have to admit I’m lazy writing posts here. But I guess I could try to be more active by keeping these short but regular. Well, thy were not exactly long before but.. We’ll see how that goes.

A week ago I was able to go see the beach on the west side of the country. A friend asked me to come jam with them and I really enjoyed the sun and music there. As you can see the setup was quite extraordinary! I’m suggesting the guys at Twister should try this in the future.. Jaakko? Ville?

The name of the band is Rolling Beat Machine, you should check them out. https://www.facebook.com/RollingBeatMachine

Trying to keep up with the guys

Trying to keep up with the guys

 

It was hard to believe it was 28th of September. It felt like July in Finland.

I started to take some percussion lessons as well. Not much can happen in a few weeks but maybe it helps me to find my inner latino. Like in here… Panamena

Many friends have tried to take me to the gym over the years. Non of them have succeeded. I guess the only person who can do that is me. And here it seemed like something finally clicked in my brain for me to go and sign up. Now, I really wish someone had taken a video from me trying to do Pilates in dutch or desperately seekin the muscles in my hips in zumba. Of cource I took a place in front of the instructor so I could really see the moves. Didn’t think she would therefore see mine! ”Is this your first time??” 😀 No, why did you think that?

 


Gezellig!

Okay… Getting the hang of how to live here I guess. I’ve got a bike now (which was a lot more important to many dutch people than me). And also, I’m learning how to survive with a small lunch aka sandwiches. I’m also very good at pretending like I understood dutch, at least at the grocery store. I already know the questions they will ask me, and I know how to anwer no, ”nee” and thank you, ”dank u wel”.  There are times though when I need to apologise I don’t speak dutch. But for some reason, even if just for a small conversation, it’s nice to feel as if you new how to behave and blend in.

I’ve spent the past couple of weeks getting to know the school and trying to get my routines running. Since I’m hoping to graduate this Christmas I don’t have that many credit points to use here. I’ve done almost everything. Also some of the courses I wanted to take here are not happening after all because not enough people chose them. So that’s a bummer. All of this means that I’ve got a lot of free time. So I thought seeking new hobbies would be in order. I already took a pilates class. 🙂

At school I’m focusing on latin ensamble, impro ensamble and drum lessons. Trying to work on my improvisation and soloing skills this fall. Not the easiest job i guess..

For me, wherever I live my life, it’s important to find some other christians. So I went to this church I found online and was happy to find some wonderful people there. Also last sunday I met a great couple I knew through some friends and they took me to a nice national park. It was a huge park with some museums and of course bicycles! We had a lovely day together.

Cycling with Marjo and Arjen

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Pyäriä

 

Also this weekend there is the 70th anniversary of the battle of Arnhem.

Jee auto

Eusibius church, right next to my apartment


Hallo!

So… Here I am. In the land of windmills, wooden shoes, tulips and cheese. I’m not much of a writer I think but nevertheless I decided to share my time here as an exchange student in this manner. Because of jamk I will write in english.

Leaving abroad alone for the first time in my life has definitely been a challenge for me. I’m learning new things about myself all the time – not all of which are nesessarily pleasant. The stress of a new situation like this makes me see my own vulnerability and insecurity. However, this place feels like home more and more every day, so things are quite allright in that sense. 🙂

Arnhem I would describe with one word – cute. My apartment is in the center of Arnhem, very close to pedestrian streets and stores. And this appartment really was a gift from God you have no idea! I’ve realized after settling in how great this place in fact is. Choosing a place to live by pictures only can be quite a gamble. But I was very fortunate indeed.

The first weekend I was here, there was a free culture event in the city. I was able to see Wende & Het Gelders Orkest live and it was very impressive. No I didn’t know who they were either but basicly it was a symphony orchestra who played pop music. I liked it very much.

My school hasn’t fully started yet. We had an introduction day and a day of music and health. As you can see from the program that it was quite wide in terms of what we dealth with.

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But next week I will have my first drum lesson! I’m very mych looking forward to that. I have two drum teachers here, René Creemers and Etienne Nillesen. Here’s René https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTLcpIFNzks

In general my school ArtEZ seems very interesting. It’s very multidisclipinary with own departmens for fine art, fashion, design, music, theatre, dance and more..

Stroopwafel

There’s a nice park in the city

 But anyway.. Looking forward to see the things I will learn this fall. In case you want to send me sms, here’s my dutch number: +316 45 203 336. But facebook is probably the best way. 🙂

 

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