Monthly Archives: syyskuu 2014

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

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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..

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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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