Adventures in Netherland
So lets see my internet wasn't working all weekend...go figure. So anyway that's why its been so long since the last post. The Welcome to Holland Party went well. Didn't get home till 4:30 that morning but it was okay cause I didn't have to be anywhere on Thursday until 4 in the afternoon. Well that's what I thought anyway but the ESN people thought I had to be at the school at 11 so they came and buzzed my room in a panic and woke me up. Since I was still asleep it took us going in circles for about 5 minutes before they realized that I had an appt. at 4 NOT 11! It worked out okay though. Then that afternoon we went bowling and then that night we had a pub crawl. They split us up into groups for the pub crawl so I wasn't with any of my friends but it turned out alright cause I made some new Spanish, French, and Dutch friends! On Friday we took a boat tour through the canals of Leeuwarden. I tried to take some pictures for you guys but my camera battery was dead. Victoria, a Lithuanian girl, is supposed to email me hers sometime in the future then I'll post them. After that we took a walking tour of the city then we had a BBQ at the school. I was so excited about it cause I was thinking finally, some real food. Well...I shouldn't have gotten excited so quickly. A dutch BBQ is not quite the same thing as an American BBQ! My finnish friend and I were sooo hungry so when they said we could eat we rushed up to the line with all the boys. When we finally got to the food we realized that ALL the meat was raw and we had to grill it ourselves...so disappointing when your as ravenous as we were. Pretty much all the meat was unidentifiable but then again so were the side dishes. On the back of the table I saw this odd looking patty sort of thing that was kind of grey and oval shaped. My friend and I were discussing its possibilities and she says "maybe it's rat!" I then started laughing uncontrollably, if you know me well you know that it is not very uncommon for me to do that! After I got my laughter controlled I looked up and saw my advisor standing there so I asked him what it was and he replied "a hamburger...its very American you should like it." So I gave him a thumbs up and a big yeah and decided that it was probably pretty normal. Ummm yeah I was wrong...big surprise. So when I started cutting it, I realized it was some sort of pressed something or other and the only thing I could think of was RAT!! Also we were supposed to prepare these sort of presentations about ourselves or something to do after we ate. And again, for another big surprise I didn't prepare one. But it was okay cause the finnish girl didn't either. (Sorry I have to keep referring to her as that cause I don't know how to spell or pronounce her name!) So we decided to sneak out through the pasture and go to town for some food and to go shopping! So we went and had some pizza and tried to go shopping but we got kicked out of the store cause it was closing time. So we went home and made plans to go back at 10 Saturday morning since we were supposed to leave for the excursion to the dairy farm at 1. We went to town and walked around looking for the bike shop for like 2 hours and couldn't find it anywhere so we decided to go back home. We then met at 1 for the farm but since we had sneaked out of the BBQ early we didn't know that the actual leaving time was 12! This morning I had my first class...debating...but guess what? I already dropped it..hah! After sitting in it for 2 Â½ hours today I realized that it's the same as public speaking at OU which I've already had. So my schedule through the middle of November will be free Monday's! Intercultural Communication from 3 to 4:40 on Tuesdays. Our House In The Middle of the Street (Yes that's the class name!!) from 9:20 to 11:20 on Wednesdays. Dutch Language from 10:30 to 12:10 on Thursdays. And, Dutch Multicultural Society from 12:10 to 1:50 on Fridays. Then in period 2 which is November and December I'll have just 2 classes. Between Cultures and Current Changes and Developments in Advertising. Should be a pretty simple semester I think. After that I went to town and finally found the bike shop and bought a used bike for 65 euros...that's the cheapest I could find! I then went back to the supermarket for some more groceries. I put all my groceries in my backpack got on my bike and started going. Well, the seat is a little high so I was trying to get all balanced and as I was riding through one of the busy roundabouts my stinking flip flop FELL OFF!! So I had to turn around like an idiot and go get it obviously. Everyone was staring at me like what sort of fool rides a bike in August in the Netherlands in flip flops. So anyway my first stop tomorrow is for some tennis shoes that I can tightly tie!