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Monday, 12 June 2017

Life Update: Im Back From a Break

Like the title says: I'm back from a break. To be honest, I needed this break so much. And as you might recognise what I did: I kept running around, work, work, and work, never took a break or thought about myself. 

Well, I've come to a point where my mind said: now you stop running and think about yourself. So it shut down, I broke and realised that this way of life wasn't getting me anywhere. I felt tired, confused and went to a doctor. Now I'm in a process of recovery. At first I didn't do anything. I slept, watched movies, and didn’t even upload an Easter blogpost. It was too much. Now I'm not having a burnout. Even though it sounds like it. I've come to realise that I've too many negative thoughts about myself. That I barely got excited for things. So decided to literally stand still. I finished my internship and last school projects. And now after three weeks of doing nothing I decided that I'm going to pick up things that I really liked to do. Because I felt like doing nothing isn't who I am. I'm always doing something. One of those somethings is blogging.

I really want you to understand that I'm going through rough times. I can't promise blogposts every Monday. I've just decided this. And hope that this can be a happy place for me. And that I can slowly keep up with this again. I try to put as less pressure on myself as possible because I freak out very easily when I promise something and can't make it true...

School is something I’m going to worry about next year. School agreed with me that I really need to take care of myself. So I will graduate next year.

Also, next week’s post will be the one of Easter. It's about 40 days without Netflix. A fun post with realizations through the 40 days without...

And after that we will see! I love you all and hope you’re doing fine. Also, I’m a little bit sorry that I didn't tell you this before. But it's just that I’m comfortable saying this now. And that I wasn't ready to tell you this a month ago.

Love you lots!

Xx Rianne

Monday, 27 March 2017

Story Time: My Very First Nail Polish

When I was cleaning out my nail polish collection I found a really old, barely readable, dried out pearly pink nail polish bottle. This – my fellow readers- was my very first nail polish.


Me and my sister did (and still do) a lot together. And when we were younger we decided that we were old enough to buy our very first nail polish. We always had to ask for our mothers nail polish and we decided that we needed our own stash. So we went to 'De Kruidvat' (something like Boots) and tested several colours. We wanted a colour that was neutral, that could fit many outfits and didn’t stand out too much. And so we decided to buy this beauty...

Neither of us worked yet and we only got some pocket money. So we split te price. We probably had to pay something like 1,50 each. But it was a sacrifise. 1,5 week helping my mum with cleaning out the dishwasher and setting the table.. I mean, that’s a lot of work when you’re younger! ;)
But I remember how cool I felt when I bought this bottle. I was so proud! And when we got home we both polished our nails. It was sugary pearly pink and we did our best to polish our nails as neat as possible. 


And that was the start of my nail polish collection. At this moment I’m not allowed to wear nail polish at work, so I barely polish my nails anymore. But I’m still so proud about this moment and I will never throw away this pink dried out bottle of nail polish. I’ve thrown many bottles away but this one is very special to me.

Sadly I haven’t noted this moment in my diary.. At least, I couldn’t find it in all the stories that are written in there. But I think it was at least 10 years ago. When we just moved from Monster (yes, that’s a real place in The Netherlands) to Noord-Scharwoude. I think it could be possible that it was the same year that I secretly wore mascara to school and that my mom found out during lunch. She made me wash it off because I was too young for make up! So I must be around the age of 10 or 11! (By the way, I took my sisters mascara because I, of course, didn’t own one myself...)

So this is my memorie of my very first beauty product bought by myself -and sister-. Do you remember what beauty product you bought? Let me know in the comments below!

Xx Rianne

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Monday, 20 March 2017

Book Review: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Since forever I got time to read. Sometimes I think it’s hard to sit yourself down and read. And the past half year, I haven’t been reading much. So now my internship has started I’ve to travel by train for an hour. Sometimes I prepare the day or do some last tasks on the way but most of the time I get my book out of my bag and read!

 

And the latest book I read was Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleaves. I bought it when I was at Dublin Airport waiting 5 hours for my next flight home from the US. I saw a bookstand which was almost completely sold out. Only this one book was left. And I thought, if so many people buy this book, than I should be buying it too. And I understand why so many people bought this book.

This book is about the start of the second world war in Britain, London. It’s about a few characters: Mary, Alistair and Tom. You get to know them. You start to love them. Mary and Tom live in London and Alistair, Tom's friend is, off to war. And these storylines connect to each other. And to read how people lost their loved ones, what damage the war did to them... It was scary. I’ve always been interested in stories about the war. I’ve been to a camp in Mauthausen, I’ve done a few research projects about the war. But everytime, it hits me harder. The older I get the more I realise how awful the war really was. And this book... it got me in tears.

It was painful to read some scenes. At one moment I was in the train, reading about a lovely part when Alistair sends a letter home from the front. And then litteraly in less than 5 sentences you feel so helpless you want to throw the book against wall because the plane crashes and kills people and all the letters written by soldiers never received home and drowned into the ocean. Leaving so many people at home wondering if their husband, brother or son is still alive…  
I was in the train so I couldn’t throw my book. But I really had to put the book down for a second, took a deep breath and then I continued reading. And this is nothing like the other stuff happening in the book. But I don’t want to spoil things, but much worse scenes are written and make you feel hopeless! One time I cried, one time I felt the pain, one time I wanted to scream, one time I just wanted to stop reading and forget that the war has happened. (But we must never forget what happened) It was sometimes so painful to read. Chris Cleaves inspired the story on his grandparents. Which makes it more realistic.

What I learned from this book

I’m living in free country and have lived in peace for almost 21 years! I’ve never seen war… and this book, this one got me. It made me realise even more how bad the war has been. How many people died for our freedom. I swear, this book makes an impression on you. and it made me realize how lucky we are that we get to grow up in peace. and that we must contain peace and help others to live in peace.

That's why you should read it!


Monday, 13 March 2017

10 Tips to Survive an Internship

At the moment I’m half way trough my internship. And here is what I learned so far.



1. Don’t be late. And make sure that if you are late, that you can call someone to tell them that you’re late. It’s not bad when it’s five minutes, I mean, we all have traffic troubles... But when you slept through your alarm, be brave, call them and explain what happened, that you are on your way right now and that you are later than usual. Don’t do this too often…

2. Be prepared. This sounds like I’m captain obvious. But being prepared is much more than having a pen and paper with you and have watched the programm or read the paper or whatever you can do to prepare. I mean with this one: know what you want to learn, prepare for that question. I wasn’t prepared for the question what I specifically wanted to learn and at that moment I felt pretty stupid and we couldn’t really get stared.

3. Do not procrastinate work out of fear. No matter how shy you are. Just do it. Call that person, just pick up the phone and do it. Go to the desk of colleagues and ask for the you need.. The longer you procrastinate what you should be doing, the more you get delayed in your process and it will look like you don’t want to work for the company it gives a bad impression. It’s hard, I know.

4. Dare to make mistakes. I’m very frightened of this one. I swear, I’m afraid to fail. I’m afraid I do something wrong and ruin the working process. But this is the exact reason why you are there. You are having this internship so you can learn. And learning is a process of trail and error. Try not to make the same mistake twice. But it’s very logical that you do things wrong the first time you do it. So don’t be scared. Do it, learn from it and do it better.

5. Be honest. This is very important. If you’re not being honest about how you're doing, about how things are going then how are they going to know that you are having a hard time or that you can’t figure something out by yourself? Tell them. I haven’t always been very honest and then you feel pretty stupid when you do something wrong, while you could ask and do it better without failing.  I mean, is it that hard to ask for help when you must do something you’ve never done? I don’t think so… but you’re mind is a trickster. Just ask and they are willing to help. Just be honest about what you know and don’t know.

6. Don’t wait untill work comes to you. In my first internship last year, after I asked for more work a few times and when I heard that there was not much to do I stopped asking. And the result of that was that I didn’t do enough work according to them. I wasn’t asking enough for more work. So I got it in my own face again and got myself in trouble because I stopped asking for some other work to do when I was done.

7. Know that this is going to be a hard time. Going from school suddenly into the adult life of fulltime working is hard. Especially since you are still learning and they expect from you to know everything. First of all, tell them as soon as you notice that they think you know everything. Because that is not true. You are a student and you are there to learn. But it’s just hard. For some people it is harder to adjust than others and not every internship is awesome. So it’s okay to have a hard time, to cry (do it at home, I cried in front of 4! People, I was embarressed) But it’s not always going to be easy. You are going to be dead tired at the end of the day, you are going to feel like you can’t do this when your half way through and everything is so overwhelming. But in the end you'll learn so much that it's totally worth it.


8. Don’t let them make a slave of you. You’re here to learn and work. Not work like a maniac and still let them treat you like you’re nothing. And expecially: you’re not the coffee (wo)men. It is okay to get them some coffee once in while. That's just being friendly to your colleagues. But when it’s part of your job, doing the coffee every hour, then something is terribly wrong with the place you are having your internship at. Tell this to your coordinator. Say something like: I feel like I can’t reach the goals we’ve set for this internship. Could you help me with reaching my goals? If that doesn’t work, tell your teacher that you learn more about the different coffee machines on different floors in the company than that you learn about company. The teacher will reach out and help.

9. Never introduce yourself as an intern. Only when it is necessary to say, say you’re an intern. But otherwise. You are an employee and you work for that company. You are fully capable of functioning on your own. People always think lower of interns. Don’t lie about it. But don’t make yourself look less worthy while you are working just as hard as any other employee there.

10. Make sure to plan a progress talk every week while you're at your internship. A little talk every week keeps you and your internship coordinator up to date about your work, what is hard for you, what you should work on. It makes things clear for you and your coordinator and so you can't have any miscommunication. And if there is, it can be solved quickly. If you don't talk once in two weeks there is change that you or him/her have a misunderstanding which can cause a big problem for you to bring your internship to a good end.


Extra: Bring cake. At the moment cake is very important at my internship here. For fun it’s a rule that interns bring cake on their first day. So I baked cupcakes and brought them here. And in a few weeks it’s my birthday so I’ll bring cake again. Last year, every intern that left had to bring cake. So if you want to make a good first of good last impression. Bring cake ;)
> only when you know it is their kind of humor. Other wise they’ll think that you are trying to trick them into liking you for bringing cake and getting a better grade when you leave. So watch out for miscommunication!

I hoped this helped you! And if you have more tips for going surviving an internship than let me know in the comments below.

Xx Rianne

Monday, 6 March 2017

USA Photo Diary

I wanted to write blogposts everyday when I was in the USA but I couldn’t do it because of a massive jetlag and lack of time and the days were full of activities. 

Standing on a frozen lake!



The steps of making a snowangel






Griffins Game



Sand and Snow




Chicago Bean

Willis Tower


But I still wanted to post some of my favourite photos of the trip. And now it’s still winter, so I can post snowy pictures. And pictures of ice and wintercoats!
This trip was a trip that I will never forget. The fact that it’s still fresh in my mind when I’ve already been home for 2 months says how full I am about trip. Also, I’m still posting pics on my instagram about it. And I don’t care. It’s about dreaming. Going through these photos is like relieving the memories. Also, I’ve been writing in a travel diary. And that thing is most dearest to me. Everyday I sat down to write in it and to put bills, polaroids, tickets, little details that could easily be forgotten...  It’s all in there! Look how it looks like:


Isn’t that the most precious thing? I love how it looks. Completely filled and not being able to close normally.

But now I thought, since it’s been two months… I should post the photo’s before it really is to late for snow pictures. I mean, it March! (Summer is on the way! YAY!)

Xx Rianne

Friday, 3 March 2017

Movie Review: Demain Tout Commence (An Emotional Rollercoaster)

Wanna go an emotional rollercoaster movie? Then I think demain tout commence is the perfect film.


Two weeks ago my friend called me and said: let’s go to the cinema. And I never say no. (she nows that!) so we went looking and we had this little problem. Not many movies were in the cinema that we actually liked. I mean, we’re dying to see Beauty and the Beast but that movie releases March 27th here in the Netherlands.

But we went looking and we decided to go to Demain Tout Commence. A french movie. We knew the leading actor. He’s very good in Intouchable. A lovely movie that you really have to see!

So we went and we had no idea what to expect. Of course we read a little summary. And when the  movie started it was like a dream. The story was beautiful.
The story is about a guy that suddenly gets his child pushed in his arms and the girl who is the mom runs of leaving the two behind. Samuel is going to try and find who the mother is of the little baby Gloria because he is not ready to raise a child.

He goes to London because he recognised something from the moms facebook picture. Lots of funny situations further Samuel decides to take a job as a stuntman in London and he’s going to raise his daughter. And then you get to see Gloria growing up in timelaps. So much joy!

And then the story continues when Gloria has to go to school but never attends. Samuel takes her with him to the moviesets because he doesn’t speak English and his daughter speaks French and English and works as a translater for him.

Then the mother comes back and takes Samuel to court because she also wants to be a mum to Gloria. The fights about the child, the child that doesn’t understand. It gives lots of wonderful moments of joy but also lots of moment where I was quickly wiping away tears from the corner of my eye because of the pain the father is put through, how painful life can be.

And than the end. The whole movie you wonder why Gloria has such an awesome room. She has a slide down to the livingroom. A wall full of lego made in a worldmap, a little door in which she enters the house. I mean, I dreamt as little kid of a room like that! Samuel is making Gloria live the childrens dreamlife. Lots of fun, no restrictions and barely school. But in the end you understand why. I’m not going to tell you what it is. But this was one of the biggest plot twists in movies I had ever seen that made me cry.

When the movie was over, I looked at my friend, she looked at me and then we both looked away because we were both crying. We just wanted to know if the other one was crying too.

Really this movie is a very good one. Like I said, an emotional rollercoaster because it has humor, fun, pain, family and reality in it!
Go and see it for yourself!


Xx Rianne

Monday, 27 February 2017

Movie Review: La La Land

When I was Chicago, I couldn’t not go to the movies. I knew Chicago is a city where lots of filming has happened over the past few years. So, being a movie addict I went to the cinema with Margreeth and Sanne. And there was one movie that just premiered and we had to go.


So after some research in a hamburger place, where I ate a huge hamburger we went to an AMC Theater. I was so excited to see this movie. And this movie didn’t disapoint me at all. I had heard good things and you should have seen me coming out of that theatre! I was even more excited than I was before I saw the movie!

I mean, the opening was gold. It was a sort of lipdub, everything was timed perfectly and the song was catchy and the colours were perfect.
And then the story came, fun to watch and it wasns’t hard to understand what the movie is about. So easy to watch and to understand. 

It was a little harder to understand though because we always have subtitles. But still, the story is about two people that have dreams and feel like they can’t make it true. They help each other and  it had an unexpected ending. But it was good acting from Ryan and Emma. I do love these two actors btw!
And the techniques where wonderful. The soft cuts between the scenes, the lightning was perfectly used to create the right feelings at the right moments and the colours were very sweet and pastel. So the whole movie was suggary sweet but that was all what we needed on a girls night out in Chicago.

We all enjoyed the movie and I still love the idea that I went to a cinema outside The Netherlands. I never thought, when I in de US that there would be someone to come with me to the cinema but Sanne and Margreeth were into it. So I know I haven’t thanked them, but they made the trip perfect for me ;) I also strongly recommend this movie. Just because it’s a fun to watch and not hard to understan. This movie was one big entertainment for me. So I truly hope it will be the same for you guys!

Also last night La La Land won an oscar for Best Director,, Best Score, Best song (City of Stars), best cinematographer, best production design and Emma Stone won Best Leading Actress!
Well that is a load of Oscars and I think La La Land deserves it because I loved the movie so much.

Xx Rianne

By the way sorry for this very late review. I totally forgot I had written this one, so that's the reason why this one is posted so late.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Life update: To Break or Not To Break

This title has two meanings. When I returned from the USA I thought that I needed and wanted a break from blogging. I messed up lots of deadlines and I have been working till midnight to get all the work done. And this time, I didn’t finish it all on time. I missed like 3 or 4 deadlines and I had a very important test to make. So there was literally no time for blogging at all. I’ve been exhausting myself these past few weeks and worked really hard.


Also, I started my last internship this February. I am working for a TV program which is a big change. Normally I’m writing but I decided that I wanted to learn something completely new. So I went to ‘the other side’ of journalism and choose a TV internship. And to tell you the truth: it is difficult. I expected it to be difficult but not this difficult. So after three days of new impressions, lots of information and a training in human interest interviews I broke. I cried at my internship in front of 4 (!) people. How embarrassing… 

I’m telling you this because I believe that I shouldn’t be telling you how happy I am that have this great internship and that I’m doing perfectly fine. I truly am happy, but this internship is going to be a tough one for me. And I think that lots of people have hard times at their internship. They’ll learn a lot but at some point we all cry because it’s too overwhelming right?! So why should I lie about my struggles? I know I am going to learn a lot, but it’s going to be hard. So to make life more relatable for you guys, I’m telling you that I cried, that I’m tired every evening and that I can hardly wake up in the morning because I’m still tired from the struggles of the day before. But that I'll survive. And for anyone who is going through an internship at the moment: we can do this!!!!

And that’s also why I’m not going to promise any more scheduled blogposts for the upcoming months. I do promise a lot and failed and disappointed you and disappointed myself. And that’s not what we need right now. At first I was like, should I take a break and tell you guys about it? But I don’t want to take a break. Because when I feel like I should write I want to be able to write. And if I take a serious break from here, I can’t just upload if I feel like I should write something ;)
So keep an eye on here. I am going to TRY to write blogposts every Monday from now on. But if there’s not a blogpost, you know I’ll have a mental breakdown, or that I’m just trying to catch some extra sleep hours because I am having an exhausting but very interesting internship!

Xx

Rianne

Btw: At the moment I've lots of blogposts idea's popping up in my head, so that's a really good thing! ;)

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

What I learned about America and the Americans

I’m home again! I wasn’t completely over the jetlag I had there so I’m even more tired. But that’s okay. It was all worth it. I had an amazing time, met wonderful woman and man and all of them had wonderful views for the future. (That was one of my hypotheses, the homework.) I had good conversations with everyone and got to know the culture much better. That was part of the trip. So here I’m going to list some things I learned about America and the Americans. 

Do you know to which pixel you should look? I don't, but Ben and Emily were Margit and mine host family on sunday
I do understand why Americans hate tax so much. In our country, when we buy something, tax is calculated in the price. We know it’s there but it’s not visible. When something costs €4,- it is €4,-. In America when something is €4,- I think, oh nice, just 4 dollars and then I want to pay and then it turns out that it’s more money because I get tax on it. They fake you with a cheap prices and then you get the tax. That made me hate the tax too. Because it was visible. For us, here it’s not. Which is easier shopping and less anger while shopping!! ;)

Also, American students are wonderful creatures. Everybody I talked to was hard working and not lazy. They wanted to get the best grades they could. They did more than they had to do. And did lots of other stuff besides their study to get extra credits or just so they could prepare better for the future. They are helping with so much extra school stuff.
We don’t have that. We have to study and we’re happy when we pass a test. No matter what grade we get. Passed is passed. The grade doesn’t matter. We think like this: when we pass a test higher than a 6, then we did too much work. Over there only an A or B is good. Here is a 6 okay and if you get higher grades you're showing off. I wish I was more like Americans at this point. (I immediatly make  a promise to myself to work harder and not being so lazy.) 

Making a snow angel at Meijer Gardens
The other thing I learned is how nice they are. Americans are people that immediately are your best friends and they are so polite. In a restaurant, we messed up the money. So we first sent her away telling her we were fine when she offered her help, then we weren’t fine and we did need her help.(Because paying a bill is sooo difficult -.-) So we had to ask for her help we just declined 10 seconds ago. And she was so nice. It was no problem, she was happy she could help us. I mean, if we do this in The Netherlands the waitress would have been VERY annoyed. Also, I was 15 or 20 minutes late for an interview. I was still working on the other interviews and time got ahead of me. And he was acting like it was no problem I wasted his time... I was so late and I hate being late and I apologized and he was okay with it. He didn’t show any annoyance by my lateness. Americans just don't show they are annoyed with you.

And the language. When we sometimes lost the words, they were waiting patiently when we were discussing in Dutch what word we were looking for. They just stood there hearing us blabbing Dutch to each other and then hearing us describing words to them when nobody knew the word. And they just we’re ALL so nice and understanding. Even when we messed up words and stuff like that.


Sharon, me, Anna
I’ve learned much more but I’m not going to write it all down. That would be pretty boring I guess. But I learned about politics, the American Dream, school pressure and I learned to understand a little bit better that you own weapons to protect yourself and for hunting. I've talked to lots of people about it because it was part of my homework, so I heard different opinions about it and it really helped me understanding. It’s just a big difference between cultures. But I do understand it a little better now.

Sanne, me, Jessie, Margreeth
And there was one special American, my roomie Anna. Anna shared her room with me and Sharon which was very kind of her. And we had a lovely time together. The painting with a personal story special written for me was so kind of her to give!! And even though we were gone often on trips to gardens, museums, business stuff, radio stations or whatever we were visiting she was always very kind and helpfu as soon as we got home. I had dinner with her and friends and we went to a cute little coffee shop in Grand Rapids which I never would have found on my own. It's fun to see some local stuff instead of all the big high lights of a city. Thanks Anna!!
  Also, Jessie, if you read this: Thank you so much for the bracelet with cute letter. Thank you both for being such loving and kind people. I’m glad I had the chance to get to know you both. And of course everyone else I’ve talked to and had lots of fun with. I love you with my whole heart and hope we’ll ever meet again. How unlikely it may seem right now!

Xx Rianne







Ps: I haven’t been blogging as much as I hoped to do in America. I thought I would be blogging every day. But every day was full of tours, visits and lovely Americans to become friends with. So every free minute I spent with my new friends! (Or I did homework, there was lots to do) No time for blogging. So I’m going to make it up by still writing posts. In one post will be two days just like the first four days. Because I promised to blog about the days. So I have to do it one way or another.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

USA Day 3 & 4: My Very First Mac 'n Cheese, Museums and Detroit

 So yesterday was really cold! It was -11 and snowing. But we went to Our Daily Bread, a publisher and it was very interesting there. It's a big company that publishes Christian books and all and also have a tv and radio station. That was, for me as journalism student, really cool to see.



Then we had lunch and during lunch I became homesick. I felt a bit lonely then and I just started to cry when I called my mom. But I've told people about it and now they know and they are helping me. In the afternoon we went to WoodTV. They were going to film a program with us, and they asked for volunteers to walk on snowshoes. I don't have a photo but I'm going to screenshot as soon as I've seen the footage. It was really cool to test those shoes. I felt like bigfoot because of the traces it left behind. It was wonderful to find out that with those shoes on walking in the snow is not slippery at all. So this was a cool experience. Then we went home to the campus and we had game night. We played all kind of Dutch games which was fun.


And today it was even colder. It was -14!!!! Crazy! But we went to Detroit. So we had to get up early to get there in time for our tour around Ford Museum and Factory. So while on the road we talked a lot with one of the professors who used to live in Detroit and he told us everything about the history. When we arrived we went to the production area first and to see how those pick-up trucks are made was really impressive. Then we went to see all sorts of Ford cars and we learned about the history of Henry Ford and I say it again: I’m impressed! 



Then we went for lunch and I had for the first time in my life Mac ’n cheese and this was delicious. at first I thought it would be just lots of cheese but it wasn’t and it was soo good! Now I understand why you Americans are always talking about how good mac ‘n cheese is! ;)


Then we went into Ford museum which was so cool! I love old cars and that museum was full of it. everywhere I looked I saw beautiful cars and also the president cars and the car from John F. Kennedy when he was shot. Not that that is cool but it’s part of the history. And Fords museum is not just cars. There was also lots of information about the separation of black and white people. The bus from Rosa Parks, but there we’re also big doll houses which we’re so beautiful that I got jealous that the museum has those big houses!





Then we went for a ride through Detroit to see what the economic crisis did to the city. And I was shocked. How can this happen to such a beautiful city? All the houses I saw were damaged and empty and ruined. But the houses once looked beautiful and I was so sad that this happened and I truly hope that once Detroit can become a glorious city again.


Sorry for the blur. We were driving by and weren't allowed to get out of the car...

Artist made something happy out of something sad
Then we went to chipotle to eat something and I had a burrito!!! The photo below says enough and I couldn’t eat it all but it tastes soooo good!

Sorry for the typo :(
Now I’m going to sleep. I’m still tired and I think it’s a jetlag but I don’t really know because I never had a jetlag before. It’s just that I always wake up at 3 AM and that I feel wide awake. Then I go and take a walk to the bathroom and go back and try to sleep again. So good night everyone and I’ll see you soon! Tomorrow we’re going to a Griffins game and that’s something I’m also really excited about!

Goodnight!

Xx Rianne



Thursday, 5 January 2017

USA Day 1 & 2: Travels and First Impressions

So I finally got time to get my laptop and sit down for a second to update you and tell you about day 1 and 2. After more than 24 hours of travelling and waiting, I finally arrived yesterday in Grand Rapids at Cornerstone University. The flight was fine and I travelled with 6 others girls who are also in this minor from our school and we had a good time together. There is not much to say about yesterday. It was just traveling and we arrived here when it was dark so I just didn’t see much of the university campus. Also, I was so tired. I really wasn’t paying attention to everything.


And then this morning I woke up, still a bit tired and confused because we went 7 hours back in time but I slept very well. And then I had to get dressed and I sleep in a dorm room. This is my very first time in a dorm room. It’s just new. I am a student for four years but I’ve never seen something like this. We do have a campus but there we don’t have halls with sleeping rooms for girls only. And a lavatory that all girls uses. My very first thought of the lavatory was that it looked like a camping bathroom. The toilets and showers and stuff. I could only compare it with camping’s I’ve been to.  But our campus is mixed with boys and girls in houses. We have buildings in which you own a room and you share only with 3 others the shower and the kitchen and the living room. Here is not something like that. There is no kitchen! Everybody buys their meals every day and not cooking it because simply they can’t. But there is some sort of common room but I haven’t been there yet. 

This had me thinking of: WHAT TEAM? WILDCATS!



We also went to Gerald R. Ford museum. Which was a cool museum because you could weigh yourself and find out what your Moon Weigh would be. That was cool! We also when to Meijer. A massive shopping centre where you can buy food and bullets (!) like it’s no big deal. Buy food and if you need some more bullets you can get them there too. For me, that’s unbelievable. Food is good, bullets are killing and you can buy them in the same store. But apparently here you can.


And this picture above is crazy! This is a piece of the German Wall. It's the first time I see a piece of this wall. And it's in the USA. Not even Germany. And the Germans are my neighbors and right now I'm so far awar from home...
I'm here for the snow. I haven't seen proper snow in years and you all should know how happy I am that it's snowing here!

Right now, the other Dutch people are with each other in someone’s room. They skipped dinner but my roommate, (? is that the right word?) the girl that shares her dorm room with me and with another Dutch girl, took me to the cafeteria and I sat with her and her friends. I ate some pasta and we chatted about differences and those kind of things and I just really like this time off. Just a little rest and doing nothing but writing a blogpost and writing in my travel diary.

Xx Rianne