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Hey, hey! I’m back and I’m leaving again!

Hello! I’ve been back for over a month now, and – strange as it is – I’m still getting used to something that used to be my life. The study period abroad changed me in so many ways and the life I used to live, and I’m very grateful for that. But I want more, I want it different and I’m desperate to travel.

In a couple of hours I’m leaving for a festival in east Germany. It’s called Melt! Festival and last year was amazing. We were with a group of about 12 friends and even though the weather was terrible (the worst I’ve ever experienced, and hell, I’m from the Netherlands!), my little club of fellow festival lovers made these days unforgettable. Super excited to go again! In less than 24 hours I’ll be dancing on the holy festival ground named Ferropolis.

What I’m also very excited about, is my coming trip to London. From next weeks’ Wednesday to Monday, I’ll be staying at my friends’ place in North/East London. I haven’t made a lot of plans yet, but I’m definitely meeting a friend I met at FDU last semester, and if I’m lucky, I get to go to a We Are Scientists show on. London is gonna be fantastic, can’t wait.

But what I’m most stoked about is my trip to New York in September!! I realised that the people I met made a really big impact on my life and I miss them a lot. There’s just no way of not seeing them for a long time so I decided to live on bread and water the next few months, but this way I’ll be able to see them again, so yay!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Us at our basecamp at Melt last year. See the dark clouds in the back? Clouds, rain, wind, thunder and tornados – 5 days straight! This year we’ll be treated with a shit load of sun fortunately!

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The start of a new adventure

Yes, I am officially enrolled in the spring semester at Fairleigh Dickinson University!

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Let me tell you my plan.

On 20 January 2013 I am flying from Amsterdam to JFK airport and won’t be back until 10 June. I am counting the days and trying to make my last 27 days count. Together with my boyfriend I am throwing a new years eve x goodbye party and invited most of my friends and housemates to see them all together before I leave for the red, white and blue.

I will stay in the Upper West Side for two nights to explore the city everyone talks so greatly about and then move to the campus in Teaneck, NJ. That will be my home for four months and I cannot wait to meet my roommate!

Now why am I going to America? For my studies in the Netherlands I need to do a minor and I have chosen the minor International Exchange. I have always wanted to study abroad. I love travelling and see myself living all over the world, discovering new places and cities. My mum took me on a lot of city trips all over the world and even to a safari in Africa. I am very grateful for the life I have had with her and the opportunity to see the world from a different perspective. In South Africa for example, there is a big gap compared to the life we have in the Netherlands and how very lucky we are with our infrastructure, prosperity and education. People usually forget to be grateful for what they have. But that is the thing, too often we do not realise what we have until it is gone.

Alright, back to education.

From January to May I will be doing the minor Hotel and Restaurant Management at the Metropolitan Campus of FDU. I am not sure about the subjects I will be doing but I am trying to get myself into the Club Management and Public Relations classes. Hopefully it will work out 🙂

Long story short: Flying to NYC on 20 January, going to FDU on 22 January, classes start on 28 January, exams end on 17 May and then.. VACATION.

Happy Christmas everyone x

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