Thursday, December 2, 2010
Today's will be a short one - just a couple quick things to share.
First: Biking on ice.
Biking on ice and seeing people bike on ice is absolutely hilarious. I think that Icebiking should be the extreme sport of the netherlands. Picture it, if you will; 25 children all wrapped up in scarves and hats and mittens, biking very slowly to school in one big group. They've all got road bikes, the ones with the skinny little tires and not much grip. The first kid falls down.
Haha that happened on the way to school today, and even though everyone was moving really slowly, no one could stay upright! It was a slow motion pileup.
First kid: Ohh nooooooooooooo....... bonk
Second kid: oh NOOOOOOO bonk bonk
Third to 24th kids: AUUUUUUUGGGGGHH bonk bonk bonk bonk bonk bonk bonk bonk bonk skiiiid.
the very last kid saw the pileup, and tried to go around it, but his vision was impaired by all the scarves he was wearing and he biked straight into a streetlight.
If that's not a good way to start the morning, I don't know what is! I'm still laughing even just writing it down.
In other news, I got accepted to college today!! YAY! When I was a little kid, I used to think about where and who I'd be the day i'd get the letter saying whether I got in to college or not. I tried to picture what my life would look like when I was that (gasp!) old! It seems crazy to me that I'm not home to open it - who've thought I'd be off on an adventure?
:D 'till later!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
More stories from November! Somewhere in the first little bit of November, my last host mother took me and my friend Cindy to "de Eftelling", a dutch fairytale park that is essentially dutch Disney Land. Ohmygoodnesssomuchfun! Really, it was amazing! We skipped a day of school together, so there were not many people at the park, and none of the rides had line ups. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeee! There were so many cool things there - if you're ever in Holland and have an extra day to fill, go to de Eftelling!
And here's a kind of fantastic picture from one of the more modern museums we visited in Den Haag.
And also in Den Haag, I got to watch the Sinterklaas parade where Sinterklaas and all his Zwarte Piets come in from the harbor to get ready for Dec. 5th. Sooo cool! And that same day we all walked down on the beach and on this big boardwalk thing that came out of the beach and over the ocean... great day!
I really should've used tumblr for this blog instead of blogspot. Putting pictures on here just took me an hour. Haha enjoy them!
P.s. I did my rotary presentation today! All in dutch, I was so happy that I made it through without choking on a scary "Gkh" or an equally scary "ij" sound. I love rotarians, I got the funniest questions afterwards. My personal favorites? (I was displaying a map of Canada at the time) "Can you show me on the map where that Sarah Palin lady in your government is from?" and.. well this one requires a bit of explaining. Every week there is a wine lottery at my rotary club, where one member brings a bottle of wine and everyone who wants to buys a lottery ticket for one or two euro and then someone wins at the end of the night. Because I was doing my presentation tonight, I arranged to bring a bottle of Maple Syrup for the lottery. I explained what it was, and then I gave it to a very bemused winner, who after several minutes of closely inspecting the bottle asked me "What is the alcohol content of this?Is it seriously 100%?"
Nope. That sticker says 100% Maple Syrup. No alcohol... sorry.
Rotary meetings are so much fun!
I'll write about Decembery things as they happen!