– 3rd of december, thursday – I decided to leave my English class early, so I could celebrate Sinterklaas with the Dutch students. I was helping a friend all semester with her internship in which she taught Dutch conversation classes to British students. My task was basically to engage with the students and talk with them. We drank some mulled wine, listened to typical songs and they wrote poems for the students – so nice.
– 5th of december, saturday – I went to the airport of Manchester with five friends, because we were going to spend the weekend in Dublin. We already saw that the flight before and after ours was cancelled, but for some reason we were going to fly. Once in the air, about halfway, the pilot told us we weren’t going to Dublin but to Shannon. Shannon? Yes, that’s on the complete other side of Ireland. One friend was listening to music and missed all the commotion, so it was quite funny when she realized we were in a different airport. Our bus to take us to Dublin didn’t arrive for hours and we ended up arriving in the middle of the night. We were super tired and took a taxi to the hostel, tying to get at least a little sleep. We were a bit sad to have our first night in Dublin ruined by the storm. Read more »
After weeks of doubting whether it was a good idea in light of covid, we finally got on the plane to Spain on the 17th of August. We changed our flight to avoid travelling through the more risky area of Barcelona. We traded four days in Spain for the comfort of a direct flight and a weekend on a dirty boat in Amsterdam. Not so bad, and we still had two lovely weeks at the coast. I’ll take you along on the adventure, except for the four days I spent in Santiago de Compostela – they’ll be in a next post. Read more »
– 1st of november, sunday – The month started with a huge hangover, caused by a super fun Halloween party the night before. I didn’t manage to drag myself out of the house until two in the afternoon to go for a walk with my parents, who were visiting me.
– 2nd of november, monday – My parents left in the early afternoon, so my British university life went back to normal. One of my roommates had her birthday, so we decided to surprise her with a dinner in a pub and a quiz. We had a lot of fun! Read more »
– progress of month no. 12 – This month, in day zero project terms, has been strange. I spent the first half travelling to Amsterdam and Spain, the second half in quarantine at home. I thought I would’ve checked some things off the list during my vacation, but it turned out slightly disappointing. (Not the vacation, the amount of checked off goals!) But hey, I’m twelve months into the project, the first year is over already. Read more »
And breathe… That’s exactly what my boyfriend and I thought when we arrived on the ‘dirty boat’ in Amsterdam. The entrance door was wide open, there was no employee to be spotted and our keys were laying at the bar. At this point we were still excited about the boat and the room, which quickly changed when we actually entered the room. Not only was it hotter than a sauna, it also seemed like nobody had bothered to vacuum clean in the last month. We went for a walk, both slightly disturbed by our room on the boat. “Do you think there will be an employee once we return to talk to?” Spoiler: no there wasn’t. “Do you think we can find a vacuum cleaner?” Spoiler: no we couldn’t. Once we returned from our walk, we cleaned the room as well as we could by getting a little creative with lots of toilet paper, water and hand soap. Now it was okay, the room was okay. Read more »
Blog by Linda
Blog by Linda is the creative space of a Dutch girl who moved to Spain and tries to figure out her new life here. Thoughts and adventures from the perspective of a true #couchpotato.