In this age of Netflix, HBO, and other providers of constant entertainment, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the endless options. Here are three of my personal oldies but goldies when it comes to television shows. These are the shows I would turn to if I don’t feel like plunging into yet another new show.
I almost can’t believe it really finally happened, but on 7 June 2019 I tied the knot with my crush and boyfriend of 11 years! After 1,5 years of planning and preparing, we had an absolutely amazing day with our loved ones, friends, family, and other connections that play an important role in our lives.
Three years ago I started working at the university that I obtained my Master’s degree at. I am getting used to saying that now. If you had told me five years ago that I would be doing this job, I would never have believed you. Working in education? Me? Ha!
Yet, I find myself highly enjoying every single day at work, where I coordinate an international Bachelor programme. I interact with students, staff, and many colleagues who come from all corners of the world. I organise all kinds of events and projects both for students and staff, and generally am responsible for making the (organisation of the) academic year run smoothly.
It is truly a very enjoyable environment to be working in: everyone values education, (self-)development, achieving your goals individually and in team work, and preparing yourself for a good future. One of the possible ways to develop yourself and learn, is to visit other universities – see how things are done elsewhere, talk to people, ask questions, and also share with others the best practices that you have encountered. I took the opportunity to do just that, last year in May. Read on if you’re interested! 🙂
A year ago I wrote about my intention to read more books. I am quite proud to say that all the books in the picture I posted back then are crossed off my reading list. I recently bought a new book case and I hardly have any room left already, so it’s safe to say it’s going quite well on the reading front! I do still have to urge myself consciously to really make time to read, and so here’s another post to help motivate myself by setting some goals.
Let me start with a quick note on what I’m currently reading: Michelle Obama’s Becoming. I’m loving it. Really – it’s so intriguing to read how she grew up, and how much she’s accomplished throughout her life. I was very excited about getting to know her through her book, but I do have to say that I was confused a little when I heard that attending her stadium book tour sets people back at least 150 euros. Man. That’s a lot of money to ask from people.
But anyway! I have a new list of books I want to read and a new way to keep myself entertained and educated: I read somewhere that if you want to read more, it can be helpful to pick a general theme. And so I decided to pick out some countries I find interesting – be it as a vacation destination, a culture that is completely different from my own, or a politically interesting country, and buy books based on that.
Oh my God! Today it’s exactly one year until our wedding! From today onwards I allow myself to (slowly) really start organising the big day. We got engaged back in July, on our 9 year anniversary. In the weeks that followed we decided to not rush things, and at some point we concluded that we wanted an early summer wedding. It would be too soon for 2018, therefore we decided to just wait for 2019, allowing us to save some money and take our time. Now that we’re 1 year away from the wedding, I feel like I can start getting my itchy hands dirty 🙂
Until two years ago, I had had exactly one camping experience in my life. It was in high school, when I was 15. We were given the opportunity to sign up for certain destinations, one of which was a surprise destination titled ‘Your Choice’. I can’t recall why exactly why it was called that – as far as I know the students did not really have a say in it. But a big part of the reason why I chose that one was that in previous years they went to pretty cool places. The alternatives were alright, but not too exciting. I believe Friesland was one of them. Which could be fun, but not so much if you know that Your Choice could bring you to, for example, Spain. (And not when you’re 15.)
Anyway, I’m sure you can imagine our joy and happiness when we got the news that Your Choice was going to the South of France and would do a stop in Barcelona somewhere in the middle of the one-week trip. My enthusiasm was slightly set back when I realized that we would be going camping. Sleeping in a tent. And everything. I guess I didn’t worry about it all too much, though. Only when we got there did I really realize that sleeping with three people in a small tent would be a bit uncomfortable.
Please hold my drink while I have my biggest fangirl moment in four years. Watch Jesse McCartney’s new video below and you’ll know what I’m losing my mind about.
August, September and the beginning of October are a crazy time for me, and they have been for the past two years. I work at a university, where the summer months are always very busy. After the hectic (but super fun) Introduction Week early September, the ‘calm’ cannot return until after the event of the year, the Graduation Ceremony, early October. In that period between September and October I can count on not getting sufficient sleep. Things that I still have to do randomly pop up in my dreams, making me wake up very early in the morning and forcing me to get out of bed and get to work.
As you can imagine, once the Graduation Ceremony has ended and I can get back into the normal work routine, I am exhausted. That’s why last year I decided to take a little trip to catch my breath. Be in a different setting for a few days before returning to campus. We wanted something simple, and some place we both never went before. We rarely take the opportunity to be a tourist in our home country, so we decided to go to Friesland from Wednesday until Friday, and then spend the weekend relaxing back home in Rotterdam.
Ah, the International Film Festival Rotterdam. It has something magical to it. The tiger logo is projected everywhere, the beautiful theatres in town catch your attention more than ever, and it’s buzzing with foreign languages even more than usual… When the programme was released, I was a bit overwhelmed by the enormous amount of movies, but determined to make myself a itinerary. I decided to buy a Tiger Discount subscription and go to as many movies as I can. In the end I managed to go to five. Here’s where I went.
I’m not big on resolutions for the new year, but there were two things that crossed my mind when 2018 was approaching fast. First: capture more moments. More about that it a future post. And the second thing: read more books.
Let’s be realistic though – I am not a fast reader. My body has conditioned itself to fall asleep when I read. I generally read before bed, and now my body thinks that whenever I read in a comfortable place (in bed or on the couch, preferably with a blanket), I should become drowsy and sleepy. The consequence is that I can only read for a short amount of time, or I will go into a napping state and not really register what I am reading.