Yesterday Josefine finally came back to Amsterdam from her vacation and of course I had to see her asap. I don't know what I'm going to do when this girl moves away from Amsterdam. We always have so much fun together. We spent the evening catching up (you all know that feeling when you haven't seen your bestie for long and it feels like there's a million things to tell), drinking wine and eating sushi. Later at night we took a cab to Leidseplein and met up with some friends from school in De Kleine. That place is so shit but somehow it's always a good time. Was such a great evening. Today I haven't had any school, so I've been studying and taking it easy. Had dinner at a friend's house which was super nice. That's pretty much it. I feel like I might be getting a cold so we'll see if I go to class tomorrow or take the time to sleep out, my body is really craving a long good night's sleep.
I had such a great weekend in so many ways. On Friday we went on a boat trip through the canals with all the new students. We had an open bar and music playing and the atmosphere was just great. I'm super happy I signed up to be a buddy because I've gotten to know so many great new people. After the boat we had some beers and snacks at Waterkant before going back to school. I was planning on going out but ended up too tired and making eggs and bacon in the kitchen with a friend instead.
On Saturday I tried to get some studying done but I was so unproductive the whole day. In the evening I went with a new girl in school to Foodhallen. We had burgers from The Butcher (they are AMAZING) and Gin Tonics and enjoyed the great atmosphere. Later I went for a drink with a guy but that was over quick haha, so I was back in school quite early and again planned to go out but ended up too tired and decided to get a proper night's sleep instead.
Sunday we don't really have to talk about because I sat 8 hours in school studying. In the evening I had a glass of wine at Frits with a couple of friends but went home early to get my beautysleep. And that was my weekend, pretty great!
Finally weekend guys! I'm going to spend a lot of it studying, but hey, weekend! Tonight I will be cruising down the canals of Amsterdam drinking beer and blasting music with new friends. I am beyond excited. Tomorrow, except for the studying, I am going to a friend's to check out her new place and chill, plus I have a date. Sunday is dedicated to studying, studying, studying and going to the city quickly to get some stuff I need for school and my room. Despite that I have a lot to do for school I am looking forward to a great weekend. I need it so bad, this past weekend I had activites every single second and I barely had time to sit down for a second so god knows I need this one. Wish you all a fabulous Friday!
The last few days have been great! I signed up to be part of a buddy program for new students and this past Saturday they arrived. I helped out all day with checking them in and showing them their rooms before we all had dinner together in the evening. We also had a great night out in the city. Sunday was quite tough getting out of bed but somehow I managed and spent the day helping out the new students. In the evening the student association threw a party for them and it led to another great night. On Monday I started classes again and two new courses. It's supposed to be the toughest block of the first year so wish me good luck with that one. I also went kickboxing for the first time in ages today which was SO MUCH FUN. My body is so sore today but I am so happy I finally did it. Me and a friend are going to sign up for a membership and hopefully we can make it a regular thing! Other than that, not much new going on. It has been so cold here the last few days and actually properly snowing. But today the sun is finally shining, it's 10 degrees outside and the snow is almost completely melted. It feels like spring and spring makes me happy. And tonight is soos night and super I'm excited! I've been feeling a bit down lately but today I'm having one of those days when everything just feels right.
Hopefully the sun is here to stay and we won't have to see the school like this for another year.
I've become way too lazy with this blogging thing but the last weeks of practicals have just sucked all of the energy out of me. Most of the students have a one week of vacation right now but I have some catch up shifts to do so I've been working the whole week. Monday I did housekeeping but the rest of the week has been kitchen. We just have to prep breakfast and sanwiches and soup for lunch, so it's not hard work but the days are kind of slow and start way too early. 6:45 am is an inhumane time to start work if you ask me. Yesterday I came back to my room after shift, laid down on my bed and fell asleep for four and a half hours. That's how exhausted I am. But, tomorrow is my last shift for a while and next week I start with normal classes again. It's going to be quite nice having normal school schedule again, but I am going to miss not having homework and exams to stress about. I do feel really motivated to get started though! But first, weekend. The new students starting next week are moving in on Saturday and I was chosen to be a buddy, so I'm helping them move in and on Sunday I'm pretty sure there will be activities with the student association. Will be fun! Tonight I'm going to watch a movie with a friend and go to bed super early so I survive my last 6:45 shift. This was kind of a messy post I know, but I dont do much more than go to shift and sleep right now... But that's over soon! Anyway, here's some pictures from the last few days to make it a little less boring.
So last weekend Josefine tried to bleach my hair and it turned out like you can see above. Kind of yellow and orange with dark spots. I should've learnt not to do it myself after my attempt in my teenage years but I guess not. But now I have finally been to the hairdresser and fixed it and I love the result! It's kind of an ash blonde with hints of grey. Feels so fresh! And definitely better than before, not that that was very hard to beat. What do you guys think?
Today was another day of working in the kitchen! I actually enjoy it, the days go by pretty fast. We had an event and set menu so it was quite easy since we didn't have to have a bunch of different dishes done at the same time.
Before shift Josefine came to school and we ha lunch together in our restaurant. As always it was nice to sit down and have a little chat while enjoying great food. So happy she moved here because I don't know what I would do without her right now. Other than that, not much has happened. I'm gonna get some well needed rest now but first I'm going to finish the last episode of The OA. That series has had me completely glued to my laptop the last few days.
Last week was quite a difficult one. I had some changes that needed to be done and it's all for the better in the long run, but never the less it was difficult. There was just a bit too much to deal with. I dealt with it by keeping busy, spending lots of time with friends and dancing the weekend nights away. That's why it's been quiet here. I thought I should at least give you a little update about it.
At least I had a great weekend! Me and Josefine went to Utrecht so that I could show her around the city. We had some nice dinner and went to all my favorite bars in the evening. It was great to get away from Amsterdam for a bit. On Sunday we decided to try to bleach my hair which did not turn out the way we expected so now I look like a chicken.
This weekend I'm working evening shifts in the kitchen of our restaurant, so I'm sure it will be a fun week. I really enjoy it and times goes by fast since you're busy most of the time. And in the weekend I get to see my parents again! Super excited. Now I need to get some sleep so I survive another busy day tomorrow. Promise I'll try not to take so long again before the next post!
Sororities were always something I just thought about as this thing you see in American movies. I never, and I really mean NEVER, thought I would be in one. When I started Hotelschool and heard there were sororities and fraternities in the school I didn't give it much thought. I have never been much of a girly girl or liked hanging out in big groups of girls (to be honest, I find it a bit intimidating haha) and I just thought it wasn't for me at all. But then I started to get to know some of the girls in Amitera, I went to a promo drink and before I knew it I had been asked to be a pledge. It just kind of happened. The last few months as pledges have been both fun and hell. We went on hazing weekend which was like the worst weekend of my life, we've fought a lot and I have been so frustraded at points and just ready to drop out. But I have also gotten to know so many amazing people. And we've already created some great memories together. This week we finally had our inauguration and became official members of Amitera CCS.
I am so happy I made the decision to join and that I stuck with it even though I didn't always want to. I have not just gained a bunch of amazing friends, but I have become part of this sisterhood. I have a group of girls that I know I can always turn to, that have my back and will support me through anything. I am looking forward to all the laughs and adventures to come with these girls and I am so happy to have this little family and safe place in school and Amsterdam when everything gets a bit too overwhelming. When one of the board members held a speach and said something about all of us pledges, she said that even though I had said that I never thought I'd be a sorority girl, neither of them can imagine this group without me now. In the same way I can't imagine these coming 3.5 years left of school without my AMIs.
The other day me and Paul took the tram to the city and Jordaan area to have some lunch. We went for a little walk looking for a nice place and ended up in a little basement restaurant called brix. I love finding little hidden gems and this was definitely one! I had pulled pork on flatbread and it was absolutely amazing. They also have a few local beers on the menu, so if you like trying that kind of stuff it's a good place to go. The interior is really cool with brick walls and it just has a really chill vibe to it. Would definitely recommend a visit if you're in Amsterdam, great place to sit down for a lunch after some shopping at the nine streets. You can find it on Wolvenstraat 16. Only minus is slow service, the staff is friendly but it took way longer than it should have to get their attention considering it was a bit late for lunch and not busy at all.