A year and a half in to my Dutch adventure and Amsterdam still has the ability to completely take my breath away. I don't think that this city will ever bore me. I just can not get used to the beauty of it. Christmas times is no exception. The glistening lights reflecting in the canals everywhere makes the city look more like a fairytale than ever. I feel so lucky to have the chance to live here. to have been so lucky to be born with the possibility to travel and choose where to call home. And I am so proud of myself that I had the guts to book that one way ticket here a year and a half ago, and the courage to decide to commit to another four years. But for now I need to stop being all sentimental and get some makeup and clothes on - I'm meeting my friend who is visiting from Ireland for drinks in de Pijp. Have a great Saturday friends!


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This week I have been working in our fine dining restaurant, Le Début. I have actualy really enjoyed it! I have never served before, so I learnt a lot and it was great feeling like I was getting more and more comfortable in the role as the week went by. I think this concept of teaching we have at school is amazing, you learn all the theoreticals, but you also get to practise it in real situation with real guests to really understand, learn and grow. After five days in the restaurant lunch shift, I had my first day of housekeeping today. It's a bit tough working eight days in a row and not getting any proper weekend, but I've been making sure to sleep properly during the week so I feel fine. Anyway, housekeeping was not bad at all, I had expected much worse! We work in teams, so you're never alone and cleaning up rooms when you have good company and conversations isn't that bad at all. It was also fun to see all the rooms, we have 20 rooms in our hotel and they're all different since they're decorated by different hotel chains. Super cool concept! You can see a little peek of one of the rooms below. After shift I had an old au pair friend from Utrecht come by for some wine and now I'm going to watch an episode of The Crown and enjoy some wine and cheese before I go to bed. Tomorrow it's up early again because I have shift at 8:45 and then my dad is coming for a short visit! I'm so excited to show him the school and to spend some quality time together. Hope you all have a fun Saturday night and a great Sunday tomorrow.


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This weekend I'm working in service in the fine dining restaurant in our school, Le Debut. That also means you have to do one day of stewarding, which is just a fancy word for washing the dishes all day long. Actually it wasn't as bad as I expected, as long as you keep busy it's fine. Plus I got to taste all the dishes on the lunch menu and it's so cool to see what good dishes your classmates manage to produce after just one day in the kitchen. Today I was waitressing and I only dropped one glass which also was better than I expected, haha. Now I'm in bed and I'm ready to sleep. Practicals make you completely exhausted, which is probably why it's so empty here nowadays. I'll try to change that, but can't promise anything.

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At 6 am Saturday morning me and seven other girls took a cab from school to Amsterdam Central, nervous/excited/scared for the three days ahead. We are this years pledges of a sorority in school and it was time for our hazing week this weekend. Luckily, ours was shorter than a lot other that are still going through hell while in back in my comfortable bed. But still, it wasn't a very pleasant experience and I have so many blisters on my feet and such bad muscle ache in my whole body that I can barely walk. But it was worth it 100%. I've bonded really well with some of the girls and now we have so much fun to look forward to.

When I got back from hazing at noon today, a friend had made us breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, bacon and pancake and OH-MY-GOD breakfast never tasted as good. After eating I did a couple of round of laundry and started packing my bad. Paul came over for some dinner and then I had to panic pack my last stuff and catch a cab because I was going back to Sweden!!
Now I'm lying in my old bed at home in snowy Stockholm. So happy to be able to go home for a few days. Now I need to sleep so bad, I am almost falling asleep trying to finish this post. I'll try to remember to write tomorrow instead. Enjoy your sleep and please fingers crossed everyone that we don't wake up to news about Trump being the new president of the US.

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So, here it is: the last week of our first block at Hotelschool The Hague. It's been a crazy couple of months. I've spent so much time crying, laughing, wondering what on earth I'm doing here and being grateful for daring to make the move and do this. It's been up and down.

I just finished my English oral assessment and I think I did pretty good! Now I just have a presentation on Wednesday and then exam weeks are officially over for me. Im going for an intro weekend with my sorority after that and then Tuesday next week I'm finally going back to Sweden for a few days. Couldn't be more excited!!

I don't know what this post was really good for. Just a little update so you know I'm still alive I guess. Have an amazing week!

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Just finished the second exam out of four that we are having this week and next and it is SUCH. A. RELIEF. This was probably the biggest one and I am so happy to have it done and over with. It didn't go great, but not bad either so I hope I pass. The next assesment/exam isn't until Monday next week, so I'm going to give myself a couple of days to just relax now before studying again. I'm so excited to have some time to do the things I've been wanting to do for weeks. Tonight there's a party in the corridor and then I'm going with some girls for karaoke. It's going to be so much fun! We deserve a little fun after all this studying. And excuse the boring picture in lack of new ones - it's definitely not that green outside school anymore. 

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On Saturday me and some girls from school took a well deserved break from studying and biked to Foodhallen for dinner. I think I've said it a million times here already, but I LOVE that place. I could resist having my standard Vietnamese sandwich with caramelized pork belly and I paired it with a delicious gin&tonic. I wish I could've had some more of that and some less of studying tonight. First exam tomorrow, wish me luck!

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Tomorrow is the beginning of exam weeks. I have a written exam in English on Monday and an exam in our Checking in course on Tuesday. The week after I have an english oral exam and a big presentation. In other words, I should be studying and not blogging right now. For some reason I can't focus at all. I don't know how I'm possibly going to get everything done. Oh well... Just gotta get through these couple of weeks and then it's introweekend with the sorority and then a long weekend in Stockholm. I'm so excited to be done with this block.


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Yesterday I spent most of my day ​studying and keeping Josefine company at work, but in the evening I took the bus in to town to see this guy. We decided to treat ourselves and go out and eat. We went to an Argentinian place called Mi Sueno and it was A-MA-ZING. Maybe mainly because I haven't had a nice piece of meat in what feels like forever. It was so good. Also, the company was great. And the Malbec we drank was really nice too. Aaaand the staff was really nice. The dessert too. Atmosphere was also really cool So basically, great place! If you want to eat good meat for a not too bad price in Amsterdam I can recommend it! After we finished dinner, we went back to Paul's place and I did some studying before it was bedtime. Today I've just been studying and in a couple of minutes I'm going to a bar close down to meet some of the sorority girls. I don't remember if I told you, but I got chosen as one of the pledges for this year. Exciting! 

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After I was done with school yesterday, I stopped by Paul's place for a little while before I took the bus to the other side of the city. Josefine, the new au pair in my old host family, is having the kids by herself this weekend, so I thought I'd give them some company. We had dinner together, had a little dance party and cuddled before bedtime. I am so happy I am done with au pairing but I do miss my little crazies. Every time I come here it feels like visiting family. After putting the boys to bed, Josefine and I had some wine, talked about tinder dates and the Amsterdam life and then we studied for a bit. My exams are coming up quickly, so there's a lot of that. Now I just finished my breakfast so it's time to take a shower and get started with my day! Have a great weekend friends!

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