Wednesday, 31 July 2013
Sometimes when you wake up you feel ready. You want to get out of bed and explore the world. Do a lot in one day and just keep on going. That feeling, it's amazing. But nothing like I felt this morning.
It's lite, I want to fall asleep and wake up late in the day. See the sun shine upon my face, but no such thing my friends. Tomorrow I shall wake at the crack of dawn, take a shower and leave my humble house..
I can hear you thinking, has she gone mad? Well, I always am a bit scrazy but today has a reason. I went to Shakespeare's Globe. A midsummer night's dream, brilliant play, and so funny. We stood in what's called the yard and it took 3 hours. It was amazing. My uncle queued in order ti get returned tickets. Unfortunatly we only got two tickets so only my uncle and I went in. I had an amazing time, although I am exhausted right now. The theater is gorgeous, it makes you feel like you've gone back in time. Apart from some lights everything was, including the costumes, like it would have been when Shakespeare was still alive. Brilliant! I adored it.
Monday, 29 July 2013
Sunday, 28 July 2013
Sundays tend to be lazy, at least mine usually are. I love to stay in bed until late and wear my PJ's all day. But when you are staying with someone or someone is staying with you, you try to change that habit and go out. My day started lazy, but ended up to be, well, not so lazy I'd say.
Saturday, 27 July 2013
Have you ever seen a movie in Black and white? I never had! I do now. Wauw, it was sooo good! I saw Francis Ha about half an hour ago (21:21 now) and it was amazing.The movie was happy and smiley. It wasn't about the story, it was about the feeling of it all. Man, I am in love with it. I won't tell you more but man! It was sooo goood!
There is a cat in my bed; mini, and I'm petting here. Sweet cat!
I am typing with one hand which is hard and also so slow! But the cat...
Anyway, today I went to school. Tom was my teachter today as Thea, the teacher I usually have, was on a trip. Tom was nice though
Thursday, 25 July 2013
I've been going to school for almost a week now, and it's going way to fast. I am enjoying my time here. Lovely people with names I cannot remember. Everyone is so nice and helpfull, it feels like home. Yes, home, eventhough this is school. I guess it has something to do with the people being here because they want to. Isn't it an amazing thing to be here, meet people from totally diffenrent cultures and countries and still feel at home. It would never happen in secondary school...
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
New people, new class. Feeling very weird. It's still 9:30am here... I am blogging a piece now, but I'll post it tonight. I am sitting here with three girls, they seem nice but they don't really talk to me. Waiting for the teacher... Please come, I want to start as soon as possible! I want to know if this is the right class!
Ah, there are more people walking in now! Oh, I know this guy, he is in my skills training. He's shy, but kind!
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
I have survived! My first day, summerschool! It was sooo cool! It felt bizar to be in London, Greenwich to be exact, and go to school. But it was so awesome.
So as I told you this morning I started my day with a tour of Greenwich.
Let's start with telling you about the morning at my temorary home! I woke up, had absoluty no clue where I was, and felt weird. But soon that feeling faded and I enjoyed my book for an hour(it was 7am and I didn't need to leave untill 5 to 9am). When I left my bed and got dressed, I had a lovely breakfast at the table in the kitchen with my aunt and uncle. I looooveeee breakfast at the table. At home it's just me most of the time. I then was ready to leave and my aunt took me to school! Greaaat! Felt special. I still wasn't nervous though.
At the reception they gave a clipboard with a paper I had to fill in(together with aprox. 30 other people) and then wait for my group to be called. That didn't happen untill 10:10am. That's when I wrote my blog this morning and also met a nice 22 years old girl from Kazachstan.
After the tour trough Greenwich(fun but I had seen 98% of it so I won't talk about it). If you want to see Greenwich, go for it. It's worth a visit!
So I took my placement test, and I already know I have been placed in what seems to be the highest level for the skills(speaking and reading). Awesomeee, but it felt very easy.
I'm going to fast again...Back to the test. It was an online test, you had to fill in gaps and also listen to confersations. A part of the test was talking to the teacher. Went well!
After all this it was 12:15 and I was hungry, but I first had induction. A fun talk given by the DOS (director of studies) and a tour of the school(it's not that big but it's nice to know where everything is. It does have 21 classrooms, 4 computerrooms and 2 social rooms (and a bunch of offices). Nice school!
During Induction I met two Turkish girls. They were both 19 and from Istanbul. Lovely girls, very kind. We had our lunch together. Well lunch... We went to the supermarket, bought sandwiches and talked in the shade. Lovely! We then hedded back to school and found our classrooms.
I didn't have class with them, well the skills one. It's just one hour of talking and some reading with about 13 people. Really nice! My teacher in that class is "Irish, crazy and married to a Japanese lady. Oh and he is the best teacher in this room. His name is furgal."That's what my classmate told me. I am surprised by the kind people. The people in that group have had more classes together, and they seemed close but they were so kind and friendly. A (once again) Turkish girl came to me in the classroom, introtuced herself and we had a lovely chat.
The lesson was great, easy but great. I had to introduce myself and the teacher went: "it's like speaking to an English lady!! Brilliant! Why are you here, all the dutch speak English!!" Hilarious comment! Fergal is nice, but he also likes himself a bit to much. Anyway, I'll get used to it soon enough.
After that one lesson, my day was done and I got to go home. Yeaah! Nope, I went with the turkish girls I talked about to Greenwich market. Had a good time, although it's way to hot... So I went home after 1,5 hour and exchanged phone numbers :D. Yessss, I am meating new people, with different cultures, soo awesommeeeee!!
But anyway, today was awesome! It ended bizar though. After having dinner with my aunt (ice cream has been finished...) I went to bed, and opened the bathroomdoor. But there was a BAT in the bathroom... Wooow. Scarryy. After leaving it alone for a while, it left the bathroom and my aunt and I were happy we didn't have to help it.
So, that's all for now! (there is much more stuff I can talk about but I won't as this blog will be way to long.
Monday, 22 July 2013
Yesterday was travelday. I went to london! Yaaay!!! I didn't have wifi straight away, so I am telling you about sunday this morning. (I have to wait before my tour of Greenwich starts.
I arrived at my aunt and uncles house, it is an awesome house. But as I've been there many times before, I knew that. I love being there.
Right, that was everything about today! I was chatting to a girl from Kazachstan! I forgot her name... She said, it's an easy name, well, I honestly can't remember... She was 22. I now feel really really young. That's okay though :D
That's it for now!
Sunday, 21 July 2013
I have no idea when I can post this blog as the internet has decided it will not work... So if this post is posted on a sunday, forgive me for not posting it on the right day.
Today we wanted to go to Windsor Castle (I remember the name now). As dad wanted to be there early to see the changing of the gards, we left what we sminkies can call early. We are talking about 10am. Yes I know, my family loves to sleep long. Holidays should be lazy and fun and your own, right?
So Windsor is like this massive castle. I have seen many castles in my short life and this one can certainly qualify. Well, I can't really say anything about the inside, but the outside looked just fine! I can hear you think, why can't you say anything about the inside? You've been in there right? The answer is no... We went there, saw the changing of the gards and well after that there was this massive queu which we did not feel like entering.
So we went shopping around the town in stead. We said, we'll go later on when it's less busy. Little did we know it never got less busy. When we checked, it still was a wait much to long for us, so we didn't go in. But I enjoyed today. It wasn't perfect, there were some things less nice. For example, there was this sign saying: saturday market. I like markets, so dad and I went there. But when we followed the sign, we never found that market, we found a bunch of bricks. They made up a parking space and houses. :( Not cool Windsor! But something good came of it. Dad and I had no clue where the others were, so we looked around trying to find them. We found some lovely restaurants and picked one where we wanted to go for a drink.
Oh and we went in to this really funny sweety shop. Dad bought my mum fudge nougat! Mum liked it! :D (we found them after a while!)
We actually found them just by walking around. We eventually decided to go to the cinnamon cafe! Yay! Isn't that a fun name? I think it is... They did sell a cinnamon bun, but most of it was normal. For some reason I expected them to sell only cinnamon things. They did not do that, but they did have muffins. Blueberry muffins to be exact. And they were massive! Todays picture is of that muffin I had(sorry I had a tiny bite, forgive me, it looked amazing!)
Tonight is my last night with them, I'll miss them. Yes, the nerves are there( not constantly though), tomorrow is going to be the day! I'll try to post, but I don't know how it is all going to work out so maybe no post about sunday...
I am not at the end of this blog, and the internet is still gone(it has been since the afternoon). So I am.afraid by the time you'll read this, it will be sunday. Sorry!!
Yes, the internet didn't work untill now...
Friday, 19 July 2013
When you end up being lazy because of the on going heat, you have to push yourself to do something fun. And that is exactly what we did today! Hopefully it will cool down a bit soon because I am done with it. I know, I shouldn't whine about it, but come on. We all know I hate warm weather, so when I say I love England, I mean England AND its weather. Okay, not always, but most of the time.
My playlist loves the Snow Patrol music on it.. It keeps playing Snow Patrol! Dear playlist, there are other songs to choose from... Please pick something else too! Sincerely, Simone
Wauw! It worked! I am now listening to Yuna! She is really cool! I think I read somewhere she is from Malaysia. Awesome artist. She has this dreamy kind of music. And that is the kind of music I adore.
Right, today. Well, first we sat around for a bit. Had a lovely breakfast outside, did the dishes. Slowly we woke up. We sat for a while in the shade( the sun is still way to hot to be in). Basically what happened is, we took our National Trust guide and started looking for something. Well, the Ipad came and told us where we were and the National Trust app told us what was nearby. Anyway, we came across the West Green House Garden. So we went there, and had an amazing time! It was cool out in the Gardens. The was no house by the way. It was just a garden. And when I say garden, I mean, GARDEN. I think the lady said there were about 10 acres to see... I am not a gardenperson, but it was so lovely out there, even I enjoyed it...
After that it was only two pm and the campsite is too hot as there is not much shade. So we decided we'd visit another house. Again The National Trust guide came along. We picked The Vyne. Mum and dad had been there, but we just went again. It was a nice house, very dark though. And normally those houses have enourmous libraries. But this one had just a small one. Unfortunatly. It was nice though. Old houses tend to be cool, as was this one. So we've had a lovely day!
We decided we wanted to go for a pint at the pub. Well, dad and mum at least. I just wanted sparkling water. :D
So we looked and looked but didn't find a pub with some people around. And that is not easy to do in England, as pubs are everywhere. Eventually, we went to a pub called the wellington Arms. We've been there last year and it was a lovely place to be. We had a pint, and were hungry. So dad asked us if we would like to have a barmeal! Yay! So we had dinner at the pub! I had fishcakes :D
Now we're back at the campsite, enjoying the weather and sitting outside. Today was a.very good day. It might be the best day since we came here... We have now been here for seven days and I love it. England is not letting me down.
Tomorrow, my last full day with my family... I am going to miss them, sweet people. But I am also going to do what I have dreamed off for a long time. That makes this a little less scary. Tomorrow is also the day we go to the Queens home, and for some reason I can't think of the name... You'll see tomorrow :D
Thursday, 18 July 2013
Another hot day in England.... YEs indeed, in England, isn't it bizarre? In my opinion it is... So travel day No. 2! Such a bad day to move... It was again 30 degrees, but the car was nice and cool. The packing was not that cool as we were in the sunshine all the time. And as all of you know by now, the shade is the only place where it is okay to do something. And even in the shade you'd rather do nothing.
So the next campsite! Yay! Lovely people once again, one tiny issue, there is not to much shade.... Uhoh.... Oh and there is no Wi-Fi on my phone for now (still need to get that sorted), so I am using the computer. If I fail to post the upcoming days, it'll be because of the lack of Wi-Fi. So, don't be mad, I'll be back! Probably on Sunday as I will (finally) be in London! So excited!
Again today is not a very interesting day to write about. I can tell you all I am drinking my favourite English drink straight out of a IKEA plastic cup. But I don't think you'll like to read about that, will you?
So I will tell you about the road to this campsite. You have to understand, caravans are not exactly making your car go smooth on bumpy roads... So this road I was talking about, it is narrow and there are more hols in it than you can imagine... It is terrible, but the campsite is nice so it's worth it. Yes, we've been here before. It sounds boring, going back to campsites you have been before. Funny thing is, I am only going to stay at places I have been before. But that's just fine as long as you make sure there is enough to do around the place.
I was just looking at leaflet about London, and came across the Sigmund Freud house! I love Philosophy, I have been taking classes at school for two years now and love it. Freud is one of the many philosophers I have come across and I'd like to see where he has lived.
That's it for today!
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
The day was again hot, I think mum said at some point it was 33 degrees. That is seriously hot weather! (did I spell it correct this time, Jan? ;-)) So Bury St. Edmunds today! Lovely town, with cute shops and other fun stuff to see.
So, the tent this morning was again way to hot in the morning. So we left it when it was getting to much of a sauna-like feeling. Luckely the rest woke up to, so we had breakfast in the shaduw and woke up slowly!
After some quick getting prepared to leave we left the campsite. I love sitting in the car and seeing the world passing by. I always feel slightly sad when we get back to the campsite. Although I always want to leave the car as soon as it stops. It can be very very very hot in there. It's funny, when you go to England, you expect to have not the greatest weather. But these past couple of days, we've had weather like we are in the south of France. I wish it was a bit cooler though. Oh well, it's never fine, is it?
Bury st. Edmunds was nice, though it did not have nice secondhand bookshops. I didn't buy any books today! Yay me! I try not to spend all my money on books. Last year I bought about 24 books. I know, that's bad... But it just happens to be my favorite thing to spend money on! And if you search well enough, you'll find something really nice for not to much money. You don't always have to read all the books other are reading too.
I was trying to figure out what to tell you about today and I cannot think of a lot of interesting things to say... We went shopping and went to the supermarket. Bought my parents a pie with my sister(we always do something like that).
Actually, there was a guy busking in Bury st Edmunds! I liked his voice, plus he was playing some of my favorite songs in his own style. That was rather nice! I don't think the others liked it though. But I always respect those singers on the street. I mean, I'd never do it! Way too scary...
Because it was so hot, we wanted to find a pub with a "beer-garden". Finally we found it! But when we sat down in the shade, and saw the menu, we realised it was a french pub! They only sold wine and regular drinks. No Englishbeer... Not that I mind, I don't drink. But my parents do... Anyway we all just wanted a cold, non-alcoholic drink.
The waiter came and he spoke with an accent. Mum thought he was French, but no, he was Polish! And very kind too! :D
That was our day really...
Tomorrow it is moving day! We are moving up closer too London, so when I leave for London, mum and dad will not have to drive me too far to take me there. It's only four days until I go.... I am nervous, but in a good way! I want these last four days to go very fast, but then again, I wish the days would just stop so I could have more time with the rest... I have never been away for longer than a week or so... Aaaah! (I am not a big fan of new things, so this is really scary(and fun))
Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Spending a day doing next to nothing can be fun. I used to love spending days on the campsite, just enjoying the day. Now I want to see stuff and explore the places I'm at. But today we stayed at the campsite! I am not the only one on vacation so we decide together! The day was another hot day, so the shade was my friend once again! Well, the shade is always my friend... Today's blog won't be very interesting, just me thinking "out loud" while I tell you about today.
Monday, 15 July 2013
Another day has gone by on my trip to England. Today was shopping day! We decided last night we wanted to visit Cambridge. Again. Yes, I have been there before and yes I loved it. Cambridge was the first real university city I went to in England (apart from London). I decided back then, I want to study in England! Now I still want to, but I can't afford it so I will start in Holland and maybe try to do a master in an Englishspeaking country. Yes people, I would love to leave the Netherlands and live in a different country!
Back to Cambridge! We did not go to the colleges, as we've done that two years ago. So we went shopping! And yes, of course, I bought another book... So now I have bought 4 books in the three full days we've been here. This is really bad. If I'd buy a book every day of this holiday... Well, let's not go there, I wouldn't have enough space in my bag(s). Although.. There is the option of sending the books home in a big box, the only question is, how much money would that cost me? Never mind.
Back to Cambridge, again! So we went shopping, which is always fun in England. First of all, you have all those charityshops where they sell secondhand books, YAY! I love those shops, and I am helping people all around the world. I wonder how that works, I sometimes buy a book there for like, 0,50p, maybe one pound? It's nothing! How to they make money from that? Oh, just realised, they might give the complete amount or at least a percentage to the charity.
So, Cambridge by car is not a lot of fun, parking and fees and stuff. So we took a park and ride bus. I don't know if you've heard of it, but it's just a parking place where you can park your car for free. You buy a ticket to get on the bus and there you go! The bus ride never takes long and a lot of big Citys have this. It saves you money and time! Brilliant! Besides, the car was so hot(it was almost 30 degrees here), it wasn't to much fun to be in it. Except with the windows down, looking out the window, seeing the gorgeous landscape, that was good!
I wanted to try and find a dress. Not sure writing about this is a good idea because my friends and family read this... And if you know me, you know I NEVER wear dresses. And skirts only if I really have to. I have worn a dress and skirt during a project I did. We'd "play" the european Parliament. But that's a different story.
So my sister and I went looking for a dress. I find it funny how different English fasion is to what Dutch people wear. I do like English fasion though, it's fun. So looking for the dress, I tried a couple on. My sister is like my hero when we go shopping. She knows what I want and where to find it. But today we had no luck... :(
I bought tea though! I adore tea, the soft teas like peppermint and Green tea, stuff like that. So I went into Whittard, and bought two boxes of tea. You should check it out if you are in England, or their website, the link can be found by clicking on Whittard.
After the shopping we went to Tesco, a big supermarket. I like to go there, mainly because they sell books.... And some other cool stuff. Like food. ;-) I don't know what the supermarkets in your countries are like, but ours have only food. No clothes or something. The french supermarkets and also the English do have all of that. I wonder why the way we shop is so different... I do think English and French supermarkets are more fun for me because I am not used to them. That might explain it...
Tomorrow we won't be going out I think, so tomorrows post will be slighlty different. Maybe something which has something to do with camping.. I am not sure yet, you'll see!
Sunday, 14 July 2013
This morning I woke up at, like, 8.15? Not sure, my Ipod and phone both were empty. It was cloudy and a little cold. I couldn't sleep so I decided to read. I am reading this book (Beware, it's Dutch) called "Godenslaap" by Erwin Mortier. It is amazing, the way it's written, it just gets you. Well, it gets me. It describes everything in a way so bizarre. Mortier actually used like one page to tell us there were stables. I found it brilliant. Anyway somewhere at 3/4 of the book, I read this sentence which really hit me. I have had it before in this book with a piece describing life. This sentence I was talking about, it was about wars. The book is about life around the first and second world war. It is told by an old lady, who lived through both of the wars. So back to the sentence, sorry I am so chaotic... The sentence is: (forgive me if I translate it in a bad way) Every peace is an interbellum. That really hit me. And I think it's true, sadly. So yeah, that was my lovely morning!
Last night we decided we'd go to wimpole hole estate. It is a house owned by the national trust. I don't know if you have heard of it, but it is really nice. They buy old houses with a history, and they keep them open for public. The mill I went to saturday was also owned by the national trust. If you go to England, you should check it out! I'll post the link to their website at the end of this blog.
We'd actually been at wimpole two years ago, but the wether that day was horrible. So we only saw the house and the tearoom, shops and second-hand bookshop. So today we did a walk around the gardens, they are massive and gorgeous. I am not a garden person but even I thought is was nice. Nothing like the gardens of Vilandry in France, but still nice. We also went to the home farm. That was soo nice! I really enjoyed walking there with all the animals. There were horses and donkeys, pigs, cows, sheep and so on! It was nice. Today's pictures are from the farm. So check them out! I'll try to figure out how to put up a video of the piglets drinking. That was soo cute! The way pigs walk, it is so funny. Like wigly wonkey! I found it lovely to see! Pigs are cute, at least, that's what I find... They do always look lazy, laying down, being fat... You know what I mean?
The thing about national trust is, they always have a tearoom or restaurant. And also a shop. And quite often a bookshop. The tearooms always serve massive pieces of pie or scones. It is always a pleasure to go in there and have a bite. They never let you down. So today, we went for a piece of pie! I had a piece of chocolate and walnutcake! It was delicious.
Last but not least, a very happy 14th of july to all the French people out there! I hope you have had or are having a good day! I always loved the parties the french would have. I have spent many summers in France and I can tell you, they know how to make a day great! I always found the french kind people but they can be, as the English, quite reserved. But on the 14th of july, you would just be a part of the big group. It was amazing!!
Something else, this morning I was checking my twitterpage and I saw people reacting to the news. Little did I know, Cory Monteith had past away. I read the news on the internet and I was so shocked. I used to watch glee, so I "knew" him. I have, obviously, never met him, but he seemed like a nice guy. I feel so sad for Lea Michele, she loved him. I was seriously shocked and sad, and i am only a little girl who doesn't even know the guy! So I can't imagine how Lea Michele and all his friends and family must feel.
This news brings me to ask, how is it possible that all those stars just die? At such a young age? It is just upsetting! It makes me wonder wether the industry is too tough... I wonder what you guys think? Would there be any kind of solution to fix this massive problem? I mean, this is not just a tiny inconvenience, this is peoples real lives we are talking about! Feel free to leave a comment.
The National Trust website: click here
Saturday, 13 July 2013
Today is the first full day in England. It is a very hot day, which is a surprise as English wether is, like the Dutch, basically always bad. I don't mind that though. I like winter and cold wether, it's very cosy.
The mill I was going to see today was okay. I sort of liked it but it wasn't that interesting. It had some kind of bakerything on the top floor where kids could make a figure out of breaddough. And silly me, I did it too... Yes, a 17-year old girl sitting next to two french boys, they must have been like 5 and 6/7? It felt silly, the worse part was, I think they did a better job than I did! It was fun though. The fun part about the mill was the way it looked. The picture from today is showing the mill. And as a Dutchie, for me, when you say "mill", I think about a windmill, the old fasion ones though. So this being a watermill was quite a surprise for me. Different from what I am used to! But that's fine! I like it!
There was also the bookshop, with second-hand books. And yes, I bought books, again. I bought one thriller-detective something and a very old book with poems. I am not really into poetry but I quite liked the ones I read in there. The best thing is, it is not by just one writer but by a lot of writers. That way you get a wide range of poetry by different people, with all different stories. It is my first book with poetry, which is awesome! I really need to figure out where to put all my books... I don't want to spend money on a new bookshelf or shelves. But that's for later on to worry. Have you ever been in an English supermarket? I have many times now, and seriously, everytime I go there, I sort of freeze! I don't understand why, but I am always cold there. I have never had that problem with Dutch or French supermarkets though... We haven't decided yet what to do tomorrow, but we'll see. Tonight we will have a lovely dinner with some real English food... Love it! Yesterday night we actually had Chinese take away. We NEVER have take away, okay, almost never. Like once maybe twice a year. So this was awesome, being on holiday, having take away. I thought it was hilarious! Oh, we are starting to decide now what we want to do... But this blogpost is going up now, so it'll be a surprise for you! Love, Simone
Friday, 12 July 2013
Today I have arrived at my first destination. I woke up at 6.30am, for me that's early. When I go to school, I don't leave my bed untill 7.25am. The only day I need to get up at 7am straight is when I go to work. Anyway, enough about that.
So, as I was going to England, we took the carferry. I have done that many many times, but I still hate it. I don't really get sick, I just feel sort of dizzy, and a little sick, but they have pills for that. I am a little clumbsy myself, so with a boat, which is not level, going up and down, me feeling slighlty weird... Well, I think you understand what happens... I look like I am drunk. And I don't drink alcohol, not a principal thing, I just find it disguisting(not sure this is the right spelling... Correct me if I am wrong).
So, after we arrived, we saw the cliffs of Dover. By car that is. And boy they are beautiful. I have seem them quite a few times now, but they still make me feel special. Like I am an ant, walking in between al those human beings. That's a bizar way to explain the feeling, but somehow it makes sense. Well, too me at least. Dutch coasts are sandy, we have no cliffs, it's so different. Weird isn't it, the way two countries, not far apart, can be so so different. The fotograph you see was taken on the boat, and it's not a very good picture... Sorry about that!
Now we are at the campsite, a small one, with lovely people. It is quite close to Cambridge. I like it here, nice and quiet. I guess I am not the kind of person who wants to see thousands of people on a campsite. I love peace and quiet.
Tomorrow we'll be visiting a mill, with a second-hand bookshop! Must be awesome!! I love second-hand bookshops. They make me feel like I am in a place where there are not only thousands of stories inside the books, like in a regular bookshop, but there are also the stories which come with the book. Some of those books may be old and have even more stories than just the one inside... Bizar and special, I find that.
Well, that's it for today! Tomorrow I will try to write another blog about my 4 week trip to England. I'll try to blog everyday, but I cannot say whether I have something interesting to tell you everyday..