Hi, my name is Thinkie, welcome to my blog!
I'm a student in cultural studies, a museum enthusiast, a scrapbooker and an art journaler. I love to travel within Europe and I enjoy photography. You can read more about me on my homepage.
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In May...I started May with another seminar day on 'Geaarde kunst' (natured art). It was just us students and a teacher this time. Each of us students had to give a short presentation on our plans for an exhibition review we have to write, followed by a discussion. I got the review done by the end of the month, after wrestling with the structure of the text for a few weeks.
After the seminar I took a train to The Hague to join Roeland and P. for another visit to the Gemeentemuseum (currently they are open most friday nights). I wanted to see the Anton Corbijn exhibition, Hollands Diep. Cool! Makes me want to put in more of an effort with my cameras again, to experiment. We had hot chocolate afterwards.
Bram and I went to see 'Lost River' at Kijkhuis cinema in Leiden. Weird and somewhat creepy movie.
Guido, Annelies and I were planning to attend the 'Bevrijdingspop'-festival in Haarlem, but because of the weather we stayed in Leiden. We had drinks in the sun at Anne&Max, a quick dinner at Ak-Mir and we went to see the movie 'Wild' at Trianon cinema. It was quite good. After the movie we went for drinks. And somehow a night out with Annelies always means ending up in a snack bar or kebab joint ;-)
Maarten, Bram, Annelies and I had pancakes at Oudt Leyden. Mine had goat cheese, honey and walnuts on it. Yay for Thinkie-friendly pancake flour! After dinner we said goodbye to Bram and went to see the movie 'Frank' at Kijkhuis cinema. Weird but likable.
I went to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to see the exhibition 'Stedelijk in oorlogstijd' (Stedelijk in war time). I had a timeslot for the Matisse exhibition though, and decided to see that one first. I got short on time, and in the end I saw only part of Matisse and very little of Stedelijk in oorlogstijd. Matisse ended up to be more relevant to me than I had expected, because of the expressionism course I need to finish this fall.
I met up with J in 's-Hertogenbosch. We had planned to visit a museum, but the weather was great so we decided to go geocaching in stead. We had a fun day and found 9 caches, and in the end I decided to start logging them myself as well, in stead of just tagging along as J's sidekick like I've been doing for a while. We had a kebab dinner in the sun.
I played Ticket to Ride with Roeland and R. This time we chose the Switzerland edition. I finished last, darn! ;-)
I joined a puzzle walk with Bram and lots of other (mostly new-to-me) people. We formed a team of four and walked all around the city center of Gouda, searching for answers to the questions. We encountered swings, historical buildings and streets, ice cream, all kinds of interesting places and lots of sun. And other teams on the same hunt. Our team managed to get a shared 3rd place. Afterwards we had dinner with some of the other participants.
Bram and I had easter breakfast. Never mind that it was May. And that it was actually lunch. Hooray for adapting traditions to your own wishes ;-) And yay for easter eggs and strawberries!
Gark, Drona, Dworq, Veriana, Vlinder, Iep and my character Averroës fought some dragons. Roleplaying is fun, even when we get beat up. Except when the dragons kill Iep, my giant eagle animal companion :-/
Guido, Erwin and I visited the National Military Museum in Soesterberg. It was quite an experience for the senses. Not sure what I think of it, but the guys loved all the big machines, the museum gave me food for thought about museum presentations and it was fun hanging out together. Afterwards we went out for dinner at a pizza place in Alphen.
I worked on Argumentation and a little bit on Cultural history of Antiquity, and read several chapters in my book on Historiography.
Bram and I visited Nijmegen. We saw the Stevenskerk and the Valkhof site and visited Museum het Valkhof. A nice museum. I liked their roman objects and their Willink painting especially.
Maarten, Annelies, Bram and I had a Harry Potter marathon. We were weak and didn't watch them all in one go ;-) We saw the first 3 movies and paused for a walk in the park (that mostly consisted of laying in the grass enjoying the sun and company) and dinner.
I visited my grandparents.
My current go-to lunch, also handy when eating on the go, is a couple handfulls of this nut mix. I like that it has cranberries in stead of sultanas and that is doesn't contain peanuts.
Lots of dinners with friends. 'Cashewnut tonight' with Frank and Guido one day before roleplaying. Macaroni with Bram. An oven dish with cauliflower, tomatoes, cashewnuts and cheddar with Roeland, R and J. And several dinners with Roeland and with Maarten.
Wilma is working hard to get my new room ready, with some help from Fred. At the moment, I'm still hopping back and forth between Roeland's place and Maarten's place.
Geplaatst op 02-06-2015.
In April...I spent the beginning of the month in bed with a cold.
I had easter breakfast with Roeland and Poes.
I had easter breakfast with Maarten.
I had ice cream with Bram.
I had 'AED' (as Wilma called it): After Easter Dinner, with Wilma, Fred and Maarten.
I studied literature studies and took the exam. It felt like a close call but I was surprised to actually get an 8 out of 10. I started working on Argumentation theory and Project management.
I had ice cream wit Guido (I'm coming to realize that having friends is a serious health risk when bonding is often done over ice cream, hot chocolate or other unhealthy things ;-) )
I attended the monthly film night. We started with dinner at the Filmhuis restaurant. I had parsnip-pear soup, an interesting combination, followed by a salad with yam and goat cheese. The film options were limited and not appealing, so I just joined the others in seeing 'Mange tes morts', about some violent gypsies driving around and getting into trouble. Weird stuff.
I'm trying to incorporate more walking now that better weather makes it easier. Need to compensate for all the chocolate and such. Had some nice walks with several people. Which often involve more ice cream or hot chocolate... ;-)
Wilma and I paid a visit to Ikea. I had been craving Swedish meat balls for a while and I needed some stuff for my new room at Wilma and Fred's place. Roeland and I have broken up, so I'm moving back to their place. They've allotted me the top floor, with one room for living and sleeping, my own bathroom and a roof terrace. I'll have to use the kitchen downstairs (but it has a dishwasher!). For now, I'm moving back and forth between Maarten's place and Roeland's place (still good friends with both of them) as I have done for quite a while now, while Wilma is working on getting my room ready.
J. hosted a Firefly marathon at her place in Rijswijk. Bram, Maarten and E also joined the fun. I had never heard of this series before, it's a space western. The trailer mostly showcases the drama and action, but it's actually fun with a lot of jokes. Bram and I had to catch a train so we couldn't stay for the movie that follows the series, Serenity, so we saw it the next week. I liked the series better. The marathon day was sunny, so we took a break for an afternoon walk.
Maarten, Annelies, Bram and I saw Lord of the Rings: the return of the king, and had dinner together.
Roeland and I visited the Frick-exhibition at the Mauritshuis. Small but some good quality pieces. One of them being painted by Jan van Eyck (and perhaps others from his workshop)!
Bram and I visited the Carthage-exhibition at the RMO. Nice.
I attended a seminar on 'Geaarde kunst' ('natured art', as opposed to degenerate art according to the nazis): the art the National Socialist government of the Netherlands during WW2 approved of and bought, at Museum Arnhem. Intesting, and it was fun to hang out with some fellow students and the teacher.
I spent two days enjoying fantasy fair Elfia at Haarzuilens; one day with Bram and one with Annelies, Guido, B, L and E.
I attended an evening of roleplaying. We fought two earth elementals and an air elemental and there's some nasty business with dragons wanting to rule the world that we'll have to sort out in a couple of weeks. Not sure if everyone in the company has my back, though... Although there's a flirting dwarf that would sure like some other parts of my character's body...
I met up with two fellow students that I hadn't seen in quite a while at the Gemeentemuseum. We chatted and saw the exhibition 'Holland op z'n mooist' (Beautiful Holland) about the Haagse School (The Hague School).
We celebrated Wilma's birthday with Greek take-away.
Geplaatst op 03-05-2015.
In March...Drinks at LaPlace with Roeland and M.
We celebrated Fred's 69th birthday with dinner, followed by cuddles with Luka and a selection of sweet stuff.
Maarten and I went to see Within Temptation play at Carré in Amsterdam. We had a great evening listening to one of our favourite bands and and enjoyed visiting Carré for the first time. Mobile phone lights in stead of cigarette lighters ftw ;-)
Bram and I spent an afternoon in Leiden together. We had lunch at La Place (I had the best sandwich with cream cheese with herbs and grilled eggplant), walked around the Hortus Botanicus and had hot chocolate at the RMO.
Guido and I attended a Rapalje concert at Stadstheater Zoetermeer. We already knew them from fantasy fairs and it was interesting to see them in a theater setting for once. They performed some of their usual energetic songs, but also more quiet ones, and there were three girls performing irish dances on stage.
I went to a study day for historiography. Quite interesting, but I'll have to wait a while before I can really dig into this topic; I'll be taking the exam in August.
I focused on literature studies this month and got feedback on last month's museological writing assignments (passed, yay!).
Roeland and I visited Frank, Nicolette and Danja to celebrate Frank's birthday. We encountered some trouble along the way (malfunctioning railroad switches, what else?) which got us stranded in Zwolle for a couple of hours. We had drinks with Roeland's dad at the station and in town, and visited the Stedelijk Museum.
I attended two more sessions of role playing game. We fought a giant crocodile, spoke with a huge rock creature, fought a giant carnivorous plant to help an entlike creature regain his captured dryad and had to deal with young dragons turning evil.
Roeland's acquaintance T. came over for dinner. I cooked my oven dish with potatoes, ground meat and veggies topped off with a roux.
I took advantage of Maarten being on holiday to spent some extra time in Zoetermeer. Bram came over for dinner.
Wilma and I went book shopping in The Hague because of Book Week.
Roeland and I spent four days in Paris. Lots of museums, great dead French people, a concert at an interesting location and some strolling around town in the sun.
Neighbour R. came over for dinner. He brought chicory soup and I made cale stamppot ('mash pot'). For dessert we had yoghurt with banana, walnuts and honey. After dinner we played Ticket to Ride, the Europe edition. It was my first time and I quite liked it, even though the guys beat me. Poes wanted to play as well, but we had to chase her off the table before she started messing around with our train cars.
Roeland and I visited the Modern Art Museumn in Arnhem (MMKA) to see the exhibition 'Geaarde kunst', about art acquisition by the state during WW2. Afterwards I travelled south and met up with J. We had dinner together and I stayed the night over at his place.
The nex day J. and I visited Stevensweert. It used to be a fortified town and quite recently, some of the battlements have been reinstated. We did some geocaching, walked around the town and visited the Streekmuseum. After that, we had dinner in Roermond. From there I took a train to Den Bosch, where I met up with R. for drinks before heading back west.
I visited F. for dinner at his place. Good conversation.
At the end of the month, I fell ill with a cold. Yuck. I didn't want to miss out on the new fantasy fair 'Fantasy Worlds', held at theme park Duinrell, so I downed some pain killers, stacked up on tissues and candy for my throat and went anyway. I attended two days: one with Bram and one with Annelies, Guido, G. and L.. Fun days, even though my body didn't like me for pushing myself like this.
Geplaatst op 09-04-2015.
Book Week 2015
Earlier this month it was book week! Always a good excuse to go shopping for books. Which I usually do with Wilma for this occasion. I had saved a book giftcard for the occasion and Wilma kindly extended my budget for the day :-)
We went to The Hague. After visiting some non-book shops (like Flying Tiger and Pipoos) we had lunch at LaPlace, and then we hit Van Stockum at their new location. It was my second visit and I love the vibe they've created, with a coffee corner (Bagels&Beans), reading chairs and a good assortment of non-fiction on topics right up my alley. They have fiction as well, but Wilma was slightly disappointed in that area. Oh, and for you public transport nerds: they still have a large section dedicated to trains and such.
Next up was the new Paagman around the corner. More fiction, a smaller (but still not too shabby) assortment of non-fiction, a children's section, a music&movies section and quite a lot of cookbooks. This store has a cleaner type of cool vibe, a more modest coffee corner and it seems they've moved the second hand section of De Sleghte in upstairs.
I ended up with three books;
The photo's with me in them were taken by Wilma.