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.
I live, I love, I create, I capture, I learn, I enjoy.
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.
Wilma got us some easter candy as a present. Maarten's bunny made me think of the cute bunnies in Wallace & Gromit and the curse of the were-rabbit.
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... ;-)
Hot chocolate with Bram after a walk around town.
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.
Love those balls!
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)!
Poes Poes enjoying the sunshine.
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.
What's a girl to do when she drops her zucchini and it almost breaks in two? Draw eyes on it off course! Meet Zach, the talking zucchini!
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 forgot my character sheets, but fortunately Guido had taken a photo of them at some point and I still had them in dropbox so I could print them out and play along anyway.
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).
Pear juice and white chocolate-pear pastry at the Gemeentemuseum.
We celebrated Wilma's birthday with Greek take-away.
We celebrated Fred's 69th birthday with dinner, followed by cuddles with Luka and a selection of
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.
This was the queue for the busses that provided an alternative for the train service. Just after we joined it, it almost doubled.
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.
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;
Emo's reis (Emo's journey) by Dick de Boer, an expert on medieval history. I attended a lecture he gave about this book a couple of years ago and the book was on my wishlist ever since.
Geaarde kunst : Door de staat gekocht '40-'45, the catalogue of this exhibition at Museum Arnhem, about art bought by the Dutch state during nazi occupation. I'll be attending a seminar about this exhibition this spring and will have to write an exhibition review.
De zomer hou je ook niet tegen by Dimitri Verhulst, the complimentary book you get when you spend enough on books during book week.
I bought Vaslav during a book week, I think. It had been standing on my shelf for a while. Laying abed with a cold made me crave some fiction (although this book is fiction written around some facts). It has this typical Japin style, but I find it hard to pinpoint what makes that style. Use of language perhaps, and the way his characters think, talk and interact. I enjoyed reading it, as I did his other books.
I borrowed 'The circle' from Bram. It's a utopia turning distopia, a social network system growing towards world domination. 'Privacy is theft'. Creepy. I kinda liked it, even though I would have enjoyed it more had it been less predictable, and I'm not referring to the intended predictability that gives you a sense of the impending and unavoidable descendance of doom. Hmmm, that makes it sound like a heavy and depressing read, but it isn't really, even though it brings up ethical matters that are quite relevant for today's digital age. I like my facebook, twitter and blog and think linked-in can be pretty useful. But I like being in control of what I sent out into the world and when I do that. Trust me, you wouldn't want to hear my under-the-shower version of the Beegee's 'How deep is your love'. Or at least not the 2 out of 3 times I get off-key at some point. Let's keep it that way. Unless you're my neighbour. Then it's pretty much inevitable. Sorry about that.
I'm somewhat curious about Eggers' other books. Recommendations?
F. and I visited the National Museum of Antiquities. It was way too busy in the temporary exhibition on a sunday, so we opted for the quieter company of Greek, Near East and Roman objects. We shared drinks, apple cake and good conversation at a café, had a kebab-dinner and spent some time wandering around town.
I wrote a blogpost and an exhibition analysis about the topics of the seminar on difficult heritage in museums. I started Literature studies and Expressionism.
We had some days that felt like spring, despite the chill in the air. Bram and I spent one such afternoon visiting Cronesteyn park. Lots of bird watching. And hot chocolate and some chocolate pie at 'De tuin van de smid', a nice hang-out at the park.
I enjoyed a meal and an evening of Role Playing Game with Guido and F.. It was the first time F. joined in, and having another character besides my own made it even more fun.
Several visits with Maarten and Bram as usual, and a visit with my grandparents.
I joined Roeland, M and B for part of their museum tour of The Hague. We had drinks and pastry at a konditorei and visited Museum Bredius. The original plan was to visit the Mauritshuis, but the queue was too long to our liking.
I read Dave Eggers' 'The circle', made progress in Foer's 'Moonwalking with Einstein' and read 'Game of Thrones' book 4.
Roeland celebrated his birthday by inviting some people over. I enjoyed the company and baked cakes that we ate hot out of the oven.
I attended the monthly film night in The Hague. It was arthouse cinema-month. We had dinner at the cinema's restaurant (a nice mix of friends, acquaintances and new-to-me people) and saw 'Il capitale umano', which was kinda okay.
Roeland, Maarten and I helped Jannet move her stuff to her new apartment. She was looking forward to this move for a long time and I'm so happy for her!
Annelies, Bram, Maarten and I had a film marathon with Lord of the Rings part 1 and 2. I know, only two of the movies (albeit the extended versions), we're weak like that ;-) However much we enjoyed watching and doting over elves and long-haired men, the weather was too good to resist going on an afternoon walk in between movies. Bram cooked us kale for dinner and we totally over-ate on the snacks (or was it just me?).
Drinks with Fran at Anne&Max. Love me a taste of some good fabric softener! ;-)
okay, so we opted out of the fabric softener and went for our signature drinks ;-)
Proud of this guy for getting his bachelor's degree in Dutch Law! (Yep, it's official now!)
Dinner with F. to pick up his housekeys. He was kind enough to let me stay in his apartment in Zoetermeer for a week while he went on holiday. I enjoyed being on my own for a while, with a bath and some great views! Just what I needed!
Bram, Annelies and I enjoyed a concert at Qbus in Leiden. We saw two bands that are part of the fantasy fair scene; Cesair and The Moon and the Night Spirit. We had a lovely evening, which ended in a kebab/snackbar. I blame Annelies ;-)
I joined Bram, Guido and some friends of their's (some of whom I already knew) for an evening of role playing game. A fainting halfling, an over-enthusiastic fairy, an elf with healing powers, a barbarian that likes nothing more than a good fight, a dangerous magical chrystal, an encounter with a giant ant, some surpise lambs and in the end, a couple of dragons... Yup, my kind of thing ;-)
I finally visited the Mauritshuis that has reopened last summer. I only saw the permanent collection, didn't have the patience for the long line to go see the Frick collection. Still planning on having a date with the Van Eyck in the exhibition, off course, but I'll save that for an early morning outside of school holidays... I took a tram to the Gemeentemuseum to go see Rothko before that exhibition ended, but they had a line going on outside and I would have counted myself lucky if the wait would have been under an hour. Alas, no Rothko for me. I took the next tram back to the city center and visited the two new bookstores I had spotted; Van Stockum at their new location and the new Paagman. Nice and spacious, comfy chairs for reading and a café. I liked them both, but the athmosphere and their assortment of books makes me like Van Stockum best. I also popped into the American Book Center. I managed to control myself and didn't buy anything (or well; just a postcard...), but I did write down a couple of books for my wish list.
I started the month in Maartens guestroom, still feeling ill from a cold on my birthday. Wilma came by to drop off some presents (cream puffs, yum!). Fran came by to pick something up. Maarten and I did a little celebrating with Doctor Who. We made cheesecake but were too full from the cream puffs to eat it, so we saved it for the next day.
Wilma made me a birthday card
I visited my grandparents to celebrate my grandpa's 87th birthday. Afterwards, Danja and I curled up on Maartens couch and watched 'Elizabethtown'. More cream puffs and a pizza were involved.
I spent an evening with Roeland and his friend J. I cooked a simple Indian dinner.
Jannet brought me a pretty candle holder in cookiemonster blue as a birthday gift, as well as shoving a bar of rolo chocolate in the letterbox. She's a good letterbox-filler, that one!
I attended the monthly film night in The Hague. B, K, A and I had dinner at BIT (tasted awesome but they were skimpish on the french fries). As a birthday present, B treated me to a big shared plate of... cream puffs. With chocolate. I see a new trend here... B, A and I went to see 'The imitation game', which was all right.
Don't worry; they usually serve the burgers with bread, but I opted out of that
Maarten and I attended 'Park light'; a side event of the Amsterdam Light Festival at Park Frankendael. It was raining, my wet feet sloshed in my shoes, and the art wasn't really all that interesting, but we had a nice evening anyway. afterwards we had a swirl-ice cream and kebab.
I celebrated my birthday somewhat belatedly at Café De Burcht. Loved having all these friends, acquaintances and family members around; Roeland, Maarten, Bram, Wilma, Frank, Nicolette, Danja, Annelies, Guido, Jannet, Rob and others. We hung out at the café for hours. Afterwards, F and Guido took me out to dinner at a Greek restaurant (Delphi on the Nieuwe Rijn). Loved the food! Oh, and there were presents, too, even though I had asked people to pay for their own drinks as a present. I haven't asked consent for placing photo's of all my guests, so I can only show you a couple of photo's.
I forgot to include a scented candle R gave me. (Please don't take that as inspiration to get me scented candles or scented anything; I appreciated the gesture but I'm overly sensitive to such smells; they make me feel ill.)
More Doctor Who with Maarten. We 'caught up', so now we have to wait untill the next series...
Dinner with Roeland, J and S. We had a nice evening!
Bram and I hung out on a Thursday. He'd bought pieces of cake as a belated birthday present (yum!) and we saw 'Wallace & Gromit and the curse of the ware rabbit' and 'Enders game', with dinner inbetween.
After my cold was over, I studied very hard for an exam on Greek and Roman Antiquity, but didn't manage to learn enough to dare take the exam. Bummer, because my next chance for this exam isn't untill June...
I attended a new years reception at the former KIT in Amsterdam with Bram, Annelies and Maarten, and met up with other friends and acquaintances. We attended lectures, about plastic waste and about what type of animal we are in an organization (appearently, I'm a lion. Roar!). There were drinks and new years wishes. Afterwards, the four of us headed back to Leiden and had dinner at 'India way', a tandoori restaurant that had been on my wishlist to visit for a very long time. We had a lovely dinner and came away with very full bellies.
I attended two days of an Open University seminar on difficult heritage in museums. Loved it! There were lectures and we visited Museum Vrolik and the Nieuwe Kerk.
Roeland and I went to Heerlen, where he had to act as a lawyer to get his bachelor's degree in Dutch Law. He passed. His last exam also went well so hopefully... There were lots of students and the organization had made a whole day out of it, with vlaai (the regional pastry over there) and a good lunch. Someone even arranged a seperate room for me so I could study for my exam for a couple of hours until Roel's turn was up. We also got a tour of Open University's campus (which we as distant learners usually don't get to see).
They even got to dress up for the part :-)
The warehouse with study books.
More hanging out with Bram. We visited the Sieboldhuis museum. He had gotten us some moorkoppen (large cream puffs with chocolate glazing). Yup, definitely a trend... (let's not talk about what this very enjoyable trend is doing to my relationship with the scale, all right?! ;-) )
I ended the month with a couple of days in Ghent, visiting the light festival with Maarten. I so love this city! We were very happy that they brought back the light festival after skipping a couple of years. And off course there were some museum visits to make, Van Eycks to worship and hot chocolate to drink.