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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Book Lines Karen Joy Fowler - We are all completely besides ourselves
Roeland picked this one up when travelling in England. We were not as enthusiastic as the quoted sources on the cover. But even though I saw that twist coming and despite the overly moralizing parts (however right those are, I don't read fiction for something like that) I quite enjoyed reading this book.
I spent a lot of time studying for my exams on Argumentation and Cultural history of Antiquity. I had asked permission to take the exams on a computer because during my exam in April I have found that writing that much has become too much of a problem due to my fibromyalgia. It just hurts, which is distracting, and my hands hurt for days afterwards. I got stuck between rules and regulations with the required documents, it was quite stressful, but the people involved did try to help. A couple of weeks before the exams I got the word that permission had been granted, yay! It might take up to six weeks before I get the results...
Greek dinner with Bram, outside on a sunny day.
Bram, B and I had dinner with a group of people in Almere and then attended a night of 'Celt'n'Folk' at Poppodium De Meester. We enjoyed Sowulo, Tipsy Gipsy, Rastaban, Robert den Hartigh and Cesair.
Maarten, Bram, Annelies and I saw the rest of the Harry Potter movies during two more film marathons. Magical :-) Breaks outside, laying in the grass. Nice dinners (thanks Annelies!). And we're starting to get the hang of somewhat healthier yet delicious snacks and desserts :-)
I got a cold. What is it with me and colds right before exams?! Fortunately, I was able to keep studying, although not as much as I needed. I had to skip roleplaying, and therefor the end of our adventure and the introduction to the new one.
I started thinking about new costumes for the fantasy fairs. Something more elaborate when it comes to gothic (I have a gothic dress but eye make-up and doing something more interesting with my hair might spruce it up a little). And maybe a wood elf? I've made pinterest boards for inspiration (for the wood elf and for a gothic costume) and experimented a little with what is hanging in my closet:
After my exams I moved to Wilma and Fred's place. My room isn't quite ready and we'll be bringing some of my things in over the next few weeks, but it will be nice to have a space of my own and live in one place again.
Packing my stuff in Leiden.
Moving means seeing a lot less of my friends Roeland and poes Poes. But I'll be visiting them regularly.
Moving also means sharing a house with Wilma, Fred, bunny Ilse, cat Luka and, pictured above, Mala. Who appearently likes to keep me company when I'm eating or cooking.
Drinks with Maarten, Fran and Bram in Leiden.
Bram, as he put it 'wanted to put my walking abilities to the test' ;-) And that's just what we did. We walked the NS Meijendel-route, 12km. It was a bit too much for my ME-body after two intense weeks of studying on too little sleep, but man, what a nice day we had!
When I wasn't even properly settled into my new room, J came over for the weekend. I've stayed at his place a couple of times over the past year and it's nice to be able to have friends stay over at my place now, especially when we have late night plans or when they live further away so visiting for just a day is a hassle.
While J was staying with me, Maarten, Frank, Annelies and Bram came over for a barbecue. Wilma and Fred joined as well. Since I wasn't properly settled upstairs, we used W+F's back yard in stead of my roof terrace.
B, Guido, J and I attended Parkpop. I had never been there before and had quite a nice day. The music was all right, except for Frans Bauer's which is anything but my cup of tea.
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.
After the Stedelijk I went to the Allard Pierson Museum, that shares a building with UVA's Special collections. Special collections had an exhibition on graphic design before, during and after WW2; Goed fout. I wanted to see it in case it was useful for my review of the Geaarde Kunst-exhibition in Arnhem.
Bram joined me for a quick look at the 'De wereld draait door pop-up'-exhibition, that has prompted some discussion in the museum world earlier this year. I wanted to see it for myself.
After closing time we walked around town for a while and had dinner at LaPlace on the top floor of the public library. We attended the Salon de Museologie, about the future of museums, looked at from a perspective that takes into account the movements of social change that have been popping up over the past years.
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 headed back in the direction of Zoetermeer but got off the train at some point en-route to eat Marcel's birthday cake help Marcel celebrate his birthday. Which involved cake. And then more cake.
A visit to 's-Hertogenbosch isn't complete without a stop at the Chocolate Company...
This vending machine has an ad on the front promoting Sourcy vitamin water. "Buy it now!". Yeah, I would've liked to, but there was no Vitamin water in the machine! :-/ The one time advertisement wins me over, and then it doesn't deliver. #fail
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.
On our way back west we stopped at Arnhem to meet up with Martijn. The three of us had dinner at Indian restaurant Kohinoor of India and went for a walk before Bram and I caught a train back west.
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.
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?