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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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Ali Edwards
Celine Navarro
Michelle LaPoint Rydell
Elise Blaha
Les ateliers de Karine
Amy Tangerine
A Beautiful Mess
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Maarten Batenburg
Museum Meermanno
Roeland van Wely

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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.
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 AverroŽs 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.

Geplaatst op 02-06-2015.
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