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26 September 2008 @ 01:16 am
I grew up in Dublin. I love Dublin. If I grew up on a farm, and was retarded Bruges might impress me  
Thought I'd take a chance to update. It's 7am here, 1am to the East coasters back home, and it's so quiet here in the castle. Alot of kids have already gone off (popular destinations this weekend: Germany, Prague, and where we're going -- Belgium) and campus is calm.

Amsterdam was beautiful, lazy, unexpectedly Parisian and all together amazing. The Dutch culture is really something I'm starting to get to admire, it's so different from America, even though at first glance it doesn't seem so. I put the pictures up on my Flickr page straight away, so you can see them now. I had a blast, didn't sleep much (our budget hotel was so nice though! Hotel Trianon. The bathroom was slightly grotty but we had clean linens and fresh shampoos and soaps and stuff like that), very friendly front desk staff!

We saw all the museums -- Van Gogh, Rijks! (for personal reasons I did not go into Anne Frank's house) -- walked the Red Light District, met some locals, rode the tram, had a living statue freak out at us, and all in all had an absolutely perfect first excursion. Since then I've been really looking forward to other trips and booking other things, got my flights down already, we're reserving train seats when we get to Brussels.

Yes! Brussels! So in an hour we're headed to Belgium! Bruges via Brussels technically -- YES BRUGES. Like In Bruges, where Colin Farrell's an assassin. I very much wanted to see Belgium but I'm not sure there'll be things to do in Bruges, for 3 days, well 2 and a half. We hit Amsterdam for 24 hours and there was so much to see/do that I obviously missed alot... I don't know, I should probably appreciate the lazy paced weekend since I (like everyone else) am getting sick. I'm fighting it with vitamins and oranges and sleep and everything I can think of! Wish me health and luck!

Hopefully I'll get to post more about actual Bruges, Amsterdam is kind of a blur and this whole week has been so hectic -- America night was insane apparently (I went this time, so much fun, but left before 1am), classes are picking up, etc.

I've come to realize just how fast this semester will be. 2 weeks done? No way! 2/15 -- when did that happen?! The weeks whiz by and the travel seems to go by faster. If you're coming to the program, you'll see just how fast it is! I will say it helps with homesickness though.

Okay off to finish packing up my things, put on shoes, get coffee, straighten up, clean and meet my group out front of the school. I'll be back Sunday, hopefully feeling better and with some stories to tell!

P.S. The title of this post is a quote from In Bruges
 
 
 
kate_astrophe1000ml_of_life on September 28th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Did I mention how glad I am that we got up early to see that movie?
I feel like it, in some silly way, changed the course of my life.
fraschjice: pic#114387598fraschjice on July 23rd, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)