Oh, how I love weekends.
Friday was the first day of project where I got to meet my coach. He seems like I can learn a lot from him, and he’s very friendly. Our project group had a nice casual discussion with him and I get to have a private coach meeting with him next week (where I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to show some progress on my project- eeeek!) One funny thing he mentioned when we met is that he had already googled me. “You have a website already, no?” he said. I think I turned about the brightest shade of red allowed. It was both exciting and embarrassing to know he’d looked up my work on the internet. But that’s what I have the website for, anyway.
After class on Friday, I went out with my New Zealander friend, Nichola. Our favorite pub to meet at has been the Tipsy Duck, probably because so many International students hang out there and the bartenders are really friendly. The Tipsy Duck played everything from typical European techno, to Sweet Home Alabama and Sweet Child O’ Mine. I appreciated the American anthems!
We also have another favorite bar called Altstadt. I checked it out initially on the day it was snowing (there are only so many snowflakes my hair can handle) and because it had free Wi-Fi. But now we like it because of the atmosphere and the music. The bar plays a lot of alternative rock, and it’s kind of dark and mysterious inside…in a good way, of course. The design of the bar also makes it easy to meet and mingle with new people (although the loud music is perhaps not the best way to start a conversation. oh well). We stayed at Altstadt with our new friends until almost closing time. It was a good night. And I finally learned the fast way to walk from my apartment to the city center (nearly a 30 minute walk). Which means next time, I can bike and it will be even quicker!
Saturday was a fun day as well. After a bit of sleeping in, flatmate Juan took me and my Singaporean flatmate, Carling, to the Saturday afternoon market that is only a few minutes away from our place. You can buy literally anything there- it’s like a huge outdoor mall. The best part is the stroopwafels that are hot and fresh that you can buy for 1 euro. Mmmm. We also bought some chicken so that Juan and I could make a lunch he used to eat with his old flatmates (Carling and I live in their rooms now). The chicken is a huge leg for 1.75 euro and its so delicious. We made rice with it and it was perfect. After lunch we took a siesta (I swear, I’m learning more about the Spaniards because I am around them at home, the most). Juan plays ice hockey at the rink slightly outside of Eindhoven and he had free tickets to an allstar game. It was the Netherlands National team versus the all-stars from all of the Dutch leagues. So after the naptime, we (me, Juan, and all of Juan’s friends from Spain) bundled up, got on our bikes, and braved the chilly 6km bikeride to the ice hockey rink. The game was really fun (all-star team won in overtime!) and we also got to watch some amusing hockey challenge games that they played before the actual match. PS- Dutch hockey players are really hot. …Does that make me a “skate-chaser”?
The game ended at nearly 11pm and we rode an even colder 6km back home, where we were exhausted. Ate some dinner (I told you. Now I’m eating meals like a Spaniard) and went to sleep.
All-in-all a great weekend. But I’m sure I will have even better stories for you next week, because next week is CARNAVAL! Which reminds me, I need to find a costume.