Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Ice Ice Baby

A week went by and I am feeling incredible. Christmas was amazing and I got lots of presents from Santa! I know that Christmas is all about giving and not about taking, so I gave a lot of… who am I kidding!?! I ate, drunk and partied loads! But, I must say that I did give presents to family and friends (I was told by Santa to do so).
With Christmas, we always cook our own food on the table with a ‘kind of grill’ and little pans underneath the grill. Everybody picks their own food and fry’s whatever they like. So you can make it as greasy and meaty as you want.  I even watched The Santa Clause 1, 2 & 3 and Home Alone 1, 2, 3 & 4. I sooo want to be Santa Claus at the moment, so that is why I am growing a beard again, but my mum says that it makes me looks scruffy… THAT IS THE LOOK I AIMED FOR!
Anyway, on Sunday I went to the local club and when I walked back home it was really icy on the roads. Just as I said the words ‘Oh boy, it looks really slippery, just be aware that you don’t f…’ I smacked my face into the snow! TRICE! Besides that, I had a crazy night and had a boozy time.
Anyway, it is really icy over here and I might go ice-skating tomorrow. I hate ice-skating, but my friends forced me… let’s say we need to spend some quality time. Oh, and I need to buy some clothes for my parents’ anniversary and ehmm… I looked through my stuff in my room and apparently I have 500 black balloons and 19 green XS shirts in a box underneath my bed, so if anybody is interested. I have no clue where I could use the balloons for, but the shirts… I suppose 4 XS sizes together is a XL as well :D

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Doctor Who

I started preparing for my trip to Holland on Friday night and even though I felt really dizzy and was coughing a lot, I went to Sainsbury’s to buy some mince pies for my family (cause they never had one). I bought myself loads of coke and red bull, so I would not fall of the stairs (again), due to the dizziness. I was so hoping that I could travel like the Doctor, but I definitely needed to go by bus, train and plane. I packed my bag full of clothes, mince pies, coke and red bull and went by bus to Stansted airport. Luckily, the flight was still going on and because I didn’t sleep during the night I had a nice 50 minute nap in the plane. When I walked to the train station in Eindhoven, I had to wait over 1 hour for the train…. I MISS LONDON! The trip took 12 hours and a bit, in total. Normally it takes 7 hours, so I was pretty tired. On top of that, the bus broke down, so we had to wait for another bus to show up ( in my village, the busses pass every 45 minutes!)
When I got home, I went to bed and slept over 18 hours. I felt really ill, so I went to the doc on Monday. I asked her: ‘what’s up doc?’… and she said that I had something with my lungs. I even had to go to the hospital to take pica’s of my lungs, but luckily, it’s just an infection. Anyway, I am feeling lots better now, and I am looking forward to my first pint :D … It is nearly Christmas, so I am going to the big city tonight (5 miles away) to buy some gifts. Oh and I am going to buy a lottery ticket, so I hope I’ll win the jackpot... ( chances that I win is 1 in 3,2 million!)

PS… I am thinking about writing a sitcom as they give away 5,000 pounds for the winning sitcom! I will talk to you about that later ;) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!



Thursday, 16 December 2010

‘This is how we do it!’


Honestly, I am surprised that I could get up this morning at 6am, because it was a hell of a week (in a positive way)! Last Saturday, we had an office Christmas dinner and the atmosphere was amazing. I got Italian meatballs as a starter, but the rest of the food was a first timer. I had my first ever turkey Christmas dinner with cranberry sauce, my first ever Yorkshire pudding, my first ever amoretti cheesecake and a very nice home brewed beer or two J.
Ohhh, and I never had a Christmas cracker before. They are sooo amazing! But I did know that you didn’t have to eat it btw. Even though, the gift was a little ring, which was three sizes too small for my little finger, and the paper crown did only fit on my head if I tore it apart for a bit and it was pink as well, it was still massively enjoyable! Oh, oh, oh (that is what I say when I am enthusiastic) I got a gift from secret Santa as well, and I got a massive jug of sweets! (Thanks Miss Secret Santa Uzma) I have never seen so many sweets before. On top on that, I got another massive jug of sweets because of a twitter competition, which I did not really win, but still won? I have no idea either, but I just wanna say the sweets are nice! (Thanks Secret Enquiry Unit Santa)
Afterwards we went for a drink at O’Neil’s in Blackheath, but only the die-hards stayed until midnight. So this all took place just on a Friday, and on Saturday I decorated the house with Anthony (my housemate). We put up the Christmas tree, put the lights on and made the staircase bit into Santa! It looks so nice and Christmassy! And on Monday and Tuesday something amazing happened! I did a business presentation, and apparently the student life talks I did helped me, because I never got higher than 50 or 60% for an individual piece of work or presentation. However, now I got a massively 76% for my presentation!!! That was maybe because I took some flour in a bag and pretended it was cocaine, or because I made fun of my own presentation... anyway it WORKED!
Oh and on Tuesday I did something amazing as well... I ... honestly, it is not a lie ... I ... I cleaned the house! I cleaned not only my room, but cleaned the staircase and stuff like that! I never do that, but I thought that my housemates would appreciate it and Aimee was cooking a Christmas dinner for me, so I was like, yeahhhh let’s do it. She cooked the dinner, because we were planning to have a Christmas party. The whole house and some friends came together and with the 13 of us we had a great time. Once again I had nice and moist turkey, burned Yorkshire pudding, cranberry sauce and many Christmas crackers! Oh, and it was Tim’s (Aimee’s not boyfriend’s?) Birthday, so we sang a lot and he put his own face in a cake... oh and we had a food fight! So yeah, I never write blogs as long as this one, but I just had to tell you how amazing my week was. I am going to Holland on Saturday, but I will try to keep you up to date.
I wish you all an amazing holiday!

Thursday, 9 December 2010

I’m feeling dead(lines)!

Hi everyone, thanks for reading my blogs! I have heard that even people from Russia read my blogs so I just want to say: Как поживаешь? Which should mean something like ‘how are you?’, by the way, if it means something rude... haha sorry: P ... if you go to our (enquiry unit) face book account (click on the link next to this blog) you can ask me questions or tell me where you are from, and I will try to write in your language.
Anyway, it has been a very busy week, because besides making another 12 pizzas, I had two essays to hand in and a presentation to do. The essays were both approx 4,000 words so that was OK. But, because I was kinda lazy, I left one of the essays until the day before the deadline, so I had to write 4,000 words from scratch in a day,,,, which was of course very doable.
The presentation went OK. It was about an event we are going to organise next year in March, so if you wanna come ;) It is called ‘I love the 90’s’. Yes I know! You tried so hard to forget the 90’s, but are you sure you don’t want to play Sonic the Hedgehog games, sing-along with the spice girls, rap with the fresh prince of bell air or eat some amazing sherbet dip dab?! I will write blogs about it next year, to describe the process and of course to remind you to attend this event. We are planning to do some fancy dress as well, so the presentation I did, had to be fancy dressed... I wanted to go as Sonic. I ordered blue face paint and hairspray online, paid extra for speed delivery, made shoes of paper (yeah, I realised that snow and paper don’t mix properly) and got my housemates tight blue shirt to make it look slim fit. Anyway, to make a short story long, the delivery did not show up on Friday, neither on Saturday or Sunday, but came on Monday around 12, while my presentation was at 10.15... Handy! So I had to change my outfit and went as Pierce Brosnan (007). I wore a suit and because I do not really (maybe a bit) look like Pierce, I printed out James Bond his face, cut it out, put it on a stick and tadaa! I WAS 007! (on a scooter, because that was 90’s as well)!!
Oh and I nearly forgot to mention, I went to a pantomime last Saturday and it was my first panto ever. The Pantomime of Cinderella! I know it sounds a bit wimpy, and when I walked in there were many, many kids. But first of all it was a gift, which is a nice gesture, but second of all, because it was amazing! It was the funniest thing I’ve seen in ages! AND I WANT TO GO AGAIN! (I wish I knew where my Cinderella is ;))
 


Thursday, 2 December 2010

Let’s talk about snow!

Let’s talk about snow!

Or shall we not?! Because everybody knows that there is a bit of snow around. And everybody knows that the buses are kinda sliding down the hill, which is fun though. Last night, I couldn’t fall asleep, so my housemate and I decided (at 2 am) that we wanted to go sledging down the hill. It was wicked! However, the road was a bit hard when I smacked my head into the ground. We were trying to skateboard on a child’s sledge down the hill, we were struggling in the beginning and nearly hit two cars (we had no lights on) but at the end it went pretty well. It is sooo nice to live in a ‘hill-ish’ place! :D

Anyway, I did do more stuff this week, besides playing in the snow in the dark. I did some coursework, wrote a blog, attended lectures, bladiebla blaaa... boring stuff.... and I MADE PIZZA! I It was my first time ever and it was marvellous!!!! It was sooo easy to make, but just a little detail (my kitchen looked like my garden,,,, completely white! Because of the flour). Anyway, the pizza was really nice and I think I made over 12 pizza’s.... I know it is a lot, but as it was homemade I suppose it is healthy plus.... is it cheap! I made BBQ chicken, pepperoni, margarita and ahhh I’ve got plenty dough left!

Little recipe?

Dough
2 cups of flour
½ cup of sugar
1 table spoon of dry active yeast
1 tea spoon of salt

mix this with a cup of water and tadaa! You’ve got the dough! Put s some tomato puree in a bowl, add a bit of sugar, salt, oil, garlic and water. Heat this and you’ve got your sauce :D
Life is so easy when you can make your own pizza!  Ps.: Pizza is healthy, isn’t it? Because there is water in it and...

Thursday, 25 November 2010

A masculine rainbow


Wow, what a week! I just got back from Holland and no! I did not eat the cake which makes you go la-la! But I did have a great time with my friends and family. We went to pubs, played poker, drunk a half a pint (that’s what Dutch do) and threw a dart in my mate’s hand. Besides this, nothing special happened. Oh, but I did watch Harry Potter! And whoop whoop! I loved the first part... Hermoine is pretty though! But of course, I went to the cinema for the story!

I got back ‘home’ (I am never sure if I call this home, or if I call home, home is that makes sense. That is why I call England home and the Netherlands ‘home home’ ). Anyway I came to this place on Tuesday and I think I had a jetlag. Those 45 minutes of flying made me fall asleep, spit a bit on myself, and made myself go to bed early that same evening. The next day was a day of hard work, because I worked on a UCAS event on Wednesday. It was an amazing day though, with a lot of fun and goodies. I worked with a lot of nice people and I met Laura and Laura, both of the girls were fun, pretty and a bit crazy :P ... but as Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother always says: The hotter a girl is, the more craziness is allowed!  
Anyway, it was an amazing crazy day. And I even got a free USB stick and a painting! The painting is so colourful, but male-ish that I must say that it looks like the most masculine rainbow I have ever seen. Free decoration is the best thing ever, this means that I can spend that money (which otherwise would be spend on decoration) on non alcoholic booze!)
PS.: It is nearly Christmas! And I just found out that I need to buy a gift for someone who ehm,,, let’s say the boss of the gifts :P ... any suggestions?

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Home-alicious

Whoop, whoop! I am writing to you from Holland, as I am on a kind of ‘Illegal and unofficial holiday’. I am here, because it is my mom’s birthday and I didn’t want to miss it trice in a row. I missed it last year and the year before, because I had to do uni work. However, I decided that it was time to visit my family, to get some free food and to do utterly nothing! Some people ask me questions like: ‘are you looking forward to go home for a couple of days?’ The only response I can give them is: ‘Dohh they’ve got money!’ And you have read in the previous blogs how poor I am, so I suppose you understand where I am coming from.

It is freezing here though, just like it is in England. Oh and a nice detail, my parents bought a new car, which is a Peugeot convertible blablabla… You might kinda know me already, if you have been following me, and if you did… you may guess what I have done. Yes I know it was freezing, chilly, nippy or whichever word you want to chose, but I just wanted to drive roofless… so I did! Oh my Good Fellow Pizza! It was sooooo cold, but cool though. I must say that some girls where starring at me ….. no that’s not really true. It is not a busy village, and we have more cows than people, so not much response from girls, neither from cows.

Anyway, I love being back for a couple of days, because I can eat Dutch food, but unfortunately drink Dutch Beers as well. Dutch beers are tasty, but the thing is that they only do half a pints and a massive foamy head. I prefer the English pints and I must admit that I am kinda missing you in London (Im talking to the beer).

Talking about London. My housemate Aimee brought a scooter home, and that was amazing. Firstly, I jumped of the steps in my kitchen and dining room with the scooter, and that was amazing! After that, I decided to go to uni and as I live in a hill-ish place, I decided to take to scooter to uni. OH MY $^&*() those hills are steeeep!!! I believe that I was really lucky that I didn’t fall into the bushes, but I was going fast!!! It was wicked!

Anyway, I speak to you next week ;)

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Poppy loss


Oh, I understand why there are mean and ‘unnice’ people on this planet, because it is hard to be nice. I tried being nice, four times this week, and it is not really working. As you might have noticed, it is poppy time again, so I decided to buy my first poppy ever! I put it on and within an hour, I had been hustled! My poppy was gone, so it might have fallen off, but I am not really sure. This is because I bought three more poppies and I kept losing them!!! I JUST WANT A POPPY TO STAY ON! (if that makes sense)
Anyway, a really nice opportunity rose last week. I was asked to work for an AIDS and HIV conference on Monday and Tuesday. The director of the UK consortium on Aids and HIV support called me with the question: ‘what would you say about doing some volunteer work on the Aids and HIV conference this week?’ I said that I was ‘positive’ about that, which might have been the wrong word to use. It made the conversation go quiet for a few seconds, but I managed to get there on Monday and Tuesday and I even met Stephen O’Bryan. Who is Stephy O? He, my dear readers, is the cause of yesterdays ravage at and within the Mill Bank tower (remember my picture?). No sorry, I am not being fair. Stephen O’Bryan might be the minister of Education, but he is not the cause of the troubles. He is a nice man, and I bet that if you dress him up as Santa, you will consider him being the real one.
Anyway, what a busy week, so much to do and so little time! During the weekend I was working at the Top Gear event at Earl’s court as well and the cars were amazing. Personally I’m more a pick-up truck kind of a guy and don’t like the low, fast cars, because I always think I can’t get out of those cars... and that was true,. It was a hell, trying to get out of a Lamborghini, but fair enough... it looks amazing!

PS.: Note to myself, Sam just promised me that he will buy me a burger when I turn 35. And as this stays on the internet forever, I will not forget that! Btw, it is a bit silly though, I don’t think he heard about inflation, because a burger would be far more expensive in about 14 years than it is at the moment!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

The ‘Lord Alan Sugar’ part of my life (luxury-wise)

People often say that university is all about books, essays, lectures and other boring stuff, but they always forget to mention school trips. Last Monday, I got the day off at university and we went to the Mill Bank Tower in central London. We went there to get a tour inside and around their venues, so I was like how much does it cost to rent a room like this for a day. Answer: TWENTY BEEP THOUSAND POUNDS... I was like: ‘dude! Do you know how many cans of tomato crème soup you can buy at Lidle for that amount of money!?’ So I was wondering if they did a student discount, but they did not offer that. I was like ‘ahhh why not’? But that didn’t help. The view was amazing though (29th floor) J

Tuesday was the day that I needed to give a business presentation. It was for the course Enterprise in Events and it counts for 20% towards my final grade, so I was like: Let’s talk about drugs!...
... and the bad side effects of it. Not meaning the headaches, trips and sweaty armpits. I am talking about the 4,000,000,000 pounds the government puts into the fight against drugs. To cheer up the sad message of my presentation I had a bit of flour in a transparent sachet and pretended it was coc*ine. Afterwards I was not sure if my business presentation was businessy enough though, but who cares, I had fun!
Oh oh oh oh btw, I am so enthusiastic! I am going to work for the Times Newspapers on the MPH Top Gear event at Earls Court this Saturday and Sunday! I have no idea what I need to do, or where exactly I need to be (but I have sat nav on my phone ‘whiehoe!’)... but I will definitely sit in the most expensive cars in the world. And if there is a little moment of people not watching me, I might silently turn on the engine of the kinda not so silent Ferrari and drive back home. Oh and the trio of Top Gear will be there as well, so I might challenge them for a race!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Eat, drink and be scary

‘This Halloween the most popular mask is the Arnold Schwarzenegger mask.  And the best part?  With a mouth full of candy you will sound just like him’

Yes, it is nearly Halloween!!  And oh, I am so excited, because this Friday I am going to do some ‘Trick or Treat’ activities. I have never done Trick or Treat, because we do not really celebrate Halloween in my country. I know Halloween and Trick or Treat are for kids but what the hell I just want to give it a shot. The only problem is that I do not really know how it works. I know that you need to dress up like a freak (I will wear my friend’s clothes)  and then you need to ring the doorbell and scream trick or treat... but imagine a not so skinny/small bloke standing in front of your door, saying with a deep and muscular voice ‘ Trick or Treat’. That might become a bit awkward.... and what do I do when they won’t give me any sweets, because I am not sure if there needs to be a consequence... and  if there needs to be one, what do I need to do?

Oh it is so hard to be scary and get some sweets. I hope I find somebody who wants to ‘Trick or Treat’ with me. The only thing is, when I ask a girl ‘Do you like to Trick or Treat with me?’  Some just laugh and think I am joking, but others think I am being dirty. Anyway, I am going to do my best to find a partner in crime, so if you have any suggestions, please comment on my blog ;)....

Oh two years ago, by the way, was my first Halloween experience and I was dressed up as Sweeny Todd. It was so cool, and some people thought I was bleeding for real, which I was... I kept bleeding, kept, kept bleeding for love... (Leona Lewis?)

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Deadlines WHELP!

This day might be a day of change (YES WE CAN!). I never started a blog writing about deadlines and today… I am going to talk about how important it is to meet deadlines!  ‘Yes, I am shocked as well!!!

I just got a call from my Dutch friends and they missed their *&^%()*& flight! They didn’t leave their house on time and got stuck in traffic… You know probably know a guy or girl who is always late for classes, never hand in assignments or if he does, its spot on time, or just a bit too late. My friend is one of them and he showed today that deadlines are not only important at work or university, but significantly in your own life! Anyway, he has a seat on a plane which leaves in about an hour, but why did you miss your flight?!?

Three of my mates are coming over this week, but to be fair, I don’t have any money and have very little time,,, so I might need to skip a few appointments or borrow some money, but we are definitely going to P.A.R.T.Y. They are staying over at my place, meaning that the number of housemates nearly doubles. So that means free accommodation for them, so I assume that they buy me a NON ALCOHOLIC ;) beer and a pizza! Or maybe even two, but they are Dutch so they might not do it as well.

Oh btw, I am soooo tired, I worked on an award ceremony yesterday from 9 AM ‘til 7 PM. I stood outside for nearly all of those hours and it was freezing! I was helping out with the award ceremony and I raised some money for the alumni fund (spam: more information about alumni on our website ;)). And the day before yesterday, I gave tours at the university to teenagers who were amazed by the buildings. Anyway, the end of my blog is near so I will end with a quote of one of students: ‘I did not expect the university to have computers, because the buildings look so old’.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Many Questions. No Answers

Normally I try to write blogs, which are entertaining, informative or funny. To be fair, I wrote a blog ticking those boxes or at least one of them, but my mood changed drastically today. I did not find it appropriate to send something in, which made it look like nothing happened. What I am going to bring you is sad news, which affected my entire year, its students and many others.
Today, 11 October 2010, the head of business school came into the lecture theatre and brought us shocking news. Jose Gallego, for some a classmate, for many a good friend, was found dead.  
Nobody knows what happened, nobody knows why, but all we can say is that he will be missed a lot. He was a nice and friendly guy. He loved joking around, was a great student and ... I don’t really know what to say.... it is a sad day.
Rest in Peace, Jose Gallego


* Thanks to Tina for the Photo.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Stuck on a page...

Before I started writing this blog, I had to touch wood, because you never know what is going to happen. Anyway, as far as I am aware, my life is going like cream! Nice and smooth! Last Saturday, we had a couch surfer from America in our house! We didn’t know her, but she liked our profile so much that she decided to stay at our place. You might be thinking, why would you host a random person in your house?! That is not safe! And you’re not acting responsibly! I must admit that this was my first reaction as well, but this is the story behind it...
I have a profile on this ‘couchsurfing’ website, where people can read my profile and see my pictures. It is just like your Face book page, but differs in the details. On this site are only people who love travelling, but are too student-ish (poor) to afford accommodation. However, here you are able to get in touch with all kinds of travellers around the world, willing to offer you a place to stay for free or give you tours around their city! In return they go to other (or your) city and sleep for free on somebody else’s couch and because of the pictures you can see and the profile you can read, you can make a judgement about that particular person. I know more about some couch surfers than I know about my friends... To be fair, how much do you know about your classmate, sitting at the far back of the class room? Besides this, people are able to write references about the hosts and guests. This results in opinions about that particular person, if he was friendly, boring, weird or smelly... More importantly, nobody can change the references except the person who wrote it, so you can get a fair opinion about a host or guest...
So thanks to this you are able to experience the world cheaply and develop your knowledge about other cultures and countries! That makes life pretty good, and why wouldn't it be? I'm a student, after all. Even though, coursework deadlines are standing ready around the corner to scare me, there are plenty of times when I have a laugh or two, but I want to have those moments abroad too! I might plan a trip to Spain or Italy or New York or...
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” but be careful if you go couch surfing, it is better to go together with a friend!  

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

To do or not to do, that is the question.

When people meet you, your first impression is essential! There is no second first impression or no romantic love at second sight. I know that when people meet me, their first impression is that I am too laid back, too loud and absolutely not organised. Unfortunately, this is as true as a polygraph. Nevertheless, I have a to-do list and a list with the top three things I do not want to experience during my life.
Number three of my things-I-do-not-want-to-experience-list is the classic standing naked in front of a classroom. Unless it is contributes something to the outcome (that is what great actors say anyway).  My second thing I do not want to experience is scampi! My body shivers when I think about them! The first place is not taken by something material, but by a feeling. I rather have a feeling of regret than a feeling of ‘why did I not try/do that?’ My slogan is: Better sorry than safe!
Regarding this top 3 and especially number one, I made a little to-do list. This list is growing week by week and includes everything I want to do before I die. Some might seem ridiculous, but it works for me. One of the things I did was stand-up comedy on an open mic night. Not because I wanted to do this, but I just wanted to try! The same is with X factor. I know I am not the best singer, but I just wanted to do audition, so I could say that I tried. What I want to say is, don’t be afraid to do what you want to do, even when other people say it is ridiculous. Everybody should have a to-do list and if you do not know what to write on your to-do list, write on it that you want to make a to-do list and tick that box! This all led to last Friday, when I have added a new subject which is ‘to grow a goatee!’ Yes I know, it does not have to do anything with university, but it does introduce the mature stage of my student life! Imagine my avatar with a goatee! How nice is that?! Anyway it is time for some real information!
Now the Fresher’s week is over, university life is starting again. I had my first lecture last Monday starting at 1pm. I know that it is early and even though the whole campus was taken over by pirates, I managed to get in on time. You might think ‘Pirates?’ ‘What The Flower?’ Yeah, Johnny Depp and his co-pirates are shooting the 4th chapter of Pirates of the Caribbean. It is a weird feeling though, when you are paying attention to the things being said in the lectures, and at the background you hear ‘I've had it! I've had it with wobbly-legged, rum-soaked PIRATES!’.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Empire State Of Mind

I do remember my promise of last week to write about my current job(s), but this week is Fresher’s week and because this is the beginning of the year, I think I am allowed to break a few promises. Besides that, I know I am meant to be talking about the Fresher’s week, because that is what this whole week is all about. You don’t hear, see or smell anything else than Fresh, and smelling fresh is not common while being a student... No, just kidding (or like they say on face book ‘jk’, which I thought meant ‘joke’, but the trendsetters told me it means ‘just kidding’ ).  I can only speak for myself, but I won’t. Students do smell fresh, because that’s what the birds like (Jay Cartwright of the Inbetweeners). 
Being a Fresher means that you are a new student at the university, so I assume you want to hear about the parties, poker nights, student societies, student unions, booz and pranks... But not everybody is a party animal like me. Besides that, many other blogs will say things about these massive events organised by the university and their students, so that is why I am going to discuss a different side of me, and a different side of life. I am currently in the process of learning what the adult version of me likes to do, but I have learned that ...
Yeaaaaah there we go!!! WOEHOE, *is playing AIRGUITAR!* Sorry I am a bit distracted, because while I am writing this blog in the Dome at Avery Hill, somebody turned on his radio playing ‘Don’t stop me now’ by good old Queen. This is Fresher’s week and while the presidents are promoting their societies, I am singing along and it can be possible that my blog won’t make sense, but now you know why. The only thing I miss is a pint of Stella – ‘ella – ella eeh eeh eeh under my umbrella’.
I reached the end of my blog again and I know that you didn’t get the information you were expecting, but I promise you that next week will be more informative! With Michael Jackson as background music, I can say that being a student is wicked!
JUST BEAT IT!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

I Did It My Way

Dear readers and people who are just starring at my blog. I don’t know, if you read my first blog, but if you didn’t, good job! As this blog is more important and introducing the most ‘different’ week of my life, so far. Starting with last night, 0:28 AM, I just got delivered a pizza, chicken wings and a coke, not because I was hungry, but just because I was able to buy it. I was so happy with the money I got for the work* I did, that I nearly forgot not to spend it all at once. Luckily, I was able to recover and not be in the same situation as I was in last weekend, which will always remind me of how it is to be a poor student, as I survived the whole weekend with 71 p(ENCE) not p(OUNDS).

You are probably wondering how I survived the weekend, note it is a student weekend (meaning it is around 3 days), without any legal ways to get food or drinks. Yes indeed, there are no legal ways to survive, besides ‘borrowing stuff from my house mate’s cabinets’ which I might have been doing.

So the good news was the money, I was so happy that I went to Sainsbury’s earlier that day to buy food and drinks. I really like pizza, coke and the usual bloke-ish stuff. So there I was, me and my trolley against the store! And I bought...

Gin (which I don’t like)
Tonic (blegh!)
Weird kind of healthy, spicy lemonade (whatever)
Lettuce (I hate grass-related food)
Tomatoes (or for the Americans tomatoes, but I don’t like them either way)
Seafood (I like fish fingers or salmon, but I bought tuna)
and dry unroasted unsalted ‘untasty’ peanuts....

So no pizza, chips, or other great food and I only realised this when I came home. I don’t know what happened in the shop, but I can genuinely say that I was surprised what type of groceries I brought home. Nevertheless, I cooked some amazing healthy meals and noticed that I am changing into a healthy student! HELP!

*(I will tell you more my work in my next blog)

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Student Antics

Being a student, can reflect an image of being poor, stressed and stuck to your coursework. Fortunately, this is not strictly true. Okay, being poor is one of the things many students struggle with, but students like us are still rich, because of other things *is going to use an academic way of saying ‘like’* such as meeting people, trying food from different cultures and countries, having a laugh, going out or fancy dress parties are just a few of the many key aspects of a life of a student in 2010.

Talking about being a student in 2010... I have lived in student halls for two years, which was a great experience. I met many different people and don’t tell my parents, but once in a while, we did have a massive party! My last party was the weirdest one ever, because a couple of my Dutch friends came over to celebrate their holiday, and even though I did not have a holiday, I couldn’t let my friends party on their own in the middle of dodgy London, could I? To be fair, ‘London ain’t dodgy’. If you have been in my village in the Netherlands. Everybody knows each other and everybody knows what the other does; the village is so small that it scares me! Anywayss I was talking big about the party we had. First we did some drinking games *if you are under 18 and you read this, I just want to make sure that we drank Robinsons and NO Alcohol!* One of the games was too hard for one of our party-members that he wanted to get into a fight, so he jumped up and started to run to me, bounced against my chest, fell backwards on the ground and the only thing we heard was him... snoring! We dragged him into bed, put a note on the door and went out to have fun, as that is what real friends do!