Ouderkerk aan de amstel

Baby Swans, A Cemetery, and Major Wardrobe Malfunctions

I've decided to quit This Week in Instagram. Judging by the numbers, you guys weren't really reading them anyway. Instead, I am still going to wrap up the week on Sundays, I think it is important to remain consistent. But now with catchier titles!

This week started off pretty normal, I went to class and my tutoring gigs. I complained about Inburgering and developed a study plan for the summer. Fun fact- I have one class left until September. But then, I caught this terrible stomach bug which had me at home on Thursday and Friday. Things just got weirder on Saturday. On my way to Amsterdam, my shoe broke on the train, like not able to walk right with it, broke. I was wearing fancy flip flops and one of the sides came out and the whole bottom came apart. Luckily, I managed to buy some super glue at the Bruna in the station and was able to fix my shoe while hanging out with some friends in the Vondel Park. I ended up heading home to Utrecht super late. While waiting at the bus stop for a ride to Amsterdam Centraal, you will never believe what happened, the other shoe broke! Not as bad as the first one, this time just the side came out. However, while walking down the stairs of the train the whole damn shoe broke! Every step I took the whole bottom would spin around in a circle on the thong.

Since it was 2am and the train was late, I had to wait 40 minutes for the next night bus. I got some Julia's and then tried to repair my destitute shoe. This time however, it did not work. I did manage to accidently glue my foot to the shoe, so at least I could walk. I then proceeded to try and get on the night bus with my OV Chipkaart. Apparently, at night you have to buy a ticket for the bus. SERIOUSLY! And you can't buy it on the bus, you have to go to the overnight counter. As soon as, I stepped off the bus, my foot came unglued, so I limped towards the desk. Then they wanted 5 EUROS! 5 Euros for what in less than four hours would cost me 1.22. Then, I would have to limp the ten minutes home with my busted-ass shoe. I decided at this point  it was time to take a taxi home. 

Yep, it was a fun night! 

But on to the better parts! 

The photo above is a path in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, it is really interesting as it runs along side the Beth Haim Jewish Cemetery. The Beth Haim is the oldest Jewish Cemetery in The Netherlands. It is trying to become a 2012 World Heritage Site. It has my vote! 

Take a gander at these baby swans! 

If you are wondering, I did in fact throw out the shoes! How was your week?



This Week In Instagram Vol.7

This is my first week of dealing with school/work/life balance, since moving to The Netherlands. It was a challenge as my Nederlands classes are very fast paced and intensive. They require a lot of self study. Which is something I will need to keep in mind, especially in September when I add going to my Tourism Program fulltime as well.  It is really interesting because I only have 3 more weeks of class before we break for a month and a half. When I start my lessons back, I will be in a new class, because I have to switch to nighttime lessons. I did however, take some cool pictures. 

I am lucky enough to get to go to the beautiful village of Oudekerk aan de Amstel (Old church on the Amstel) twice a week. It is located on the Amstel River, in case you couldn't guess, just south of Amsterdam. This is one of the two churches in the town, but I believe this one is the Oudekerk. 

I pass a lot of swans out in the Dutch Countryside. I still think they are majestic, because they are not something you see in the wild where I am from. Hence, I snap lots of photos.

On my walk home from my inburgering classes, I sometimes get to pass by this building. It is actually the Dutch National Mint of Utrecht and has been around since 1567! 

Did I mention that weather this week has for the most part been dark and foreboding? This was especially true on Wednesday, when our football team lost to Germany. This was a bar in Bilthoven that was in the spirit before the game. Was the weather foreshadowing the results of the game?

In addition to be tourist season here, it is also baby bird season! Here are some swanlings that I have been watching grow for the last few weeks.

Speaking of cute babies, here is another unusual place Atti found to sleep.

I didn't blog a lot this week. This week I promise to do better! What did your week look like?



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