Just About Finished!

Trip Start Aug 2008
Trip End Jul 2009

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Flag of Netherlands  , Zuid-Holland,
Monday, July 6, 2009

Yes, I know I have been a failure at updating my blog this term!! Two straight weeks of non-stop, depressing travel in Palestine really wore me out. Plus, I got back a week after the term began ... somehow I already had a lot of work to do!

Things have been really boring around here this summer, primarily because I have had to research and write my thesis ... which took a TON of time! I finally finished it up today, so I'm pretty much skating through my last week here!

There haven't been a lot of Webster people around Leiden this the summer, so it's been quite quiet. I'm really grateful to have the people here that I do, and we've managed to sneak in a little fun here and there :)

Webster Leiden had its 25th Anniversary Party. It turned out to be really fun ... not that it is hard to have fun w/ loads of free booze! They gave us a tour of the new building they are opening next year. It is going to be a huge dorm for all of the students (right now the students are spread in various dorms), and it is REALLY nice! We just barely missed getting to live in them :(

After the party a bunch of us went out to continue the celebration ... let's just say we had a lot of fun!

That Sunday, Kieffer and I met up with the International Law professor we had while we were here the 1st term. He invited us over to his house for lunch with his wife and family. They are probably the greatest people I have ever met (he was the one w/ the Nobel Peace Prize in his bathroom). After lunch, he decided we need to have the true Dutch experience, so he and his son took us for a brief little sailing trip. Trying to go sailing w/ him was a joke amongst our group ... so it was really funny when he offered to take us. It was really nice of him and was a beautiful trip!

The few of us that have been around for the summer had a BBQ a couple weeks ago. We didn't realize that the grill in the back of our dorm was missing the actual grill part ... we had to improvise ... we took the metal part off of the burners on the stove top and put some foil over them ... officially making the ghetto-ist grill of all time! It worked, though, and we had a delicious meal.

This past Friday, Leonard, the professor that took us to Palestine, invited us all over for a BBQ/Group reunion at his house. He lives about an hour away, in Zeist. It was really enjoyable to relive some of the trip ... especially because a lot of the annoying people didn't come!

Those have pretty much been the highlights of my time back in Leiden. I have made several bike rides out to the beach and have enjoyed the sunshine at the many cafes that popped up for the nice weather.

I haven't done any traveling and have failed at checking anything off of my list for Holland ... I guess I'll just have to come back again someday (shucks!). The term here ends on Friday, and I'm meeting my awesome parents in Italy on Saturday for a 2 week vacation. So ... I'll FINALLY be home July 24th!! Hopefully I will see you then!

Oh, and if you here of any awesome jobs, I'm still in the market for one of those too, so let me know!!

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