Life at the Castle

Trip Start Sep 11, 2008
Trip End Dec 19, 2008

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hallo!!! Today was another busy day here! It began at 9 am when my roommates and I woke up to get ready for our breakfast at 10. It took us about an hour, because we were so happy and giggly about actually being at the castle. Brunch in the DH was lovely and delicious, and whoever told me the food at the castle sucked was a big liar. Boston is not this good! (sorry guys!) Anyway, then we had a rules/regulations meeting with Huber, who is realy quite hilarious. He kept making jokes about the things we will do in the Netherlands. He also told us "Don't throw stones at the windows! They will break you know!" which I found pretty funny. After our meeting, we had free time during which my roommates and I decided to explore town a bit. We successfully conquered our first ATM trip (although it took a couple tries), and found a cute little cheese stand as well as the convenience store in town and a store called "Everything Under One Roof" which sells exactly that...everything! The town of Well is completely adorable and looks like a movie set. Everything is exactly neat and in its place. We were a little late getting back to the castle and had to run to catch up with Huber who was giving us a tour of the grounds, which actually turned into him showing us the laundry room and computer lab and telling us various ways we could break everything/start a huge fire and burn down the whole castle. After the tour/fire prevention lecture we were able to rent bikes for the semester! I decided to spring for it because I totally plan on using it around town, plus I heard you can bike to like Germany, France and maybe even Luxembourg from here, so I am checking that out. While Vanessa and I were picking out bikes, we started talking to the bike rental man. He started laughing at us as we tried bikes and said, "Why are all you Americans so short!?" He pointed to the bike Vanessa had picked out and said, "That bike is for an eleven year old!" Hahaha. He meant well and we thought it was hilarious. After renting our bikes, we had to wait in line forever to buy reading packets for our classes. Our third RD, Dojina, told us we were free to wander until 3:30 after that, so we decided to explore more of the castle, since Huber's tour wasn't the most picturesque/upbeat. I don't know if I mentioned this, but the castle is absolutely AMAZING. There are all sorts of little paths and footbridges and towers. Seriously, words cannot describe it. However, our lovely waltz around the grounds was interrupted by Johnny, who started scolding us because we were supposed to be at a Drug and Alcohol meeting with him and Rene (ps I spelled his name wrong before! Oops!) We claimed ignorance and blamed Dojina, and he just laughed. Seriously...can I marry him? Haha. So we got to the Drug and Alcohol meeting which basically consisted of Johnny and Rene telling us don't bring alcohol to the castle and only smoke weed in a coffeeshop. Other than that, have fun! AKA, common sense lecture, but they're beautiful and have cute accents so watching them talk was just fine with me! After that we had more free time during which I decided to (finally) finish unpacking and upload some pictures and blogs. Then we had dinner, and afterwards we were treated to a great concert by an awesome little flok band who played for us in our "performance space" which used to be a barn. The band was super! They played mostly Dutch and Irish folk music and were a lot of fun to watch. From what I've seen so far, the Dutch people are very friendly and warm. People here say "Hallo" to you on the street and smile, when in the States we all just ignore each other. Anyways, after the concert, almost everyone wound up going to the local hangout bar called "Onder de Linden." It was a really fun time! It was so relaxing and everyone was just talking and laughing and getting to know each other. I totally love it here. Every day is a new adventure. I saw on tomorrow's schedule that we are going on a boat tour in the evening! Can't wait!!!
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