MRI in Radiotherapy - Day 2

Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
Trip End Mar 30, 2013

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Flag of Netherlands  , Utrecht,
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Alarm was set for 8am, had a bit more of a lie in today as I knew the routine for breakfast and the route to the hospital. Went down for breakfast and sat t my own table, saw the lady from yesterday who determinedly didn't even make eye contact with me! A few of the MD Anderson lot came in for breakfast a bit after me but sat separately.  Had a small bowl of cereal and decided to try the yoghurt with sprinkly bits this morning. Got the bus at just after 9am and found my way to the lecture theatre.

Lo and behold what was sat above the coat racks but my folder! Yay! Oh well it didn't even make it as far as the bus! Today I realised that tea was provided in the small jugs and there was even biscuits. Lunch again was sandwiches, fruit and milk, no soup today but instead small warm vegetable quiche type things. No coffee or biscuits in the pm, had to use the staff coffee machine :( must remember to hoard food tomorrow!

The course finished on time and I got the bus straight back to the hotel, remembering my folder this time! Quickly changing clothes and checking the way to the Hoog Catharijne shopping centre with the guy at the hotels reception, I power walked to the shopping centre determined to get a ticket for the 7pm showing of the new Die Hard movie (A Good Day to Die Hard) and still have enough time for a decent dinner, I refuse to resort to McDonalds or KFC.

Found the entrance to the shopping centre but had to play charades with a cleaner that only spoke Dutch to find out I'd walked straight past the entrance! Have purchased a ticket and then came straight out the cinema to a street of restaurants I'd wandered by on monday evening, with a name that sounds like it has something to do with herrings (Drieharringstraat).

Have found a wonderful restaurant called De Markt which, I had deciphered from the dutch menu displayed outside, has some nice meat dishes for under €15 euros and thus within my NHS meal allowance. I told a waitress that I was going to the cinema at 7pm and was immediately seated and given an English menu, while the waiter was asking me what drink I wanted, I saw duck on the menu and ordered that along with orange juice immediately.

Fresh bread with olive oil dip was brought to my table along with fresh orange juice. Am beginning to suspect this is an Italian restaurant, although the pasta on the menu should have given it away, the decor has no Italian flags in sight. Instead there is what is becoming the usual, unusual chandelier lighting and a photo mural along one wall that now I look closer does appear to be of Italian life. And the very subtle logo of the restaurant is an olive branch.
Food arrived, very tasty duck slices on tomatoey Morrocan couscous with salad, delicious.

Went back to the cinema, glad I bought my ticket earlier as there was a queue which I walked straight past. Arrived just as trailer for Iron Man 3 was playing, only about 5 other people in the cinema! Watching the trailers I was relatively happy that I could listen to the English and not try too hard to read the Dutch subtitles. And then the movie started with the characters talking in Russian ... with Dutch subtitles. Of course as soon as Bruce Willis turned up most of the movie was in English and no words are required to watch Bruce Willis cause ridiculous property damage but every now and then the baddies would talk and I had to guess from tone, body language and Dutch subtitles what was going on.

Was just getting into the movie when it suddenly stopped and a pause message came on the screen. I assumed it was a polite message telling us the film was broken until most of the people started to leave and one lady let me know it was an interval! Very civilised, now I can buy tea and popcorn as I ran out of time earlier. No English breakfast but Earl Grey teabags were available.

Good movie even if I couldn't understand the Russian bits and the bits dealing with radiation made me groan and bits where stuff ridiculously blew up or were destroyed actually made me laugh out loud.

Back to hotel, walked by the canal and could see the Dom tower in the distance. At 9pm as I was walking past, the tower was lit up and the tower bells were ringing in a lovely tune
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