Cheese, Clogs....Cow Golf?
Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
43Trip End Jul 20, 2010
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I have to admit, however, the cheese farm almost didn't happen. While we were all very excited about the prospect of fresh cheese and the chance to do our Dutch tourist shopping, there was a little "issue" regarding the cost. Since this was an extra outing it was going to cost us money, something we were forewarned of, however it got a little out of hand. Initially we were told that it would cost 20-euro with transport, so we all said "sure!" Then came the email from Alex, the TA who arranges the trips and such, who says "20-euro plus transport, for a total of 35euro," to which we all said "WAIT A MINUTE!!" Now, you might be wondering what would get 11 students all upset, after all it wasn't like he said "hey, it's now 50-euro." Well, we were all a little suspicious and upset after our experience in Brussels where we each ended up spending about 100-euro more than we expected (very long story, I won't detail)
But I digress....
Cheese farm nearly didn't happen because we all just could not fit 35-euro into our budgets. So, we did what any good American Grad student and future diplomat would do. We Bitched. A LOT! To anyone with power or who had sway with someone in power. The result? Cheese farm was free! Behold the power of the people!
And it’s a good thing too, because we had a great time
Once we were all nice and full it was off to play Boran Golf. This is farmer’s golf, played with a clog on a stick and a ball slightly smaller than a soccer ball. And the holes are scattered throughout the cow pastures. Gives a whole new meaning to obstacles! We broke up into teams of 4, and you hit the ball in rotation, until you get it in the hole. Aside from the cows and sheep in the pastures, we also had to contend with cow pies and one horribly located ditch. In the process of hitting our ball around it ended up in several cow pies and in the ditch numerous times. During one hole my group had a little incident. We had hit the ball, it went into the ditch, and Abdul (who, as the token male on the team was assigned the job of fishing the ball out whenever it went in) was trying to pull the ball out. While he was busy we were trying to figure out how to cross the ditch because the hole was on the other side
Once we got Kim back on the other side of the ditch (via the board I found) we continued our game, poor Kim squishing the whole way. Once we finished we had a really fun tractor ride back to the barn, then shopped the gift store, played some more in the hay and left to come home. I came home with 3 wheels of cheese, some clogs, and several other things. All in all a great way to spend the day!
I’ve spent the last several days researching my paper for International Relations (Illegal Antiquities trade and civil unrest, and Repatriation of Artifacts) and my paper of International Law (Laws of the Seas and the Arctic’s). Lots of work to do the next few weeks, papers to research and write and a simulation game to prep for where I get to play Vladimir Putin. This weekend however is the huge October 3rd festival in Leiden, commemorating the victory in the 30 years war. My understanding is it’s a lot like Mardi gras, just a big party, and apparently there is herring involved. So Friday and Saturday we will be soaking up that experience. If it’s interesting enough and I have enough pics I’ll post another update. Also, my plans for break are set, Nicole, Sahara, Kit and I are leaving Oct 18th for Berlin, we will spend a few days there, then head to Krakow, several days there and a side trip to Auschwitz and Berkenau and hopefully a trip out to the Wieliczka Salt mines, then on to Vienna by Friday Oct 23rd, where I will check into my apartment there, meet up with Amy (Yay!) throw my stuff in my room and jump on a train to Budapest for the weekend.
That’s it for now. Hopefully I will have more farm pics to post in a few days, so keep an eye out.
P.S. I'm including a few extra pics from Brussels that I didn't have when I did the posting for that.