I'm a sponge.

Trip Start Dec 29, 2011
Trip End Jun 02, 2012

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2001 Ross Avenue!

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Hi guys!

Okay, so I'll try to update you on last week!

Monday I went 'touristing’ through downtown Dallas, went and saw where JFK got shot, I have to say, it’s a very inconspicuous site! They haven’t even marked the window it happened from! Since my lonely planet didn’t tell me either I just took pictures of all windows, to be on the safe side haha! Walked around in that area for a bit, saw Dealey Plaza and Founders Plaza, Dallas started out as one wooden shack FYI. Walked in the direction of uptown after that and found this awesome cowboy store so might buy my souvenir (a.k.a. cowboy boots) there! On my way to the Arts District I passed "Thanksgiving Square" (yes I’m serious), very, VERY American but nice! The Arts District is very nice architecture wise and, what a coincidence, the PwC office is located there as well! I figured I might as well go take a peek before I started there Tuesday so took a pic of (what I thought was) the PwC building! Overall the architecture in Dallas is similar to that of Rotterdam, old and new mixed together, but it’s more clear here! Even in the city center it was different each block.

After this very productive tourist day I decided to finish my next mission – the phone. It took me a 6 km walk (they told me it was close and walking distance, HA) to finally secure the device, that I only got working 2 days after… All is well that ends well, let’s keep it at that!

Tuesday was the first day of semi-serious life. It was Orientation Day. I was so happy to finally have people around me again, you can’t imagine! Everybody was really nice and the day was pretty much one big information overload (I thought that was bad, ha, Wednesday through Friday were even worse). We got told we would have to be “sponges” this week. Which reminded me so much of “sfeer spons” that I burst out laughing, and yes, I was the only one, oops. The sponge they meant was “try and soak up as much information as you can, you will be full at some point, but just try”. The whole event had USA written all over it, but not in a bad way. There were words flying round like “building relationships”, “key factors to success”, and “repore”. The conclusion of the day was that there were very low (but high, uhuh, very clear) expectations of interns, JUST SMILE AND SAY YES! Well, that I can do.

Wednesday through Friday we had class starting at 8 a.m., Assurance 1, kind of a refresher course of my Masters program and set up to get us familiar with AURA (PwC’s auditing program) as well, Sven I don’t know how you do it. For the classes we were split up into smaller groups, ours was in the ZOO on the 18th floor, gorgeous view of the city, unbelievable! Btw, remember me saying earlier that I took a picture of what I thought was the PwC building? I was wrong. I confused 2100 Ross with 2001 Ross, so Wednesday 7:30 a.m. I was on the 18th floor of a random building, oops. Again, all is well that ends well, right? In class we got split up into teams, I was in the ZOOKEEPERS (aspiring auditors are not very creative no) for the rest of the week. Let’s just say that last week I learned a lot and I hope that some of it stuck with me! I even re-read some material taking a bath Thursday night, just to feel like I made more of an effort. It just made me feel like a nerd, so I let it go;).

Friday after class 9 of us (Ify, Chris, Bailey, Rob, Patrick, Alexa, Andrea, Joey and me) went to a pub to unwind and celebrate being done, even one of our instructors (Andrea) joined! It was so good to be out with fun people! We’re going to try to make it a tradition, every Friday! Of course we talked about a whole lot of nothing and just joked around, but I also learned some interesting things, like that there is a thing called the MRS degree haha! And that Patrick and Alexa also live in the village, yes! That fraternities are huge here, and that house music is called dub-step (madness). That religion is still a very big part of daily life here, and that that also in part explains why so many young people are engaged or married already (you wouldn’t BELIEVE how many, during Orientation day alone, 3 people announced they got engaged over the holidays, and these people are 21-22)! Anyways, after happy hour we went to Patrick’s place and I finally had some real Mac ‘n Cheese, pretty damn good I have to say! Finally made it to bed after 1, for the first time since I got here, about time haha!

Saturday was for tourism again, went to the Dallas Museum of Art with Rob and had genuine Tex-Mex at Manny’s after (apparently THE place to be for tex-mex), I think I might prefer normal Mexican food but it was still really good! I especially liked the drink haha!

And today is Sunday, which is the day for serious things. Like writing my “development plan”, filling in the “intern introduction” thing and reading up on Flowserve (the client I’ll be working on). And updating my travel blog, Skyping and Facebooking of course haha!

Although the idea of actually having to do client work as if tomorrow kinda freaks me out, I also have lots of fun things to look forward to! Avicii (yacht weeeeeeeek) on the 20th of January with Joey and Patrick, Sherlock Holmes at the AMC in NorthPark and all sorts of touristy activities!

Some random things that came to my mind while writing this?

-          Americans are fat? Hell no. Most people here are skinnier than me, BY FAR!

-          Sporcle is fun!

-          Sametime is the best!

I’ll update again next week, if I’m still alive and not sponged to death;).
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Kristel on

Hahaha, de sfeer spons, leg ze dat maar eens uit daar Jeti ;).
Klinkt goed allemaal en de foto's zien er lekker zonnig uit, bofkont!
Succes deze week en geniet ervan!!

xx Kris

Laura on

Jet! Forget about accounting/auditing, start become a blogger!
Loved your story, you write funny!

Kiki on

haha goed verhaal jetje! En nice pica's! succes met sfeer sponsen idd.... have fun! xx

Marjolein on

Apparently, JFK was shot from the sixth floor window in the south-east corner of the building. FYI! Have fun dear!

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