Week 5

Trip Start Aug 21, 2007
Trip End Jan 21, 2008

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Week 5:
If I had written this yesterday before bed, I would have very little to write. My week was about the same as last week. School was extremely stressful and the internet was done, so homework was quite the task at times. I lived at school again. But...yesterday something huge happened. I was due to go to my friend Tessa's birthday party just down the street (she lives in the same buildings as I do).  It was a fairly small group, twenty people tops. I was about to go, but then I had a lot going on and was feeling far from social so I decided to stay in. This morning I woke up to find out that 6 of my friends had gone to the hospital because the porch of the building collapsed. Fifteen people from the party had just been hanging out on the walkway outside the apartment and the floor boards gave out and dropped all 15 people down about 10-15 feet to the ground. Like I said, six of those people were sent to the hospital by ambulance. The remaining people were treated on the scene. My friend Luke broke his wrist, one boy broke his back (but they said he will be okay in time, he still has feeling and movement in his legs), one or two girls had concussions, a few people had sprains, a lot of people had a lot of scratches, bumps, and bruises, and I heard a few people had some stress reactions as well. Luckily, no one was under the porch when it fell, that is something to be thankful for. I am glad that no one was hurt worse. I am just really hoping that this boy with the broken back heals properly.
Today, the inspector is coming to check the safety of all the buildings provided by Nederwoon. If they deem it unsafe, we will all be forced to move. Currently, forty people are out of their apartments; they were forced to leave last night and find a place to stay with friends. I am not sure what is going to happen, but at the moment I am not very happy with the situation. I went to the international office to see what they were doing. They had someone go to the Nederwoon office to deal with the situation and they also called the police for a full report. I was also asked to write the names of all the students that were involved, because I knew almost all of them. I am so thankful I wasn't there, but I also wish I could have been there to help the situation until paramedics came.
The whole story was on the news, which is bringing the quality of Nederwoon's housing under investigation. It is about time from what I hear. These buildings have been in need of serious repair for years. It will be an interesting week I think. I really hope they don't send us to the housing next to the insane asylum. It actually shares property with the asylum and I do not want to live there. My friend Maria offered me a place to stay if they kick us out, at least until something comes along. That was a great offer from her. I will keep you all informed on the situation as I find out more details. You should check out the pictures. I was flabbergasted at the way it gave out. I am very thankful that my friends are okay besides the scare and some broken bones. I really hope this doesn't happen again.
For those of you who read Dutch...here is one of the news stories on the event.
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