Its a pity you're a vegetable

Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
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Trip End Dec 18, 2006


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Thursday, September 14, 2006

yes, this is what i was told the other day in a greek restaurant, by the waiter as i tried to order lunch. i love the lost in translation moments like the other day when i thought my italian friend Chiara told me it was going to be very hot this day because there was a big frog (fog). or when my spanish friend marta corrected the waiter yesterday that no, we weren't fascists (he has said "auschlief" however you spell that in dutch, which means here you go, although i guess it can sound like fascists, at the same time as she said "fast service").

the past two weeks have been utter maddness, long days packed with lectures, group work, seminars, discussions, readings, website making, hostel changing, eating nutella and bread sandwiches for too many meals, intense connections and friendships sprung out of 24/7 contact, a ridiculous number of new theories and directions to think in, and at least one really promising lead on where i want to do my pHd...

tuesday we were in amsterdam for lectures and tours of museums, but thankfully there was also at least a bit of a chance to sightsee. we went on a cruise of the canals in the old part of the city, all of which is 2-3 metres below sea level. amsterdam is the venice of the north, and it was very beautiful to sail through the old leaning buildings (mostly supported undersground by wooden poles) at night. apparantly we went a little too fast at one point, as we our tour boat was pulled over by police in a motor boat and ticketed!

last night a couple of girls and i decided that regardless of how tired we were, we had to make the most of a truly once in a lifetime opportunity: seeing a japanese ska band live in the netherlands! and it was ABSOLUTELY worth it! the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, ~12 japanese dudes rocking out hard and playing probably the best ska i have ever heard. it was SO great to let loose and dance, and thanks to dutch habits, we stayed well after the concert was finished and were still in bed by 12:30am.
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martagdl
martagdl on

You are wrong my love...
it was not a japanese ska band, but a japanaseskaband, jajjaajaa, i will teach u to speak english properly;)

sincerly yours,

thejapaneseskaconcert friend!

mmmmua

marta

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