I Will Survive Finals! [Day 84]

Trip Start Sep 13, 2012
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Trip End Dec 11, 2012


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Flag of Netherlands  , Limburg,
Thursday, December 6, 2012

Went to bed quite late - I won't say how late because I'll be yelled at - and woke up to find a light dusting of snow everywhere! It's already starting to melt in the sun, but I will always appreciate snow while it lasts. While I napped, Kim was an angel and read over my honors essay. Last night it was just under the minimum word limit of 1,750, but thanks to her help it is now just over - 1,784 words and four sources! So I'm a bit tired, but proud of myself for getting so much work done in so little time. Today will be my last honors class and my last castle class, and since it's our "finals" period it will be four hours long. I'm hoping for lots of cute animal videos.

Also this morning I played Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet and put little gifts in Kim's and Sam's shoes when they weren't paying attention :D

A negative: It was quite icy last night and Mandy sprained her ankle coming over the bridge =/

Planning on going to Arcen Baths tonight. I've been living off of a 20 that Lexie owed me plus some change I already had. Having quite a fun time budgeting - I've got €17.95 to work with until I get my 55 back when I return my bike tomorrow =(

Later: 
I was amazingly alert for my last honors class, despite my lack of sleep. We had an extended, four hour class (we don't have a finals period) in which we learned about Bianca's trips to excavations, watched videos of adorable animals doing awesome human-like things, and had discussions. And we feasted. Bianca also gave us a very sweet goodbye, and said if it snows too hard we won't see her at farewell because she won't be able to get here =/

Arcen was amazing! Alex, Marin, Aaron, and I ended up going. It was VERY cold going there and back, but that was really the only downside. It's a little expensive - €12.50 for 2.5 hours - but well worth it. There are 3 outdoor pools that you get with that price (hottubs and food and massages and other things cost extra). It was so cool, especially at night - you go down some steps to a small pool inside, then go outside through a curtain. The water was so warm, especially compared to the 3 degree air outside (37 degrees Fahrenheit). Because of the temperature difference, huge amounts of mist/steam were coming off the water. Combined with the darkness, I couldn't see across the pool and everything looked like some sort of lake of Avalon. But my nose was pretty much always cold! There were three pools that you had to dash across freezing tiles to get to: the fun current pool with a waterfall; the basic large pool with some jets; and the hotter, station-based pool with a heated sitting area in the middle, beds with soft jets surrounding you, and a series of very strong jets at different heights. The water was a little salty and made my skin feel really soft and moisturized. Very glad I actually went this semester :)
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