A halloweeny weekend #NYCLife6

Monday, October 31, 2016

You are probably guessing that this post is going to be about Halloween. Even though it is, I would actually summarize it as an week of "waiting an eternity". It started on Wednesday, I thought we had missed the Haunted House on campus but it turned out that it was open for two days. Therefore my two comrades and me were very excited. But as we approached the area where it was supposed to take place we were sadly surprised by how long of a line there was to get in. I mean it was just organized by the campus so how long could it take, right? Well the answer was quite long, two dreadful hours of waiting in the freezing cold long. But that held us back, I was still looking forward to it. These kind of things never scare me really, I am to much of an realistic person to actually believe in this stuff. My company on the other hand felt rather negative feelings about the whole thing, which made things even more fun, for me. As we tiptoed in we were amazed by all the decorations, they put a lot of effort in it. Although it wasn't scary because you could recognize all the faces it was still fun. I got a good (jump)scare and laugh out of the whole situation.

Trial, Error, Triumph

Friday, October 28, 2016

What does it take to be a New Yorker?

A New Yorker is one who seeks adventure,
one who reeks success,
one who never stops until every goal is utterly fulfilled.
which takes tact,
the ability to tell someone to go to hell
in such a way they look forward to the trip.

And if you do not have what it takes
you work as hard as you can until you do.
Because there is always someone better than you,
more successful than you.
Thus you get up and start over again,
If it is important enough you will find a way,
if it is not, you will find an excuse.

However sometimes you have to take a step back,
and realize,
today is a good day,
for a good day.
So say to yourself little citizen
'I might not be the best at what I do
but only I am the best at being me.'
Because the best way to take care of the future,
is to take care of the present moment.

It takes a smart someone,
to understand this undertaking,
and I am not talking about the obvious astuteness.
Because the greatest enemy of knowledge
is not ignorance,
it is the illusion of knowledge.

So if you can survive the constant rush,
the continuous fight,
the endless running,
and the battle with your greatest enemy;
You my friend can call yourself,
a true citizen of the great city of glass.

New York

The MoMA

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 NYC

"It is the simplicity that counts, because sometimes simple things stand out."


A sunny day at Coney Island #NYCLife5

Sunday, October 23, 2016

This week was themed photography even more so than others. The first event happend on Tuesday when the girls and me went to Coney Island. It was a very sunny day in the middle of October. I mean it should be autumn but the weather decided to prolong that insurmountable fact a day. So we got on the train whereafter we took the subway to the Island. I took us about 2 hours to get there and when we finally did, everything was closed. Although because of that it wasn't worth the long trip, we made the most of it. We walked the promenade, bought some ice cream and took some pictures. Soon we had seen all that was there to see and went back. I had already gotten great news so it did't matter to me anymore. I guess that you wouldn't either if you knew you would go to a free broadway shows. And above all we got to see Matilda, the only one we still really wanted to see. Flash back to last week when we decided to go to more broadway shows, well we made good on that promise. First stopping for some shots of Times Square, and thereafter Matilda. The day couldn't turn around for the bettering more than it already did. Well that was wrong, because us two lucky girls had seat in the middle and quite near the stage actually. We kind of freaked. The musical was amazing as was aspected of it and the day well it was just one of those amazing ones in the city.


On Thursday I had my first meeting with the photography club. The girls were all very nice and we took al lot, like really a lot of polaroids. I got an assignment for it you will see more of that later. Saturday was a rainy day, sadly autumn did arrive. We made the best of it though. The MoMA was on our to do list and since you don't need great weather for musea that was what we were going to do. If you did't know this about me, well you do now. I love art. I love all forms of it. I love writing, taking pictures, drawing, listening to music and dancing on it. I like looking at it too. So imagine all of it being combined in one day. (Except the dancing, I did not do the dancing part) Yes, that is exactly what I thought. I'll give you a preview of the pictures that we made that day, but more will come next Thursday. Some are already on my second Instragram: theultimategapyear.  

Yours Faithfully, 



Broadway and a Concert #NYCLife4

Sunday, October 16, 2016

It was a Progress week, which means they were going to test your capabilities and the things you had learned in the past weeks. On Monday I had an writing test and on Tuesday Grammar, listening and reading. Luckily the whole class passed and we are all going to level C2.2. I rather like my class, they all are very friendly. The half of them are Sweden, a couple from Argentina one from Mexico, one from Belgium and three including me from The Netherlands. We mostly just talk during classes, which improves my speach and pronunciation. I really enjoy going to classes because of that.

On Wednesday we went to The Lion King. I hope everyone gets to experience a musical like that once in their life time, because let me tell you it was indescribable. We arrived on times square via bus. And not just any bus, no a typical american school bus. That was definitely something. Surely because we were always the tourist, and now people were taking pictures of us. But to stay on the topic. I had goose bumps the whole time, from when first the incredibly made animals came onto the stage until the new Simba was being held in the sky by Rafiki. I was on the tip of my chair watching with full concentration. I was loving every minute of it. I might even have been so dissolved in the show that I didn't realize where I was. But when we walked outside, and you could see the never boring and always brightly lit times square it hit me. I just saw a broadway show from one of my favorite Disney films ever. When I was very young I saw it too. At that time I thought it  could not get better than what I had just seen. But Oh Boy, I couldn't be more wrong. From the fantastic costumes and decores to the most greatest singers and dancers, it was ten, no it was a hundred times better. Trust me I never cry and even I got teary eyed when Mufasa died. While that might not do it for you I will now state a more convincing fact for you. My roommate, partner in crime and everything else; Renee is a real musical lover, and when I say musical lover I mean she has seen about every one there is so she knows some things about musicals. And even she was crying continuously from the dark moment when the great king died till the lights came on. We then decided that this was not going to be our last Broadway show. And so the night ended.


On Saturday at 5pm we were headed back into the city in that same school bus, but not for a musical, no for a different type of show. We were going to Tidal. Tidal is a concert where a variety of artist perform. Let's for fun just name a few. We saw Prince Royce, DNCE, Emeli Sande, Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, and the queen of all queens Beyonce. Oh and a lot of rappers but I forgot most of their names, sorry. We danced, we sang and laughed our buts off. To keep it short we had an amazing time. We saw Nicki shake her butt and Alicia sing it off. We saw Prince and Joe giving a real performance and Beyonce just slayed us all. On the bus ride home we found the time to have deep conversations about life, I don't know why but  the day was just right.

Oh and forgot to talk about it last weeks post. we found the most amazing Christmas store ever! I'll just leave you with some pictures, those say enough.

Yours Faithfully,


Exploring the city #NYCLife3

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Week three went by so fast I can barely remember what happened. Well actually not really that much happened. We attempted to do the laundry. That was an adventure. Certainly because we, luckily just in time, found out that we didn't buy laundry pods but dishwashing pods. Besides the obvious big white dining plate on the front of the package and the prevailing smell of dishwasher that did not ring a bell. It worked out though, we just stole some from our roommate. Don't worry we will replace them, one day probably. Furthermore, on Saturday we went into the city and made some really beautiful pictures.


It was a rather spontaneous idea really. We just got up went to breakfast had a shower and headed to Friday's language lecture. After about 45 minutes and playing about an estimated of 100 Fruit Ninja rounds, I decided that we were not going to spent this beautiful day sitting inside doing close to  nothing. It took some persuasion because we had planned a shopping trip the next day, but I stated that we could do that the day after. So we got up, ran to our room, packed our suitcase and ran to the train station. And yes we did bring a suitcase full of clothes, don't judge.
Once in Grand Central we first had to go to the Brooklyn Bridge by Subway, which we had never done before. In contradiction to what I had imagined it went rather smoothly. And two hours after the defining moment we stood there, on the Brooklyn Bridge.
I had seen the great iron and brick structure bridge before, nonetheless I was still amazed.
It took us more than 2 hours to cross the bridge, just constantly stopping to take pictures. God it was just too beautiful to capture it in one single photograph. If I think about it we probably made like 1000 photographs that day.


We got a little lost when we first entered Brooklyn. You can't really blame us, our minds weren't really working properly anymore from all the impressions. Plus we were extremely hungry and thirsty, and had to use the bathroom as soon as possible. Fun Fact; we never found one. After eating our delicious acai bowl, we walked to the Brooklyn Heights. The Heights is a long promenade from where you can see the Manhattan skyline. Before taking pictures we had to change outfits. We found a somewhat sheltered place between some foliage. Let's say it was an adventure. In the end everything was worth it though. We got to admire the sunset amongst hundreds of New Yorkers. Trust me at times like those it is hard to grasp life for what it is. A good friend and the concrete city is all it took to make that day unforgettable.

Yours Faithfully,


Feeling like Blair and Serena #NYCLife2

Sunday, October 2, 2016

It wasn’t the most eventfull week, but it was one to mention. Last week I changed my spin classes giving me a lot of free time. Despite of that I didn’t do much with it. Mostly I had to fill in forms for my studies. Well first I had to find some studies that I am actually interested in. And after that I needed to fill in applications so that I can find myself a house in Amsterdam. That is where I want to study in case you didn’t know.

On wednesday things turned around for the better. Or so I thought.. EF organized A trip to the Yankees game. It looked like everybody was going,  the train almost bursted of all the people in it. I was really excited though, and looking all ready in my Yankees cap and customized vest. Me and my friend even decided to get fries, which we never do. And it was all fun, but than it started to shower. I mean not rain rain, more like a slight drizzle. However, it was enough to dempen the mood a little. Oh and the cold, do not let me get started on how cold it was because it was almost unbearably cold. But we, being to complete troopers that we are, found the strength to carry on. It’s not every day you are at a baseball game in New York City. But than as time went on the game got more boring and boring, and soon we found ourselves sitting in the back of the stadium hiding from the rain. Literally nothing was happening, at all. So soon after, we got up and headed back home. Later to realize that we missed possibly one of the greatest games in the season yet… Because in the last fifteen minutes the Yankees decided to score a grand slam. As you might have guessed, now I was really pissed. Seriously, It is said about me that I sometimes suffer from FOMO. I had a real hard time coping with that. 

On Saturday we went to the Met Museum. Like the fan girls that we are, we ,as you do, held a little photoshoot on the gossip girls stairs. Only the yoghurt was missing, otherwise we would have been Blair & Serena 2.0. Afterwards we did go into the museum. We kind of head to only if it was just for 1.5 hours. It wasn’t that special, but maybe that was our fault. Well I am almost certain that it was. 
All in all it was a pretty good week.
Yours faithfully,

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