Equal right to love

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

'I think everybody should have the right to love whom ever they want to love'

'I totally agree. Do you think this will become harder since Trump is now the next president?'

'Personally I do not think so, I am worried though that the right to same sex marriage will change back to what it was.'

'Of course Trump wants everything to go back to the mostly white Christian community that America used to be.'

'Yes unfortunately. I am still doubtful about whether he will actually go forward with his plans. The Republicans do have majority in the congress, which does not improves the outlook for the future of the LGBT community in America.'

'I know I even heard that -I mean everybody knows Trump is Christian- that he wants to send people who are attracted to the same sex or trans people to camps where they are told that it is wrong and he wants to "make them better" in the sense of making them straight again. How do you feel about that?'

Thanksgiving #NYCLife10

Monday, November 28, 2016

A friend of Renee was in the city this week and they decided to out for dinner together. She was with someone, so naturally Renee invited me along. I had expected it to be kind of awkward, like these kind of things usually tend to be but I was pleasantly surprised. We still had to get past my age since I've always had the struggle here on my gap year that I am actually younger than most people think, which is annoying. Luckily it didn't seem to bother them that much. We met at Renee's and mine favorite new cafe, which is more like a healthy snack bar called by CHLOE. We ate dinner talked a lot about school and what we wanted to do later on in our life. We had planned to go to Bryant Park because they hadn't got the change to go and see it yet. We sauntered past many little shops only going in to escape the harsh cold for a couple of minutes. It is fun because you can say whatever you want to say even if it is really really rude because nobody will understand it anyway. I will have to get used to being more polite when I get home.

This week was Thanksgiving weekend only we didn't really do a lot of thanks giving itself. We planned to go to a local family to have dinner, but then it turned out that the discount shopping started on Thursday, and we found that a little bit more important, because the lady behind the support register at our shopping mall said that a lot of items would likely to be gone on Friday. The apple pie that we were told to buy for the host family became of no use to us, which was a shame, but we decided that we would give it to the homeless people once we got to the city. Our plan was to go to the movies on Thursday, (Thanksgiving day) which we did. We saw the new Disney movie Moana, I thoroughly enjoyed it. And then later we would go shopping until 11:30 pm, then we would get on the latest train to the city and continue our shopping spree there.
The clock just turned 10 when we decided we had had enough and called the cap to pick us up. We sung Adele on the way back and were very satisfied with the result of our shopping day. On Black Friday itself we didn't do any shopping, we just went to the gym. Saturday was a lazy day, and Sunday we went out to get froyo in Tarrytown.
As you may have noticed we never made it to the city and had to throw our pie away. It made me sad but at least we tried to do a good thing right? 

Yours Faithfully,



Friday, November 25, 2016

What does it take to be you?

Have you ever noticed that
the grumpier you are,
the more assholes you meet.

Let me give you some advice;
if you can't change your fate,
change your attitude.
Happiness begins with you.
Not with your relationship,
your friends, or your job.
But with you.

Do not change yourself to belong in the city.
Therefore you should ask yourself,
if I could be anyone
would I choose to be myself.
And if the answer is no
I hope you find a way,
to be yourself someday.
Because in the end
You are your longest commitment.

The concrete jungle is a city for change,
change is inevitable.
No matter if it is good or bad,
change is one of the few things in life
you can always rely on.
Do not fear it, but feel reassured
you won't be the same person twice.
Because in the end
everything in life that is constant,
is change.

Try to better yourself.
Do good and be good,
but know the difference between
people who do good
and good people.
However do not overthink,
it wil destroy your mood.
Just breathe and let go,
and remember that in the end,

Hope springs eternal.

On top of the world #NYCLife9

Monday, November 21, 2016

The things you feel when you are standing on top of the world while watching the sunset are almost indescribable. You hear immense power coming for underneath you, and at the same time the peaceful quietness that being so high produces. Bas, Renee, Elien and I stood on top of the rock watching the sunset for about three hours. We left because we had to, not because we necessarily wanted to. Earlier on we had decided that we wanted to pay Bryant park a visit. When we arrived the lovely smell of all lot of food stalls selling the most outrages types of fries and crazy combinations of pastries which made my mouth water. Our tummies rumbled and we headed to the place we wanted to have dinner at. I had heard of by CHLOE before, I found it on Instagram and knew immediately I wanted to have dinner there. I got the guac burger with sweet potato fries. It was the best meal I had had in a long time. If it were up to me I would eat there everyday.

I have always been an Harry Potter fan, so when I heard there would be a prequel movie of the great serie,s I knew I had to see it. So therefore my team and I went to the nearest shopping mall. First we got a smoothie, which was amazing by the way, then we tried on some clothes so that we would know which size to buy on Black Friday. The theater was all that I had expected it to be and more. First of all, the great hall was exactly what you see in the movies, but the chairs, ma god, those deserve there own sentence. The first thing you notice when you gazed upon there beauty is their puffiness. It feels like sitting on a cloud. Then if you think you are sitting up to straight, no need to worry because you can press a button and you are in sleeping position. But then of course your legs might not be comfortable. Well there is a button for that too. It whips up a leg supporter, the one you see on a old mans chair. Trust me it was easily to say the most heavenly sitting/laying experience I have had at the movies, ever. The film was fantastic by the way. All the memories from my childhood reemerged from my brain. I had a little mental breakdown about the end of the movie. Which I mean in a good way. No need to worry I won't spoil it for you.
Afterwards we had dinner at the cheesecake factory. I had again a veggie burger. It was really good. But the best part of dinner was of course the cheesecake. The oreo cheesecake was the one I went for, and it did not disappoint. Yes, it was a good week.

Yours Faithfully,


Autumn Colours

Friday, November 18, 2016 NYC

"Art is a harmony parallel with nature."

The elections #NYCLife8

Monday, November 14, 2016

It was a dark day for all of us. The unthinkable became real. The unimaginable became reality. The thing all Americans with brains feared would happen, happend.
Although we had talked about it a great deal in class over the last months, it still felt unreal. We started watching it on a big screen in the movie theater here on campus with a lot of students. It was about half past nine. At eleven Trump was still in the lead when we moved to the lounge. We got kind of bored at around twelve, not knowing we still had a long way to go. We played some stupid games, irritated each other, laughed a bunch. And then a couple of guys joined us. They were joking about Trump becoming president. Well two of them were joking, the other guy I am not so sure about. Then we got kicked out and went to our room. Finally, at three thirty am, the night ended. It was a horrible one. Trump became the most powerful man in the world. Everybody was shocked; everybody was scared; the dollar went up; Canada's immigration site crashed;  and orange became officially the new black.
Soon after, my roommate jumped out of bed because of a immensely big bug that she had found crawling near her head. If that isn't a sign I don't know what is.

The protesters were still going on when we arrived in New York on Saturday. We didn't notice any differences at first so we decided to check out a cool part of the city called Greenwich Village. The Village is a really popular neighborhood for young people. You have for example have a gay area where you can find everything from 'the amazingly gay ice-cream shop' to 'the wine and dine'. The rainbow flag fluttered in the wind and all seemed well in the world. It wasn't until the sun went down and we approached the Trump Tower that things took a toll for the worst. We could hear the riots from all the way down the street. When we got closer it was clear to us that the people demonstrating were the last of the bunch. Everything had died down a bit already. Some decided to go marching and they went uptown directly the way we were going. It looked like a fun-ish idea to march along side them. They shouted all the things you've probably heard said about president elect. I was impressed about how united it felt in such an divided country.

Sunday the team and I went to the gym. I did a little running, some ab workouts and a bit of rope jumping. Afterwards we went to breakfast which tasted as plain as usual.
The weather felt unusually warm when we went into the forrest. We took a couple of pictures; watched Harry Potter; were disappointed by the super moon and went to bed.
All in all it was a strange week with a lot of mixed feelings.

Yours Faithfully,


Volunteering #NYCLife7

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


This week wasn't the most eventful week. I just did a lot of doing nothing. What I did do was volunteering. EF had organized a registration plan where you could easily sign up to participate. Renee and me really wanted to do some volunteering since it looks good on your resume, but when we heard what Light The Night was about we forgot that completely. LTN is a charity walk for cancer survivors, patients, and just in general to raise money for research. We were at the lantern give away point. There were there kinds of lanterns. The first color was red, which was meant for all the supporters. The second was white for all the survivors and patients. And the third and final, the one I was at, was yellow. It stood for all the people walking in memory of someone. I had anticipated that it would be quite difficult to be at this end of the table. You know, everyone who will come up to me will have lost someone and is now here to represent them in loving memory. Soon we got the hang of it though. It was inspiring to see all the people be so loving towards me and the whole occasion. I think we stood there for a solid four hours and we definitely felt that in our backs and feet. I got dark pretty soon and when everything lit up, it felt rather magical. At the end of the night there were fireworks and it felt amazing to be part of something with this much meaning to it.
We walked back to the volunteer stand, and heard that there were al lot of snacks left un eaten. You do not have to say that twice. We took samples of everything and decided which ones were worth it to take with us. Like starving dogs we (and we were with about 30) all grabbed as much as we could possibly carry and set off on the journey to the bus. It was not the most pleasant of things, carrying a box full of chips and on top a 24 pack of water. I had shoulder myalgia the next day.

On sunday we hit the road to the nearby forrest to take some pictures. I had forgotten my extra camera battery and the sun set relatively fast. Which made it not our greatest of mission.
We watched the Da Vinci Conde. Oddly enough it all made somewhat sense to me after my conspiracy theory translator Bas explained it all. The movie made me question a lot of things. And than we went to bed with a satisfactory feeling.

Yours Faithfully,


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