Christmas in New York #NYCLife14

Thursday, December 29, 2016






No more school for two weeks felt pretty good. No early morning and more of the big city. However we spent our first free day, Saturday, in Tarrytown. We really wanted to get our nails done for christmas, since it is kind of a typical and cheep thing to do here. When we walked in, we felt out of place. Literally everybody was looking at us and we had no idea what to do with ourselves. Which ultimately led to us just standing there awkwardly in the middle of the shop. After some time we got some directions by pointing fingers from the Chinese staff at the chairs where we were supposed to take a seat. They had run a warm foot bath for us and from there it was a lovely relaxing experience. I got red on my toes and dark green on my hands, very christmassy if I say so myself.
We got lunch at a local cafe called Mint. Renee and I shared the mozzarella pesto pannini and a fruit platter, both very enjoyable.


On Sunday we went to Manhattan. It was a cold Christmas day without snow, and we soon found out that most stores where closed. We didn't know what to do with ourselves, but luckily our brunch place was open. I got the avocado toast as well as Renee and we walked trough Greenwich Village, it was delightful. It soon got dark and as we approached Rockefeller Center all the Christmas lights made my eyes twinkel. There were masses of tourists and is was hard to get trough all of them to find a good spot from were we could enjoy the spectacular light show. Worth it, it was but the real Holiday spirit was still missing. Family is important, I know, but especially being so far from home during this time of year you realize how much you love and miss them. I always looked forward to the christmas dinners with my family. On the 25th, first day of christmas I would have a big Christmas dinner with my fathers  side of the family. On the 26th, second day I would spent with my mothers side. Everybody would be there and it is usually more fun than other family gatherings, I don't know why but it just is. It was hard being away from all that but it made me all the more grateful to have spent it with a friend like Renee, I wouldn't have wanted it any other way.

From all that walking we were pretty tired the next day, but that was actually perfect because we had had a movie day planned. The first one we saw was Passengers which I really liked but the ending kind of sucked. The second film we saw was La La Land. It was a weird movie, but in a beautiful way. A movie were you still have to think about afterwards to realize what was actually going on. We still felt tired and fell asleep as soon as we found ourself back in our beds.

Yours Faithfully,

Elianne


Food and unexpected things #NYCLife13

Wednesday, December 28, 2016



It was a normal Friday night and we where chilling on the sofa in the joint activities hall at campus. The dining hall would open in just a couple of minutes and my tummy was rumbling. Just as we were about to get up David came running towards us. Slightly out of breath he asked us if we wanted to go to a free broadway show, we jumped at the opportunity. A few minutes later we found ourselves in Lucas' (the other amazing guy from activities) car riding to the train station. He explained what the musical was about since we had no idea. Apparently it had something to do with drag queens and Todrick Hall, which was all that I needed to know. I knew that would like it. Todrick Hall is a famous youtuber, from whom I had seen a lot of music video's and he is incredibly talented. The broadway show was called Kinky boots which might give you a hint of what the musical was about. It had it all, it was stupidly funny, stunning outfits, and the singing was unbelievably good. The company also made it all the better, they (David and Lucas) knew all the songs and I was so glad I got to experience this.

It had snowed during the night and after I had put on my glasses I could see a white blanket of snow covering all that was there to cover. Elien and I decided that we wanted to build a snowman. I asked my roommate Sofia (she is from Venezuela and had never build a snowman in her entire life) to help us build it. The snow was perfect and it turned out pretty good. Later on in the day some other student but a Trump mask on it's head. Well what'u gonna do 
In the evening Sofia and Luis (also from Venezuela) where making arepas and I was really curious to what it was. A buttery smell had filled the room by the time they had finished and I got to finally try it. I can't really describe the taste of it but it reminded me op popcorn, I surely liked it.

If you haven't seen the trailer of collateral beauty yet than stop reading this and go and watch it. It gave me the goosebumps the first time I saw it. We had reserved the best seats and where totally prepared to be amazed. About two hours later we were sobbing in tears, I had literally rivers flowing from my eyes. I loved every minute of it.

On Monday Renee, Elien, Sofia and I made chocchip cookies. Now that I am writing this I recognize that I had cookies last week also. Oh well I'll go to the gym tomorrow. They were extremely good though.

Bas' mom came to visit him this week and she invited us out to dinner on Tuesday. We went to sweetgrass, a really cute restaurant in Tarrytown. You have normal options but also some vegan one's, what Renee and I liked. I ordered the quinoa, kale and sweet potato burger, it was really good. As desert I shared a apple crumble pie thingy and vanilla bean ice cream with Renee, it was heavenly. And all the stories that we shared about Christmas made me truly exited for Xmas break!

Yours Faithfully,

Elianne


A freezing day in NYC #NYCLife12

Monday, December 12, 2016

  

I used to think that bowling was a thing I could do. Well apparently not.
We decided to go to the mall on Saturday for Renee her birthday to go bowling. We got a smoothie and did some Christmas shopping. We bought a tiny cute silver tree and some decorations for our dorm room and it really got me in the Christmas spirit. Once we got to the bowling alley, we were only allowed to play one game because there was a party being held there later on. Bas was terrible at it so he lost. Yuma, whom I thought had never bowled before actually had, she became second to last. Then there was me perfectly in the middle... I threw one strike though. Renee ended up scoring second place and Elien got first place.
We went back to the campus and hung out for a little while, and soon it was late in the evening. On every floor of our campus building there is a lounge, we went to ours and waited till 12. Renee her helium balloons were a perfect entertainment. I sang her happy birthday, twerked with Bas and Iris, and laughed a lot. Probably because I was tired and also it was likely that the helium had effected my brain cells.


The alarm went of at 8:15 the next day. It was terrible, but somehow I did not feel as tired as I should have been if you look at the amount of sleep I got that night. Which was 4 by the way. It was unbearably cold outside and my ten layers of clothes did not keep me warm. However you can blame me for that because I do not own a beanie or cloves as of yet. David from the activities showed us around Harlem. Renee and I got a little private tour of the borough which was cool. He told us all about how Harlem isn't in reality that bad, generalization just made it up to be. The church where the gospel choir would be singing looked kind of moldy and abandoned from the outside, but when we entered the building that image was complete overruled by the golden decorations and chicly dressed up women and men. The whole thing lasted for over three hours and none of them were spend listening to the chior. I was kind a mad about it but on the other hand not really because it really was a experience so to speek. We walked out and saw at least thirty fire trucks and police cars outside. Apparently a building had collapsed. I felt sad, such a place of love like I had just seen deserves more than what there given.
I hadn't eaten the whole day yet because we were not able to have breakfast this morning, so you can imagine that I was very very hungry. Renee wanted to go to by CHLOE (you know the vegan place we always go to) but than the sweets version, it was her birthday after all. I ate the best cookie maybe ever there. It was a really big, warm and chewy on the inside crunchy on the outside chocchip cookie.
The plan was to go iceskating in Bryant Park, but the cold denied us the pleasure (seriously it felt like minus 20) so we decided to go to the movies since it would be warm there. We went to see the edge of seventeen because it was on our list of movies we wanted to watch. If you like sarcastic, dark and harsh humor you will love this movie. I did.
Even though it felt like we were on the north pole it was still a pretty good day to end the week.

Yours Faithfully,

Elianne



My first ice hockey game #NYCLife11

Saturday, December 10, 2016



It will be Renee her birthday next week and she wanted to take some pictures before hand to put on her Instagram, which of course I wanted to help her with. We had planned to buy balloons for her and for me because than we could shoot some for my birthday as well. Unfortunately they did not have the eight anymore, *sad face*. However we did have a lot of fun with hers, it was quite obvious that it was her birthday(which actually it wasn't but we pretended it was for the fun of it), therefore a lot of random people wished her a happy birthday and recommended us the get wasted and spent a lot of money. Kind made me think about the whole purpose of prolonging the age of which you are allowed the legally drink to then get so bloody drunk that you brain matter gets destroyed anyway. Huh weird. After buying the balloons (which where ginormous by the way) we needed to find a bathroom for renee to change clothes in. We walked into a crowded Starbucks where we did not have any luck in finding it. We went through another door and suddenly stood in a lobby. There where to security guards sitting there who asked us if we needed to use the bathroom, which we did, whereafter they explained to us that there wasn't any. As disappointed as we where we gave them one last hopeful look, which granted us the question "Is it your birthday today?". He explained to us the way to the third-floor hidden toilet. We stepped into the elevator which had the tingly sound at the opening and closing point of the doors and the light that lit up green above the one who would arrive. I felt as if I was in a old movie. It took some looking around but we finally found the bathroom.
When we where done we greeted the guards, thanked them and headed on out. When we looked behind us we could see that we entered a real posh people building. We felt sort of special to have used that kind of gross, third-floor hidden toilet. Now Renee had her outfit on we could start shooting. It was a little hard because the place where we intended to shoot was occupied by a giant snow globe, we got the pictures though.
Ellen's Stardust diner is a restaurant just of Times square on broadway. I would not go there for the exquisite food (although the waffle fries where amazing) unless you really what the fatty salty American food. I would go there for the amazing experience. All of the waiters/waitresses are amazing singers, some more than others but still way better than your average person. Some of them have already been on broadway, some are still dreaming of someday making it. They sang everything from 'all the single ladies' to 'Les Miserable's: One day more', which almost made me cry, god I love Les Miz. Ten more birthday wishes later and we found ourselves back at the campus.



Ice hockey is a sport that I have always wanted to attend a game of, I don't no why but it just intrigues me. We where at the New York Rangers - Carolina Hurricanes game in Maddison Square Garden on Saturday. Once again we where surrounded by Dutch people. I do not no how or why but Renee and I always seem to find the people we definitely do not what to get in contact with while doing these types of things. Luckily for us there were also a lot of overwhelmingly loud screaming americans behind us. We where satisfied that we got a glimpse of the beer drinking, regrettably stupid mid twenties generation. The Rangers won with four against two. It was a great weekend of celebration our birthday's together even though not one of us where actually born on December the second. We just generally wanted to celebrate with each other that is why we renamed the 2nd of December as our joint birthday.
Yours Faithfully,

Elianne

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