“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice”
Is it possible to feel like you’ve lived a year’s worth of time in a few short weeks? It may be atypical but this is exactly how the holiday season has seemed to me. It would be best described through a story of pictures and that’s exactly what I’m going to give you. Each photo shares a memory that I will never forget, with people who I love. And then followed by some surprising news.
First week of December -Daytrip to Düsseldorf, Germany setup by the International Student Network.
December 13th-15th: One of my childhood friends from Florida, Marilyn, came to Amsterdam to visit me. We took a 9 hour bus ride to Paris and spent two nights there. My feet felt like they were about to fall off after all that walking!
December 15th-17th: Flew to Madrid, Spain.
We flew back to Amsterdam, and this time I got to play tour guide for Marilyn. I had just turned 21, which isn’t a huge deal in Europe but it was still nice to have a friend here for it. She flew out on Christmas Eve. For Christmas, I got to join my boyfriend’s family to celebrate in a small Dutch town about two hours south near the Belgian border. It seems like I talk about food way too much, but the Surinamese dishes they prepared were amazing. It’s exotic, flavorful, and with a hint of Indonesian definitely little tropical. Add some spice to the mix and boom! you have food from Suriname which is a former Dutch colony, in North Eastern South America. All in all a wonderful Christmas Eve at a home away from home.
December 27th-January 1st 2012: Nick and I flew to what would become my favorite city in the world, Barcelona. I already know I want to live there someday. An ocean side city, surrounded by mountains with its own unique culture and language, Catalan, in one word: magical. One week was not enough.
I have never felt more inspired by the art in a city then I did in Barcelona. Gaudi is now added to the list of people whom I admire. We spent the rest of the time walking down Las Ramblas, going to many museums like Joan Miro and Picasso, spending a day in Park Guell (another Gaudi jewel). We finally ended up counting down the New Year outside the Catalan National Art Museum by eating twelve grapes and drinking cava (its Spanish tradition). As for new years resolutions: my main goals for the new year are to create an art portfolio and become a master at photoshop and graphic design. On a side note for those of you who don’t know Nick, he is also a Bellarmine graduate and former tennis player. We both feel so lucky to be connected to a school that has given us so many chances to travel.
January 2nd-9th: My mom, Cathy, came to visit me in Amsterdam! You may recognize her, she’s a personal trainer and yoga instructor, who also works part time at Bellarmine’s SURF.
Saying goodbye to my Mom was hard, but not that bad. Maybe because I’m more mature, or have become more independant….or maybe it’s because I’M COMING HOME ON JANUARY 18TH! My parents surprised me with the offer of coming home for two weeks because classes don’t start until next month. So Bellarmine, for now my European adventures are being put on hold while I return back to good ole’ Kentucky. I hope to see all of you on campus!
xxx (three dutch kisses) – Tatiana