Saturday, October 30, 2004


Hurray, winter is coming, and everybody'll sleep an hour more.

Now, where to buy a nice coat to get THROUGH the winter...

My parents left a few days ago, and with no appointments to look out for the future looks a bit empty, but not in a threathening way, one or two weeks on my own will be nice again, and of course I do know SOME people here, so I certainly won't be completely alone.
Christmas is right around the corner anyhow, and I'll be coming home for a while then.

In the meantime I'm mostly enjoying the album Acda en de Munnik - Hier Zijn. Furthermore of course I'm still exploring Paris, and I plan on doing something with a Dutch girl I met here.

There's not much to tell really, as allways.

Bon courage mes amis.

Thursday, October 21, 2004


Geesje dit a moi que vous lisez mon journal tout le temps, mais vous ne pouvez pas lire à l'Anglais et vous esaayez lire cette journal avec une dictionaire. Et donc, pour vous, je vais ecrire cette message en Français parce-que je pense vous pouvez lire le Français plus mieux. Je me excuse pour mon Français, c'est pas encore plus bien. Mais, je pense, vous me peut comprenez. Comment vous allez? Tout est bon dans Leeuwarden? J'espère ça. Avez vous recevez ma carte? Je me demande combien de jours il a pris devant arriver à les Pays-Bas, la poste n'est pas plus vite.

Alors, je ne sais pas quoi je vous veux dire et pour cette raison je vous dit: Au Revoir

This post will be continued in English from now on, talking French is one thing, but writing is harder. It's weird because throughout school I thought speaking was harder than writing, but that's not the case, not for me. I think I'm better at speaking than at writing anyway. It's a pity with the phone rates beeing as high as they are.

It was good having Hana and Irma here(het was erg 'speciaal':s) I really enjoyed, they seemed really normal and Dutch, which was a relief. They didn't have great condition though, beeing tired all the time... All in all, I'm glad they came and I had a really good time.

I have to run though, I was planning to write a bit more, but I have a few things to do before going to work.
Au revoir

Monday, October 18, 2004


I'm on my own now, the russian stagiare with whom I was working three days a week will be gone in a few days. From now one I will have to manage the restaurant and kitchen on my own during weekends. I can't say I'm looking forward to it, but it should very well be possible, I just can't be as lazy anymore.

Furthermore, if I book far enough in advance, I can book myself a room at any hotel of intercontinental hotels for about 30 euro's a night. Sounds good to me..

This afternoon Hana and Irma will be arriving.

And that's all.

Saturday, October 16, 2004


that's the word best describing work last week, hardly any customers, you just wait eight hours and then you're off, it completely sucks, but it also completely beats working TOO hard. Next week will be madness, a full hotel, two seminars a day... After that it'll be quiet again.

Last few days were days of mixed feelings. After the visit my leave seemed astoundingly empty, horrifying, I can't sit still, and I don't want to. I'm getting better at living here on my own, but that doesn't mean I like a visit. Of course, change is always attractive, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence(or the way I see it, the people on the other side of the metrotracks look a lot nicer). Ah well, just two days till the arrival of Hana and Irma(with a little luck they bore me so thoroughly to death that I will again be quite contend with living by myself, however, knowing Hana and Irma, this won't happen) And when they're gone, my parents. Haven't seen them in one and a half month, quite some time when you're not used to it.

Luckily the Beatles are here to comfort me, and also those other musicians regularly performing in my Discman. Thanks Paul, John, Ringo, George

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Post 12, Imktje was here

Not that she'll be writing this, she's probably forgotten the adress of this site again anyway.

But she WAS here. And it was great, I won't be going into details of what I've shown her around here, though she seemed to like the eiffel tower a LOT. By the way Imktje, after you left, the clouds dissappeared, and the sun was shining, bad luck.
I didn't really know her before, she was a girl who I'd see at a party for a few hours, and then we didn't meet for months. Too bad, because it's been really good getting to know her. It also really lifted my spirit. The day started slow, as I was travelling with her to the train station, we were really afraid of missing the train, the RER didn't seem to be going at any speed, but the worrying was completely unnescessary as it turned out. That was the worst moment this weekend(oh, and also when she scared me to death by saying she had to validate the tickets with a credit card, which she didn't have, turned out she was mistaken, and she realized after half a minute... a really long and agonizing minute. Of course it wasn't the prospect of having to be with Imktje longer than nescessary, you probably guessed, but I figured it might be wise to clarify anyway.

At the moment I am awaiting some phonecalls. Parents, call, Laura, I told you to call, so, call. All other calls are welcome to, anytime, anyday. As long as you don't fucking wake me, I need some sleep right?

I think my French is really starting to become somewhat ok. Feels good.

Don't know of anything else to write, maybe I'll update in just a few minutes, maybe not.

Take care,

Thursday, October 07, 2004

One month, two days.

Doesn't feel like a month really. Yet, if I look back on last month, the first week is like ages ago. At the moment, everything is as good as it gets. Well not entirely, but I'm quite ok really. My French IS still getting better, and my colleagues(sp) seem to think so too.

Two days ago, as I was sitting in an internet cafe some girl next to me was talking English to an employee with a huge Dutch accent. Turned out to be that she was a Dutch girl, desperatly searching for a room here. At the moment she had been living in a hotel for a week, but as it was too expensive she had to move out the next day (yesterday). Well as it went, we did find a nice room, albeeit VERY expensive, but I guess her parents were happy to support her, I don't yet know if she has gotten the room, it wouldn't have been available for another nine days. Meanwhile she'll be sleeping in a youth hostel, though she didn't like the prospect of having to share a room with complete strangers. But she'll be ok.

Furthermore, Imktje is coming by this weekend, it has been a bit of a hassle planning everything, but it turned out to be possible. My room will be rather cramped for a few days, but that's just a minor discomfort. The house-owner, well she didn't like it much, but it was ok for once, as long as I didn't invite friends every now and then, just this once. Besides, for everybody coming by, there are a lot of cheap hotels and hostels.(there is a hotel on one of the islands(completely in the center of Paris) on a very nice square in a 400 year old building, in which you can get a 2 person room for like 20-30 Euro's a night, not much of a luxury thing going probably, but you don't have to sleep in a dorm)

So, are any of you jealous jet? If so, say so, and tell me what you're jealous about most.. OR ask me to take pictures of something you want to see, my parents will be coming by in a while, and I'll be able to post some more pictures then. Just make a can be anything, as I don't have to oblige..anyting about my room perhaps?

That's it for today, Au Revoir

- Your buddy in Paris