mei 20

France, preparations for Bali and going back to Chicago?!

Hey everyone! What’s up!

So last time I told you guys about me going to Bali starting this September. After I heard I could go there I promised myself not to book any other trips anymore so I could save up as much money as possible. But of course, I can’t stay away from ‘looking’ looking at trips. So the day after I planned my trip to France with Eleni and Marijne…

So let’s start with that! My trip to France!

April 23th I woke up early and went to Marijne her house where we had to wait for Eleni. Marijne is a friend of mine who studies in Lille, France for a couple of months. She wants to become a French teacher and during her time her she can make her French even better!
When Eleni arrived we put everything in the car and then we left on our roadtrip to France! Just 15 minutes on our way we stopped for our first break at the police station in Zwolle for a hot chocolate. After that we continued. Doing our research we knew all the shops would be closed on Sunday in Lille. So we decided to stop on our way in Gent, Belgium. Here we wandered around in the city, visited a castle and drank some more hot chocolate. After a couple of hours in Gent we drove further to Lille. We arrived a little later at our destination because Marijne and I were the worst navigators and because Marijne started to recognize THE AREA SHE LIVES IN half a mile before we got at her place. After unpacking our stuff in a mini room and eating Dutch pancakes made by a French guy (because he said he knew how to make them better) we went to sleep.

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Let’s go!

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Castle in Gent, Belgium

The video below shows how much space we had in the mini room:

The next morning we woke up early, we wanted to do and see as much as possible. We started off at the Zoo, followed by picnicing at a park (we only had chips). Later we walked around and went to the city. Marijne (who was sure she knew where we were) sent us the wrong way. She didn’t want to listen to my navigation on my phone. So we had to walk a little further than planned. In the city we got our ‘real’ lunch at a burgerplace. There was litteraly no one at that place but I pulled Marijne and Eleni in. The people there were so happy we were there so they gave us free fries while we didn’t even order that. I guess they also liked that we were Dutch and that I didn’t understand anything they said. So when I had to take my paying card out of the machine it took a while before I finally understood. That evening we went to a barbecue organized for international students at the university there. It was fun, but we thought it was free. Usually in France you have to take something with you and then you can get other peoples stuff too. But now we had to pay for the other stuff.. Friends of Marijne called someone who didn’t arrive yet and that person got more food for everyone so we didn’t have to pay. After a fun and long day we went back to the mini room and decided we could sleep in a little the next day.

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Burger with FREE fries

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Wandering around in Lille

Tuesdaymorning we went to the store and got some food for our picnic breakfast. Marijne had class that day so Eleni and I decided to take the metro to Roubaix. A lot of places were closed here, so we were done pretty fast. So we took the metro to the end stop which wasn’t as touristy as we expected. We already sent Marijne a text we were there, so at the time she arrived Eleni and I were already somewhere else. Marijne didn’t get that text due to bad connection. So after calling and texting she finally found us! 🙂 We still didn’t find anything to do so we started to look for a pizzeria back in Lille, and no, we didn’t find a normal pizzeria like we wanted. So we went to another restaurant Marijne knew about.

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Picnic as breakfast

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Roubaix

Wednesday we went to a Natural History Museum. It was really interesting there, they also had explanation in Dutch. But they put the flag upside down. So when we told the people there they said it didn’t matter and that they noticed Dutch people speak loudly in a museum. I don’t know, shouldn’t we be talking then…? At noon we got a real French nutella crêpe and we went to Marijne her school because she had to work on a project. Eleni and I got bored so we walked around and got lost in the university. After walking several laps and for a long time we finally found Marijne who was finished by that time. At night and the next morning Eleni and I packed our stuff because we would leave already.
Then April 27th, KINGSDAY in the Netherlands and Eleni and I were driving in Belgium. Eleni (addicted to ‘fancy fish’) wanted to stop by some places. At the end of the day and a lot of fish stores later we arrived in Meppel with 21 fishes. Eleni will sell these fishes again and maybe she will keep a couple for herself.

So that was our story of what we did in France. Marijne is also writing blogs of her time there and you could also read about this week in her perspective. Just click HERE to read her blog. She’s writing in French and Dutch.


Next up: A trip to Chicago?!

Yes, it’s true. After I broke my promise with myself on not going on more trips I also booked tickets to Chicago again for this summer… :p
I got super exciting news from my hfamily in the USA. My second hsister Tessa is getting married this summer! And knowing the wedding will be in August / summerbreak I really wanted to go. So after a lot of doubts, I did decide to buy tickets again. It would be amazing to be able to attent the wedding. 😀

 

Preparations for Bali

These past weeks I’ve started with the preparations on going to Bali. I had to get a new passport because mine wouldn’t be valid long enough.  I also got in contact with the others who will be going to Bali. We’ll go there with a group of students and now I finally know who the others are. Currently we’re with 14 girls, but there will probably be 2 guys who will join us and maybe some other people. We’ll hear that somewhere this week I think.

Thursdaynight we met up with the group. We went to Windesheim (the school I’m doing this minor with) and we got to know eachother. We also skyped 4 students who are currently in Bali with the same minor. It is really fun to see what people are doing there right now. I really liked the fellow students who are going! It was a great night and we talked a lot!

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Meeting the fellow students who will go to Bali with me!

Meeting everyone was like a huge step closer to the real adventure. Now you know who you’ll be traveling with. We will probably book our tickets somewhere this week! So that’s really exciting! 😀

 

Hope you enjoyed reading this! Byee!

mrt 19

1,5 year later….. A quick update

Hey everyone!

I just realised my last blogpost was July 29th 2015. So why not giving an update of what has been going on to now. I have some really excited news too! So more posts will be posted after this one.

So what’s been going on the past 1,5 year?

Arianna:
Last year we hosted Arianna from Italy. She spent a year in The Netherlands with AFS. It was an amazing year with her. We took her like everywhere where we could take her. She lived with us from August 2015 until July 2016. Arianna already came back last Christmas (2016) and she joined us when we went to Austria for wintersports this February. 🙂

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Summer:
The day Arianna went back home to Italy I went back ‘home’ to America. Leah got married this summer. My ‘real’ parents were at her wedding while I was making exams back home.. Too bad I couldn’t make it there earlier.. But now I was home with Arianna during her last weeks in The Nederlands.
So I went back to my hostfamily in the US and had an amazing summer. I met up with friends of mine and showed my parents Chicago during the 2 days they were there with me. I also made a trip with my hmom, Jed, Hannah and Micah around Lake Michigan. Here we saw a lot of amazing stuff. I also went visiting Jeri (my mom’s hsister) and the family in Alabama. My hfamily also got a new puppy this summer, Denali. She’s a white husky and really cute!

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Chicago with my parents

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Giordano’s with my parents, hparents and some hsiblings

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Pictured rocks

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Birmingham Alabama with Jeri and Paige

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Cheaha state park

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With my hfamily including all the dogs

AFS:
Right now I’m still a volunteer for AFS. I often help with activities for the students who are in The Netherlands. Then I help at camps where I give workshops.
During this past 1,5 year I’ve met up with some other AFS’ers that I met during my year in Chicago. Pia did visit me in the Netherlands and I went to her place in Germany. I also went to Switserland to visit Seraina and Diane. It’s always great to meet up with people!

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AFS camp with the volunteers

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With Ellie, Seraina and Diane in Zurich, Switserland

Dukky / Yerke:
Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to our dog Dukky this January.. Dukky had kidney failures and after giving him a lot of medication to make him better and after a lot of appointments he didn’t get better. Not wanting him to suffer we decided to let him go… It wasn’t nice to see him shivering and not eating. It was hard to say goodbye..

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With Dukky

It was so quiet in our house after Dukky was gone. Later my dad was looking online and he saw this really cute puppy. We weren’t planning on getting a new dog. But we went to the breeder to check the dog out and we took him home. Now Yerke is a new family member at our house. He still has to learn a lot, but he is going good right now. Yerke has his own instagram account: @kooikeryerke.

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Yerke found out shopping makes you tired

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Yerke in the backyard

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Skating meet

Skating:
This past season I changed skating club in the Netherlands. I’m studying in the south of NL now so I decided to change club. Right now I’m skating for Shorttrack Brabant. I don’t practice that much as I used to do anymore. There are two practices I could join in a week. But it’s exactly at this time that I have classes often. I do try to go. But it didn’t really work out this winter…

In January we had nature ice again. We could skate on the lakes and it was amazing!! The first day I went skating with my dad. Knowing there was a 50/50 percent we would break through the ice. We still chose to go, because we didn’t know when we would be able to skate again. And everything was fine with the ice! 🙂

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Happy skating on the canals

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Skating on the lake

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On the lake with my parents and brother

School:
I started my study Human and Technology (healthcare technology) September 2015. Therefor I had to move out and now I’m living in a house with four other students. I’m still often going home at weekends. This is like a 3 hour travel. I passed all my classes the first year, and now I’m halfway the second year. In September I’ll have to start a minor. I will probably go to Bali for that. I still have to talk to a foundation. If they are enthusiastic there is a big chance I can go! 😀 If I can go, I’ll write posts more often again! Starting with the preparation!

So this is what I’ve been up to. Of course I did much more. But this does summarize the important things what happened to me the past 1,5 year.

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My last week in the US.. 4 weeks home already..

So.. It’s July 29th and I’ve been home for 4 weeks now. Time has gone by so fast!! I really miss the US and all the people I met there. Let’s go back in time and see what I’ve done.
I told in my last blog that Eleni (my NL friend who visited me) would write a post about the week she was with me. Unfortunately she didn’t have time for it yet. So I will see if I have some time to write it myself. I already have to think a lot about the last weeks what I’ve done. It’s easier to write about the week with Eleni because I have a lot of pictures. So that one will come later.

In the last week in the US I tried to see as many people as possible. The day after my last blog I met up with my psychology buddies Michelle, Kayla and Katie. Michelle picked me up and we went to Chick-fil-a. Here we talked and unfortunately I already had to say goodbye to them.. It was great to see them and it is sad that I don’t know when I will see them again… I also made plans with the family to have a goodbye party that Saturday, or the way as Hannah calls it: ‘Celebrating Anke is leaving party’ haha Love you too Hannah. 😉

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Chick-fil-a with Katie, Michelle and Kayla

Friday we went in the morning to Noah’s house to walk the puppies Strider and Cinder. Later that day I went gardening with Hannah to clean for the goodbye party. Most people walk around the house so we had to cut all the branches so the path was clear. We cut off a lot haha. In the Evening Beatriz and a friend of her came over to say goodbye. She wouldn’t be able to come to the party the next day. Hannah and I were already tie dying, so Beatriz and her friend joined. The shirts turned out pretty good!! Way better than the ones we made in Hayward I think. But this was other kind of dye which I liked better!

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With Beatriz

Saturday morning I got up early. Tessa and Jed (and the puppy Ruger) left to go to Hayward that morning and I wanted to say goodbye before they left. After they left I went back to bed for a few more hours. When I woke up again and came out of bed Brandon was already there. He would help make my kitkat cake for my goodbye party. In the morning Hannah, Brandon and I first went for a bike ride. On our way we also went to Jewel where we bought some more strawberries for my cake and we bought some ice cream which we finished in front of the door before we went back home. It was kinda wet outside so when we came home we were all dirty. Brandon didn’t have extra clothes so after we all took a shower he was walking around in my pajamas haha. I also got a flat tire again. This was my 3rd flat tire on that bike in the year. Earlier this year I had 2 flat tires at the same time on that bike.

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Biking with Hannah and Brandon

I helped making the cake. Although I only dipped the strawberries in the chocolate, mixed the pudding and gave the kitkats when they were needed. While we were making the cake my coach  Eric came helping too to make the barbecue ready. The way he started it looked pretty cool! 🙂 We also got rid of one tree that was eaten by beavers in our backyard. Around 4pm the first people came for my goodbye party. Unfortunately we planned this a little late so not all my friends could come.. But a lot of people of my skating team came and some friends came by real quick. I’m so happy everyone who came could be there and that they came to say goodbye!! They were all really important in my year there and my exchange year wouldn’t have been so great without them.

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My kitkat cake!!

We had set up a volleyball tournament in our backyard. The teams where really even!! You would win when you had 25 points I think. But you had to be up by 2 points. After a long time my team won with 29-27 I think (not 100% sure). My house there is next to the creek, so every time we shoot the ball in there Ethan went into the canoe to get the ball back. The first time with pushing the canoe into the water it went wrong and Ethan was all wet haha. The other times it went good luckily haha. There was also a deer that we could pet. It was so cool!! The picture isn’t that good. But I’m still really happy with it!
After that we had a campfire. The fire didn’t work that good, as usual. We never had a fire that worked the first time we tried haha.

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Petting a deer!

Ethan and Brandon slept over that night. Hannah went to bed earlier and we were still talking. I was half sleeping too. They got my Dutch phone and put a reminder in it for when I would be back.  I had to promise that I wouldn’t open it until the reminder would pop up.

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Such good friends, taking pictures when I fell asleep..

On Sunday we all went to church. After that we went with the whole Bosman family (except Tessa and Jed), Brandon, Ethan and his family to lunch at Honey jam. I had nutella crepes with bananas and Hannah got something else. We both didn’t know what to get so we both ordered something and we shared it. After that at home I played tennis with my hdad, Hannah, Micah and Brandon. My back started to hurt pretty bad.. So I stopped after a while and I just watched.

In the evening we went to practice. This was my last practice with Glen Ellyn. This was sad.. 🙁 At the end we made a group picture. I really miss this team…. (On the picture I’m wearing one of my shirts that I tie dyed!! 🙂

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Last practice with GESS

After practice I went to Rachel. She wasn’t able to come to my goodbye party. I still wanted to see her, so I went to her house. Here we just talked and later her mom brought me home. During the week I already started to pack a lot. But Monday I really had to finish this. Hannah left me because she had to go to a practice. Brandon came over to help me packing. All my stuff didn’t fit in one suitcase. So I got a big hockey bag where I put all my stuff in that I had left. After that we just went to the basement where we played some pool. I also made a video all around the house.

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Packing……

In the evening Hannah was home again. So I could still see her!! I had to be between 7 and 9pm at Elmhurst college. This is pretty close to my house. So around 8.30pm we left and we first went with the whole family and Brandon to Oberweiss to get ice cream and after that we drove to the college. Here they had to drop me off.. I really had to say goodbye (and see you soon) to my family where I stayed the whole year… Around 9.15 they left and I was left with all the other exchange students who were left in my area. AFS told us real quick what would happen the next day and after that we could do what we wanted to do.

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Last American ice cream with the family

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With Brandon, Micah and Hannah

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Saying goodbye to Hannah….

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Last family picture!!

That night I didn’t sleep a lot. I really wanted to enjoy my time with my friends from around the world. Alexia (Brazil) said I couldn’t go to my bed. So then I got my pillow and went to the couch where I laid down. I couldn’t fall asleep. I think later I slept for like 20 minutes. Not long after that it was time to get up because we had to be downstairs around 5am. During this night I also exchanged shirts with Eviny. She has a shirt from NL now and I have a Brazil shirt! 🙂

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I’m Brazilian!! Oi, tudo bem? Eu bebo agua!! 🙂

When we were all downstairs the names where checked and we had to hand in our keys. We had to walk to another building of the college. This wasn’t that far, but it was kinda hard to get there because the hockey bag didn’t have wheels. Matheus and someone from AFS helped me to get my bags to the parking place where we had to bring it too (thank you!!!!!). The parking place was full of bags. There were so many people there!! And more bags!! We were all in a big gym, here I slept for 2 hours or so on the bleachers. After that I walked around a bit and I watched a movie with Ana. In the noon we found out that there is a nap room. So then I went there and slept for a while there too. After that it was time to get ready to go to the bus. So saying goodbye to some other people who were still left and after that I went to the bus. My Brazilian friends walked with me, they also helped me to get my bags in the bus. I was kinda struggling with it… So then I had to say another time goodbye and went into the bus..

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All the bags on the parking place. (not all the bags are in the picture)

Arrived at the airport I was left with 3 others from NL who would fly with me and some others who would fly somewhere else from London. My bags where both the perfect weight and I could even take of 2 of my 4 shirts. So that was really good!! At O’Hare we had a while to wait. Here me and Rick got some food and I bought a magnet of Chicago. After a while waiting we could finally go into the plane. We (all the NL AFS’ers) didn’t have seats together. So I was sitting with people I didn’t know. It was a really nice plane. In the plane I watched some movies. I was really tired so I fell asleep during the movies… I also missed my food. But the food wasn’t that good I heard, and I still had a chocolate muffin. 🙂

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Plane..

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Dutchies on their way to NL

At Heathrow we only had one hour layover. Because of that we could go in the ‘fast line’. So after that we were in time for our flight. It didn’t take too long before we could board for our next and last flight back to the Netherlands. This flight didn’t take too long. When we landed we went to get our luggage. Here I already saw my parents, brother and Freya (his girlfriend) and dog. It was great to see them. And they had made a great banner for me. (See picture)

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Reunited with my NL family

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Welcome home bbq

We had a barbecue with some family and friends when I came home. It was good to see everyone again. My grandma made soup and my dad bought special for me an ice cube machine. Because I asked for ice at home when I came back haha. One of the first things I found out is that my room here is pretty small. There was also a sign on my door which said: ‘No own bathroom, no walk in closet.. Sorry. Welcome back in your own room!’

The first week I was home it was really hot. These days I went a lot of times with the boat. I also met Kati and Beatriz, AFS’er from Texas, USA and Brazil. It was great meeting them!! I biked with a Kati and I saw her a lot of times. I saw Beatriz only once when she came visit with her hfamily and she slept over.

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Enjoying the nice weather

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Enjoying the nice weather, monoskiing

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Enjoying the nice weather, wakeboarding

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Enjoying the nice weather, waterskiing

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Enjoying the nice weather

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With Kati from Texas, USA in our hometown Wanneperveen

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Biking with Kati

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In Giethoorn with Beatriz from Brazil

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Giethoorn with Beatriz and my mom

 

The last weeks I’ve been really busy. I worked a lot by my grandparents, I decided what I will study and I started preparing everything for the study. I will study ‘Mens en Techniek’ (human and technology) in Tilburg. This is all in the South of the Netherlands and I had to find a room here. I found one and I already got some of my books I’ll need online. My skating team sent me a picture where they made my name on the skating rink. This was really nice to see. I miss them..

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Looking for a room in Tilburg

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My US skating team made my name on the ice 🙂

One really cool thing I had with work was that there was a customer who was an AFS’er 50 years ago. It was so cool to meet him!! I made a picture too of course!

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With an 50 year AFS returnee

On August 21st I will get an Italian AFS sister. We will host her. I’m really excited to meet her in real!! Can’t wait to meet her!!!

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Skyping with Arianna and her family

AFS still looks for more hostfamilies in the USA and in NL. So if you’re interested to host someone then you can check it out on www.afsusa.org or www.afs.nl/gastgezin !!!!  It is really fun!! And the student you will host will be really thankful!

The coming weeks I will prepare more for my study and I will work some more. I will also try to write the blog about the week Eleni was in Chicago.

Byee!! Hello from the Netherlands!!!!

jun 24

Hayward

Heey Everyone,

It is a while ago I wrote my blog. I just have one week left in the US right now and I can’t believe it!! 😮 I don’t want to go home yet, I just want to stay a little longer with those amazing people here.

I ended last time with my hbrothers getting puppies. So it is great having puppies here. The name of Jed’s dog is Ruger, he lives in the same house as me. So I see that puppy a lot of times. My oldest hbrother Luke got this week a puppy named Cinder. It was a surprise for all of us. Because we didn’t know that he would get a puppy too. All the puppies are really cute!! 🙂

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Ruger (Jed), Strider (Noah) and Cinder (Luke)

My last day of class at Willowbrook highschool was June 4th. This day we did review for our finals. A lot of seniors weren’t there because they didn’t have to make finals and would graduate that Sunday. I went to the graduation and it was great to see. Just like a movie. Everyone is wearing the special graduation clothes and they got called name by name to walk over the stage. After the ceremony I went with Rachel and her family to Gullivers. Here we ate deep dish pizza. It was a lot of fun!! I’m really proud of all my friends who graduated this year!! You guys are awesome!!

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Graduation ceremony

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With Rachel

I was done with school after my last final on June 9th. I only had 1 final that day, so I was done really early. To start off the summer good I went with Natika and Alicen to Simons to eat breakfast. It was a lot of food. We also came with the idea to go to Starbucks. Which was fun but maybe not the best idea. I couldn’t finish my drink there because it was just too much after the big breakfast. After that I walked together with Natika to her home where we could get the car so she could drop me off at my home. From there I would first go downtown with another exchange student. But it was hard to catch the train and it would get too late because I had to get up really early the next morning. So that’s why I didn’t go and I went to skating practice instead.

That evening I finished packing my bag to go to the lake house of my hfamily in Hayward, Wisconsin. Éviny came too, because she would come with us there. Also Ethan and Michael (skaters) came with. The next morning we had to leave around 6am. We first had to put all the bags in the car and we had to fit all the bikes we had on the cars. In total we had like 8 bikes to take with. On each car we fit 3 bikes and my hdad who drove up later that week brought the other 2 bikes. The first day we stayed around the house. Just looking around and make plans for later that week. Hannah, Ethan, Michael and I did an dryland practice. After that we all went swimming and canoeing in the lake. I also had a watermelon eating competition with Ethan. After finishing 1,75 watermelon together we decided to stop because we weren’t sure if it was still healthy. That day we had some problems with the water in the house. So we had to take our bath in the lake. It was kinda cool haha. We just walked into the water with our shampoo and conditioner to wash our hair. Again a new experience! 🙂 In the evening we enjoyed the amazing sunset above the lake.

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On our way to Hayward with all the bikes

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My hfamily’s lake house in Hayward, Wisconsin

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Dryland practice at the lake house

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Our ‘bath’

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Sunset

The next morning we went canoeing again. Michael caught a crawfish while we were getting the canoe ready. So of course we took pictures with the crawfish before we left. We went onto the lake pretty far. Ethan was too late to get into the canoe and so we left, he went to get donuts together with Tessa. It is a family tradition to go under in the water the first morning and then you can get a donut. So when we came back from canoeing we first had to go all the way under the water to deserve our donut. Later that day we went to an inline track so Hannah, Ethan and Michael could do a practice. Éviny, Tessa and I just made pictures. We found a small place with a lot of flowers. Éviny and I made a lot of pictures in here until the others came back. We also went biking. Hannah, Ethan and Michael more as a practice. Me, Éviny and Tessa more for fun. In the evening we played volleyball and we enjoyed the sunset again. Hannah, Éviny, Ethan, Michael and I also had a campfire that night. It wasn’t a big success. But the fire was just good enough to make our hotdogs and smores. It rained earlier that day so a lot of the branches where wet and didn’t want to burn.

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Crawfish

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With the crawfish

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Canoeing

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Hannah, Ethan and Michael doing their inline practice

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Flower pictures with Éviny

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Flower pictures with Éviny

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Biking with Éviny and Tessa

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Sunset with Éviny <3

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Making hotdogs

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Smores

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Campfire

The third day we left in the morning to Duluth, Minnesota. It is really pretty there!! First we went to a small beach which was still in Wisconsin. While we were driving here Éviny said it looked like the place where she lives in Brazil. It was really pretty, so I’m kinda jealous now. Haha Sure I will go to visit her!! After that we really went into Minnesota where we started at the Enger tower. This is an old tower which is there for a memory for someone. From the tower you could see over Duluth. It is really pretty!! After the tower we walked around through the park, there was a Japanese (?) bell which you could hit. So we all hit this. When we were done looking around there we left to the cliff jumping place. Hannah already showed me pictures of when she was there before. I couldn’t wait to jump!! It was really cool!! We didn’t jump from the highest spot, just to keep it safe. But there were people who climbed into a tree to get even higher and then they jumped. The place we jumped is like a big hole which is really deep (I don’t know how deep). It was great to jump down there!! After that we went into town. Here is another family tradition, if you swim in lake superior then you get ice cream. But it was really windy and cold. So we were walking around with towels around us and we didn’t even want to swim or eat ice cream. We went to a pizza place to eat  and we walked around town. We were really tired after. So we just drove back to Hayward instead of going somewhere else. In the evening we had some fireworks which we fired next to the lake. It was a great and long day!!!

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With my hmom and hsister Hannah

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Michael, Ethan, me, my hmom, Éviny and Hannah at the Enger tower

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Japanese bell

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Cliff jumping

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Cliff jumping

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In the waterfall

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The place we went cliff jumping

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Downtown Lakewalk with Hannah, Michael, Ethan and Éviny

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Fireworks at the lake

The next day we went into town and we went fishing. In town Hannah, Éviny and I went in a lot of stores without buying anything. We were in the 4th store when the guys had seen the whole town. So they had to wait for a while. We bought some tie dye in a store and on our way back to the house we bought some white shirts at Walmart to tie dye. With fishing Éviny won with catching the biggest and the smallest fish. We kept one fish we caught to eat. We skinned it and baked it ourselves. In the evening we tie dyed our white shirts we bought and we watched the Hawks game, who were still playing the Stanley Cup.

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Going fishing

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I caught a fish, with my hdad in the background

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Éviny got the biggest fish

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Getting the fish ready to cook

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Getting the fish ready to cook

The last full day in Hayward we went tubing. It was so much fun!! We couldn’t stop laughing. I also went on the sea-doo with Hannah and Éviny. Hannah drove and we got to the maximum speed of 69 Miles per hour. It was great!! We went mountainbiking too that day and we played some more volleyball with the family. Tessa punched her uncle somewhere this week. With this she fractured her arm. A stupid way to do that, but we can laugh about it. In the evening with sunset we made some awesome pictures!! That evening we had to pack our bags again and we would leave the next morning back home with my hdad. My hmom would stay a little longer in Hayward.

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Tubing

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Tubing

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When your hsister grabs on to you in stead of the tube……

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Enjoying the lake

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Tubing

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Mountain biking

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Summer

When we got home we Éviny and I finished the movie we were watching and we just rested. In the evening we went to Seraina to say goodbye. She would go with her hfamily to Mexico and after that she would travel with her own family through the US. So we wouldn’t see her anymore. Bruno was here too and later in the evening Roos came. Éviny and I got picked up just after the Hawks game began. That night was the last game of the Stanley cup if the Hawks would win. So we wanted to be home quick. But there was a lot of rain and roads were flooded. So it took a really long time to drop off Éviny and after that it took like double the normal time to get home. The traffic was horrible. I think houses in my neighborhood where flooded, my house is more on a hill. So ours wasn’t flooded. The water came up high in our backyard. I walked into the water and only halfway the backyard I was into the water too over my middle, of course I had to walk into the water again to make pictures and videos haha. The Blackhawks won the game that night. This meant they won their 4th game against Tampa Bay. They had to win 4 to win the Stanley Cup. So hereby they won the Stanley cup! 😀

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Visiting Seraina to say goodbye…

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Backyard flooded

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Backyard flooded

The next day I had a day to clean my room before Eleni would come to visit me for a week. Eleni is a friend from the Netherlands who went to the same school as me. Once I was joking that she should come so I could put my stuff in her suitcase to bring back for me. She looked up prices and thought it would be a good idea. I never expected she would really come. I picked her up after my skating practice where I had to leave a little earlier. I asked her to write a blog about her week here. I will upload that one when it is done. 🙂 It will probably be in Dutch, but my website has an translation button. So you can always translate it!! 😀 I’m just telling you it was a great week!!!!!!

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Chicago with Eleni

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Chicago with Eleni

Yesterday we dropped off Eleni at the airport again after a great week (blog comes later). Her flight was delayed with 22 hours. But we managed it to get her on an earlier flight that day. So she is back in the Netherlands again now. At night I had my last skating practice on ice with Glen Ellyn Speedskating. I brought some souvenirs to practice that KPN (the sponsor of the Dutch skating) gave me to give away here. So now everyone from the club who was there had a souvenir from the Netherlands. I can’t believe I am back in the Netherlands next week.. I don’t wanna leave yet.. I just want to stay a little longer with all those people here!! This team here is great and I’m going to miss them a lot!!! It is nice to know some are already planning on coming to visit me in the Netherlands! 😀

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Love this team!! Gonna miss them a lot!!!!!!

After practice yesterday I went together with Hannah, Colleen, Michael, Brandon and Ethan to a drive in Cinema. This was one thing I wanted to do really bad here!! And now I did it!! It was pretty cool. We took the truck and we were just all laying in the trunk. It was great!!!  We saw the movie Jurrasic World. I already saw it with Hannah and Eleni a week before that. But it was still really fun!! It was so cool to be in a drive in cinema, really happy I could experience this with great people!!

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Drive in cinema

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All in the back of the truck

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Having fun at the drive in!

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Having fun at the drive in!

Today I have a lazy day. I was really tired and didn’t really have anything to do. This won’t happen later this week haha. I will do as much as I can before I leave. Tomorrow I will meet up with a friend from school. I still want to go bowfishing, if it is possible. I have to ask my coach here if they can take me this week. And I still want to go tie dyeing a shirt one more time with another kind of tie dye. Saturday some friends will probably come over at our house. And not sure what I will do Sunday yet. Monday I have to finish packing all my stuff (which I will do the whole week) and in the evening I will have to leave my hfamily.. It is so sad.. I really don’t want to leave them. But on the other side, it would be fun to see my family and friends in NL again. But they can wait longer I think, just want to stay a little longer here. But that is not possible…

I’m going to enjoy my last week here as much as possible now! This will be my last blog I’m writing myself from the US. The blogpost Eleni will write will be up soon and I will post a blog after being home again for a while. Thank you for reading!!

Byeee!!

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