Watching the Olympics here is lame. No wonder no one in this town is as pumped up for them as we are. The only thing I had seen on TV before yesterday was speed skating. It just got worse when the Netherlands won its first metal because they continued to play that clip over and over again. We finally saw a hockey game, but it was between Germany and Sweden. It was better than watching people skate around in a circle. We have been following the metal count online, but it’s just not the same! We’re going to try and find a Canadian bar in Amsterdam next weekend.
We got a hair straightener! Yaay life is good again! I even used it to curl my hair for our masquerade ball. We also bought a blow dryer when we first got here. We looked for a couple days and decided we would get the cheapest blow dryer we could get, because really how bad could it be? That might have been a little bit of a mistake. Our blow dryer doesn’t work if you hold it over like four feet high. So when I stand up or even when I’m sitting in a normal chair, it stops working. Safety feature? Is it safer to blow dry your hair sitting on the floor? To prevent falling? Anyways, hindsight.
I need my bangs trimmed. We have a hair dressing studio in our school and I think I might end up going there. I’m a little nervous letting a student I don’t know cut any part of my hair, but it can’t be any worse than any time I’ve ever cut my bangs. Hopefully I won’t need to break out my headbands and expose my fivehead.
Doing laundry in our sink is turning out to be a very efficient process. We don’t do ‘Wine and Laundry Wednesdays’ anymore because we had to fight over the drying rack. Instead it’s more like ‘You Do Laundry, I’ll Watch MTV and We’ll Always Drink Wine’ day.
De Dop had a Karneval party on Wednesday. Liseanne and I went as Team Canada (That’s right, representin’). They turned the bar into a catwalk and had a best costumes contest and fashion show. It was pretty fun, but like the last Karneval party we went to, it was all Dutch music. Dancing to Dutch music gets old after awhile, and by old I mean boring. On the upside, drinks were only a euro each. It wasn’t until way later in the night they started playing dance music. I had more than one person come up to me and ask me where I was from; it was a hard question to answer, considering what we were wearing.
Ball De Masque was on Thursday night. There was tons of amazing dresses there, and they had events going on all night. We already had our masks from London, so we were well prepared. A live cover band played for a couple hours. They did a few really awesome songs but the rest I didn’t recognize even though they were in English. The other three Canadian girls came out, but must have drank quite a bit before they arrived, because we practically had to carry them into a cab a few hours later. We left with a big group and headed to De Dop (again). We danced with some new internationals we met earlier in the night until the lights came on. Some Irish guy wouldn’t leave us alone, so Can (Turkish spelling for ‘John’) scared him away by yelling ‘The Canadians are with me’, and then didn’t stop repeating it all night. It was entertaining to say the least. We were pretty set on going home when De Dop closed, but we got dragged out to The Vik, another cafe that doesn’t close until 6. We snuck out as soon as we could and got home around 4:30.
Staying out this late all the time is wearing me out. Rarely in Calgary would we have stayed out past two. Last night we decided since Courtney, Liseannes friend, was coming in the next morning that we should have an early-ish night.
We went to an apartment party until 2:30, and when they all decided to head to the center we decided to go home. We got booed by the entire party! Its like they never sleep! We held strong and went home.
We finally decided what we’re doing on our breaks and booked tickets to Greece for our first one and Spain for our second! I’m so excited! We don’t have classes this week, so we’re heading to Amsterdam for a couple days to do some sightseeing.
Love for now!