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Reisverslag Rainchester and Halloween
5 november 2016
Rainchester and Halloween
On 31 October it was Halloween, which is a big thing here. We decorated the school with a lot of Halloween stuff. Spiders, skulls, pumpkins and even bloody knives. Not sure if that would be okay in the Netherlands. The Halloween parties already started the week before. On Thursday the 27th, there was a Halloween-themed Erasmus party. When me and Clara went to a store to buy a costume, the store was packed and we actually had to wait in a queue (ha I've always wanted to use that word, it's so weird). One thing that I noticed is that they had a lot of things that are forbidden (like fake cigarettes) or frowned upon in the Netherlands, for example a Hitler or 'arabic guy' costume. They even had killer clown costumes, which can't be a good idea right now? Since I didn't feel like spending 30 pounds on a costume that I would probably only wear once, I just went for the (soooo original) cat kit - ears, a bow and a tail. And since it was Halloween after all - on top of that some fake contact lenses. It took a long time and watering red eyes but eventually I managed to get them in. The party was so much fun!
The next day, there was an activity at school - pumpkin carving. Honestly, I don't understand this tradition. Why do people think this is fun to do?First of all, pumpkins smell REALLY bad (okay, maybe my hangover was partially to blame, but still). Then you have to get your hands in there and take out all the pulp and seeds - ew. Nope sorry, this is really not my thing. But okay, I have to admit that the end results were very nice.
Last Wednesday, it was one of the students' birthday. We went to eat at a restaurant and afterwards - no surprise I guess - we went to Vita and then to a club. I know it's probably a bad idea for me to party when I have to work the next day, but honestly - for some reason I was having a bad day and I needed it. :) Usually on Fridays everyone that went out is suffering at school in the morning, but on Thursday most of the students had their classes in the afternoon while I was at work at 8.30. I'm actually getting used to constantly feeling tired so it's getting easier ;)
Yesterday, the Christmas lights on Albert Square were switched on, which is an annual event that includes live performances and fireworks. If you want to know what that looked like: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/x-factor-star-louisa-johnson-12131006
Unfortunately, it was raining - again. It's getting painfully clear why people here refer to Manchester as Rainchester. It's also getting dark earlier and earlier - when I finish work at 5 it's already pitch-dark outside. Winter is coming..
It is pretty quiet at work at the moment. Last Friday, we had only one student leaving (one of EC's beloved student ambassadors) and this Monday there will only be one new student arriving. Well, at least now I have some time to do write a report for my university. And to write blogs.
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5 november 2016 19:27 | Door: Nicolette de Ruiter
Nice story! You seem to be enjoying yourself! We are looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks' time! X
6 november 2016 01:19 | Door: VERA
Yeah enjoying this experience so much! Looking forward to see you too! X
13 november 2016 19:53 | Door: Henny
Wat een nieuwe ervaringen toch op veel gebieden! Groeten,