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15 april 2014
First week in Bellingham
Oh my God, time flies by so fast! Wanted to post earlier but due to the fact I’ve been quite busy and exhausted I haven’t been able to do so….My sincere apologies.
The first week at Whatcom was quite fun! We got our Whatcom Community College student passes, got a tour around campus and visited the campus library. We also heard that the school actually loves Dutch students in general over there, so we have a reputation to maintain.. That will be a hard thing I guess… :P
On Monday, we had our first lecture. The first one was from Guy Smith, it was a Baseball primer which basically meant an explanation and presentation of the baseball game. That was a good thing because on Saturday we actually went to a real baseball game :)
After class we had a fun welcome reception with all the host families(well, not everybody showed up though). It was nice to meet the others and there were brownies, Hmmm!
On Tuesday we had class as well and did a walking-tour through Bellingham. It was rainy so it wasn’t that much fun. After that we went to visit Pioneer park. All the buildings/houses that they have were either built or transferred here. The lady who toured us around was dressed up in style, so funny.
Wednesday was sort of Dutch-Day (oeh.. a new made up word) we had an excursion to Lynden, a place that shows sort of how the American people think the Netherlands are like, uhum… It was quite fun though, like a small version of Volendam, really small version. After the excursion we had classes to follow: Interesting aspects of the geology of the Pacific Northwest and The Interdisciplinary approach to Learning. Well let me tell you about that last one. We learned about the great impact our intelligence has on the world. It was just the way he spoke what made Marielle and me burst out in laughing, so hard we couldn’t stop anymore, To which he said: “you see those ladies, they get the message, they felt uncomfortable and started laughing. You two are so honest that you are dangerous.”, Haha soooo weird!
* (copied that last line from Marielle to avoid misconceptions :P)
On Thursday we visited the Skagit County Public Defenders Office. We learned about the American justice system and attended a courtroom hearing, not any big ones mainly drugs or alcohol related. Prisoners went in and out so fast. After the hearings we got to see the inside of the prison. I thought it was quite interesting to see. The prison was built to hold 83 prisoners nowadays it counts about 180, so you can imagine what that is like.
Friday we started off with presentations from the international student panel. Only two of the students showed up and told us a bit about the road the followed to learn English.
Right around noon we left Bellingham and went off to Seattle to attend the Mariners game but first we did some shopping at the Outlet Mall. The Baseball game was so much fun and an overall experience one I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on.
The weekend was quite busy as well. Keeping up with homework, meeting Gabi and Marielle, who was late because apparently public transport isn’t made for her, at the mall and I went contra dancing with Marielle and her host-mommy Sally. I had a blast! I can hear you think, what’s contra dancing? Look it up on youtube guys. Though if you watch it it looks kinda lame and when I say kinda I mean sooooooo lame! I actually hoped they would forget to pick me up, but afterwards I was so happy they didn’t. I can’t really explain it but we had so much fun everybody was so happy and laughing all the time, had a awesome night.
Sunday I went to Seattle with my host family and Marielle, this time for the sightseeing. We went up in the Space needle and due to the beautiful weather we could see for miles and miles. After that we strolled around the city for a bit and got a delicious Frappuccino and sat by the fountain. Closed off the weekend with a delicious meal at Marielle’s host family’s place.
And it’s a wrap people, done for today. I hope I’ll keep it up this week so that my stories won’t get so long as this one .
Blog you soon!
16 april 2014 13:52 | Door: Dianne
Hey Inger, eerst gefeliciteerd en een fijne dag vandaag! Mooie verhalen schrijf je! Echt leuk om te lezen, mooi dat je zo aan het genieten bent. New York is een stad waar ik nog steeds een keer naar terug wil, prachtig. Geniet nog maar even, voordat je het weet ben je weer terug..... met een tas vol mooie ervaringen. X