Monday, October 30, 2006

Happy Halloween

Boooooo! I'm the ghost of Halloween! Or a Dutch cow (scary hu). It's Halloween (well almost), all you Europeans should use this holiday as an excuse to eat candy!

Saturday, October 21, 2006


My friends !!
I have a solution!
I stay in Bologna! I discovered that I can add to the degree in Bologna examinations that were in torino! gooood!!
I'm loosing english!! I wanted to say that i'm willing to see you and i said that I don't want to see you! I'm horrible! I have to practice more! I hav eto continue studying english!
Sasha: I'm crossing the fingers for you! I woul like you to be in Europe I miss you!!
A big kiss to everybody!

Thursday, October 19, 2006

For Dave and another update

First picture: the Danish Wally. Second picture: stroop waffle yumminess.
Look at what they sell at the market where I'm working (no not the danish where's wally, the stroop waffles!). Wahahaha. They also have the organic kind of stroop waffles they had at alligator. California beats Ohio's ass. I can find all kinds of European food here (no Istanbul cheese fries though... those are more ohioian in their heart clogging nature.)

Anyway to everyone else sorry I haven't e-mailed/updated/commented lately. I've been realllly busy. I have some bad news; I may not be able to afford coming to Europe next summer. I'm saving up money to go work in a third world country, as you guys know, but I have no idea where I'll end up. If it's in India or the Balkans things should be ok for the reunion. However if I end up in South Africa I may not be able to make it up to see you guys. I'm worried because the reunion means a lot to me but so does my work. We'll see what happens in the next few months.

For Chiara

Where's Waldo?

I found Waldo

Monday, October 16, 2006

Where do we go?!

Hello friends!!
how is going around the world?
here I'm sick and confused!! :-( I hate cold! Yes, winter is arriving in Bologna too!
My remedy to flu is "spaghetthi, aj, uj e peparol cucent'!"(spaghetti with oil, garlic and hot peppers). Peppers give you a new life!!! :-D try to believe ;-)
I still have to decide if to remain in Bologna or move to Torino..i have 8 days left to decide..aaaaah!!! Suggestions are welcomed!!!

Saturday, October 14, 2006


It has been three-and-a-half months now and I still miss you all. I can get pretty sad from time to time thinking about Fulford College. But I can get pretty happy thinking about it as well. I am feeling nostalgic all the way.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Pinky and the brain!!

Good morning!!
hello! I watched at animaniacs this morning!
Sooooo funny!It was like going back to that fantastic night in sasha's room!:-D
I miss you all!
A big big big big big big big kiss!!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Ok, I'll update

Well I'll do as Sasha told us, I will update. I started studying again in the first week of september. I was planning to finish my bachelor Human Geography & Planning this year, and then write one thesis for my history and geography bachelor's both. But last week I found out that I wasn't allowed to take the amount of courses I wanted to follow, so I had to postpone my geography bachelor. Too bad. But if I can get into a research master I might just finish geography along that master. But if I am not good enough to do the research master I would like to do a sport history master abroad. And then I have to either first finish geography and work for half a year and then go abroad, or quit geography and go abroad right away. Anyway, I was quite pissed off by the fact that I can't fullfill my own study planning, just because uni is being conservative.
But it is not just bad news. Don't be afraid! I got installed in the board of the Utrecht Students of History Association last week. Which means that I am now the president of a nice association with 1200 members and that I have to go to parties of other student associations wearing my fancy suit and congratulate new boards by holding speeches. If I am not careful I might even feel important.
It might have struck you by now that I did not mention my cycling yet, but that is because it is october, the month of (as we say within my cycling team) the time for booze and women. Which for me involves not much alcohol and just one woman, but hey, still I have one month off my beloved Santos. Ok, not totally, I still work as a bike messenger and cycle now and then when the weather is reasonably good. Last week, by the way, me and my team had the national championships team time trial. Team time trial is a race where teams of six start one minute behind each other, and the team with the best time wins. We became 13th which was the best result in, say, 20 years or more. Of the 89 teams we were 13th, incredible! The small Swift team, but as our name points out, we might be small, but we are swift. Ha!
And now I am going to indulge in one of my other hobbies: sleeping. Ahhhh, I am going to lie in my bed and dream of York and you lot.
(by the way, I watched a great episode of House tonight and Mock the week on BBC2)

Monday, October 02, 2006

The Boss is back!

Hello my dears!!
here I'm again in the lab exploting the university connection!!! ;-)
yesterday I "met" an american guy, his name his bruce Springsteen!! Yes yes yes, he was in Bologna for a great concert! I danced for 2 hours and half without stopping! it was amazing!! And the last cd is absolutely beautiful! he has a great energy! I didn't think it could be so funny!
About my work..I'm looking for people in need of help in some topic for private lessons to earn some money..and i'm studying and working in the lab.
of course I started again my student life in Bologna..I can't wait for the week end to begin!! :-D
I don't look forward that saturday arrives cause there is a free concert in Piazza maggiore with Patty Smith!wooooo!!

A brief update

I went to see a Berkeley career councilor about my job search. She told me I need some volunteer work to put on my CV if i want to work in international human rights. With the generosity of my friends family (whose house I am currently staying at), I am planning to get a volunteer job at an human rights NGO along with a part time paid job.

Within the next 6 months I'll probably be working outside the states, or in NY or DC at the very least, but right now i need to put in the time and energy to research. The councilor gave me a list of fellowship opportunities, international career info, and a bunch of web links for human rights.

From what I've seen it seems you break into the field by either getting a job in a posh NGO doing office work or the more exciting (and crazy) option of working for an NGO in a third world country getting paid almost nothing and doing field work (there is work available in Bangladesh right now but I would rather hold out and see if i could get something in the Balkans, then i could visit chiara right across the water).

To sum up: for around the next 4 months, if nothing amazing comes up, I'll be staying in San Francisco. (and will hopeful get a cell phone soon!)

Now its your turn to update and tell me how school (or in daves case work) is going ;-)

Sunday, October 01, 2006


Hey, somebody looked at our weblog from Malaysia. Would it have been Yiang (still don't exactly know how to spell his name, it's a shame!)? And who is reading our fcl (fulford college lounge) in Chili, Australia, Hong Kong and Ulster? Such miracles...