Thursday, July 23, 2009

Summer and thesis

Hello there, my dear Fulfordians!

As an answer to David's post, a short update on my situation. At the moment I am working on my master thesis. (It is about the amateur ideal in cycling and speed skating in the Netherlands between 1880 and 1914. I can imagine your reaction:"Bly me! That does sound interesting!") This will keep me busy the whole summer, since I am behind schedule a bit. I have only finished my papers for the winter semester this week...
Anyway, you will not be surprised to hear that besides working on my thesis I still cycle a lot. I have actually won a real race this year in May. So that is good news. Shortly afterwards I crashed, but my injuries were not really serious so I have had a good season so far. In August I have the national time trial championships and I hope to do well.

Me as winner of the District Championships time trial of Zuid-Holland 2009! ("He's pretty..." "Yeah, pretty ... ugly!")

I will be leaving for France this weekend. Sterre and I will both be working on our thesis, but in a more relaxing and vacation-like environment. We will go, for one week, to the rural Cevennes area and the last week we will go to Aix-en-Provence for the mediterranean feel!
So, I am doing pretty well and in september my life will be turned upside-down since then I have to start looking for a job, or better: finding a job... I will post when something is new!

Adios amigos!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

What's New?

Hey all, just checking in to say that I'm still alive and doing well. What are you guys up to this summer?

Tonight is tapas night at my apartment; Ines you would be proud. We've spent 12 hours making tasty dishes and now I'm just waiting for guest to arrive. I've learned more about Spanish food in one week than I've learned about any type of food in years.

I went to England in May and had a blast. Didn't get to see any Fulfordians, but on my next trip to the continent I'm sure I'll see some of you. My original plan was to go to Europe in August, but that doesn't look likely at this point. I'm hoping to save up some money and take a two-week vacation, but it might not be until next summer.

As for the job and apartment - I'm working for the same company but I'm at a new office in a different suburb of Chicago. I'm also living in a new apartment with two new roommates. I'm outside the city, but only by 1 mile. It's still pretty urban and I'm right next to the train stop.

Well do send in your status reports as well. What are you up to??

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July

Happy Dave, Lisa and I not being English! Woohoo.