I’ve been to the Proms for the first time in my life (see pic left) and it was absolutely awesome. It was French Baroque, and I never knew it, but that’s very good music! Check out what I heard and saw here. [edit: after I finished writing this, I read this piece in the Guardian, which is very similar to what I’ve been going through in terms of starting to appreciate classical music more. Scroll through to two-thirds of the way down and there’s mention of the Prom I went to too. Good to read I’m not the only one who enjoyed my ears out! That’s not an expression I think. But it should be.]
I ran a 10k and live to tell the tale (no, don’t ask me for my time, suffice it to say that three guys disguised as taps finished shortly before me. And man did my legs hurt on Monday and Tuesday, that will teach me to stop training 3 weeks before the race). I want to run another one. And train better for it.
I went to the New Designers’ show and was bowled over by the quality and most of all by the passion of the young lads and ladies.
I said goodbye to yet another friend who is moving countries. I don’t like it when friends move countries I’ve decided. And that sucks, because over the next few weeks a few more of my friends will be moving (most notably Al and his mrs).
I met some of the Starting Bloc folks who were on LBS campus these past few days. Wow. They’re so passionate and friendly and fun to talk to!
I worked a whole workweek. It’s a bit weird being back at work again. I love my job, but am still a teeny bit freaked out by sitting in the same place for 5 days a week. Getting used to it though.
I went and had passport photos taken after which I trekked to the Dutch embassy to apply for a new passport, only to be told that my head was 1 milimeter too big. Sigh. That’s the second time in a couple of months someone thinks my head’s too big! (I was trying to find the original post where my mum measured my head for graduation, but can’t find it now).
I spent today cheering on a friend for her 5K (go Kim!) and then went on a photosafari with a friend which reminded me how much I miss roaming out and about with my camera.
I realised that I miss living in the Netherlands. Lord knows why this realisation dawned on me this week. Perhaps it was the trip to the Dutch embassy. Or the upcoming quick trip to NL to celebrate my parent’s wedding anniversary. Anyway. I miss it. I miss cycling to the Albert Heijn for groceries, shopping at the HEMA and Bijenkorf, and being able to drive to my parents to see them or my popping up to see my friends. I miss it. A lot.
I realised also (and this is totally contrary to the previous one) that I absolutely love living in London. From Sunday papers to afternoon tea, to the wonderful museums and architecture, to riding at the top on a bus through central London, I do seriously love this city.
I forgot to mention in the past weeks that I’ve also been to the How We Are exhibit at the Tate Britain which was very good (although the audioguide was weak, the photos were stunning), and I saw some of the Grand Tour paintings (both of these were on my cultural to do list).
I just realised that all of these start with an I. Ouch. Sorry.
Life as an alumn is so far so good, really. It still hasn’t dawned on me that my weekends are mine to do with what I please again without feeling like I should be finishing up a project. And that I no longer have a locker at LBS to stuff my gym shoes in. But other than that, no big changes just yet.
Thanks for all the comments on the blog, I finally managed to have a look and respond to them. That’s what you get with mobile blogging: I don’t even need my laptop to blog so get lazy about responding.