Monday, September 20, 2010

Blacklands Farm

Hi everyone!

How are you all? School boring you to death already? :3
Sorry I haven't posted anything but my laptop was kinda...dead. With a virus.
Luckily the awesome IT people from school cured it! :D It's a miracle!!

So last wednesday we went to BlackLands Farm, for a team building day.
I wasn't really looking forward to it, because I was dead tired.
And when we came there the first activity our group had to do was....
... kayaking.

We went to this huge beautiful lake, and there was quite a lot of wind, plus the water looked really really deep and cold.
Needless to say: I was scared to death.

Still I didn't want to sit on the side together with some other girls :) So I tried not to think to much and just went with it lol
And when I was on the water it was AMAZING...... ly scary.
haha no it was great fun and I'm soo glad I tried it. I just loved going over that water, and there were beautiful hills surrounding it.
And I got wet, but didn't tip over! :) Kept going in circles in the beginning though, lol.

After that we were climbling walls .... I sucked at it.
End of story.

Then we had a bbq which was ok, but not great (Charlies kooking skills aren't that great lol)
And after that our last activity: Going in the tunnels. Which were small, muddy and completely dark. Plus because I was a bit to big (english people are small O.o the ones in my class anyway, I felt like a giant) I would have to do the soldier crawl across. .... and I'm a bit claustrophobic.
So no thank you.

So instead I did some sort of course on the next field, where you had to keep balance with ropes and stuff. It was pretty cool.

So that was my exciting BlackLands day :P
The day after I only had school till 12 so I did some homework and even washed my clothes! And nothing came out pink! (OMG)

This Saturday I had a date (Yes an actual date) and we went to the seafront and walked around the beach, towards the cliffs and then went into town :) It was fun.

And today I had a headache, stomachache, was tired and felt sick... so yeah good day (not)
And I took the wrong bus because I was lazy and didn't want to wait 10 minutes more in the cold.... and just for the heck of it all---I took an over an hour drive by the bus.
So I was more than half an hour later lol

So yeah that was pretty much everything that has happened since. :)
I hope I'll feel better tomorrow >.< Otherwise it is gonna be a looooong day.

Now I'm just gonna lie on the couch watching tv. Haha homework can wait till tomorrow.... Right?

Luv u all!



Friday, September 10, 2010


Hoi iedereen!
m'n eerste week van school zit er op!
lol just felt like talking Dutch a bit :)

So yeah I just had my first week of school--and it's finally weekend!
So far it has been great even though I have to get up at 7 every morning. (Yeah for me that's early.... but some of you are probably jealous :P)
And I have to spend about 30 minutes in the bus to and from school.

So Art is great. It's really challenging but great fun. And we learn to push ourselves and loosen up a little at the same time. Today for instance we painted by putting paper on the ground and taking a long stick with a brush attached to it. And then we had to paint like that, so that the lines would get messy.

Design is a bit like art but you're more free to do what you want. And you work more with other materials then just pencils etc. Right now we're working or creating our own mobile (the thing you hang on the ceiling and use mostly for kids, not the cell phone :P)

I've also got English literature which is great. Both of my teachers are really nice and enthusiastic about their work and books in general :)

I probably can't take drama because we leave to early or something... but I'll talk that over with Charlie (our mentor) some more.

Okay so school has been great, I don't have that many long days and I've made a couple of friends. One of them is in a band and I'll probably go see his band practice on Sunday.

Ooh and somehow I ended up in the student council?? I'm not sure how that happened haha. But I'll just see if it's fun and if I don't like it I'll quit. But who knows? It may be a great way to make friends.

So how are you all? Has everyone started school yet? Tell me how it went or email me!! :D I wanna know!

I really miss you guys & have fun at school!

Xx Noortje

PS. Tomorrow I'm going to join a gym! Got to stay a bit healthy here :)

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Hi everyone!
How is Holland? :DYesterday (Saturday) I went to London with a group of EF students that also stay in Eastbourne.It was really great! First we went with our ef-guide to some common sight seeing places such as the Big Ben and houses of parlements nr 10. Downing Street etc. :)
Then we went our seperate ways and I together with four other exchange students went to star bucks to eat (lol) and then went to Oxford Street, just because it is a famous shopping street.
After spending about half an hour at TopShop we went with the underground to King's Cross station (omg HP!!), after that we visited the tower of london.
Here are the photo's! :)
The Eye of London! This was the first thing we saw when we came from Victoria Station, and then first the underground xD.The Big Ben!! Even though some of it was under construction, it was still great to see it again :)

It's King's Cross station!! Looking very un-Harry Potter like. Mostly because it was being restored (is that how you say it? It was under construction) so we couldn't see most of it....
YES. It was really there! :D Platform 9 3/4 !!!
We went there like a bunch of excited 11 year olds taking pictures and asking people to take a picture of all of us together (Ingebjorg has that one, I'll post it later) It was really amazing :D And look I'm going through the wall with the trolley! ^^
Another one of me! :) Don't I just look like I'm going off to wizard school? It was really great cause we were all talking in HP style referring to the others as muggles and wondering around, trying to find this. Eventually we went up to one of the staff and wen't like: "Excuse me miss, do you know where we can find platform 9 3/4?" It was so much fun xD
Then we went to the tower of london and even bought a ticket to go inside! Here you could try on one of the helmets which was too big and a bit heavy. Btw sorry for the bad quality. They're better on my pc... except for this one, it was a bit blurry :(

This was the hidden gate where condemned prisoners sometimes were brought in with little boats...

Of course we simply had to visit the Bloody Tower!! (mwhahaha) And this is one of the torture devices you could see there ( De pijnbank! :D) it was pretty gastly, especially the text next to all the torture stuff, explaining how it worked in detail....
It was supposed to be haunted btw and there was this great screan where you saw a prisoner in his cell, acting real scared, praying to god and stuff like that. Cause people were haunting him. And we were the people! If you stood in front of it you saw yourself on the screen, transparent, haunting the poor man!

The tower of London!! :D
We also passed the white tower (where the two young sons of the king were found murdered) and went to see the crown jewels! :)

Lastly we made a photo with these nice people all in middle age cosplay :D
And the guy in the middle, that I'm standing next to was actual a real security guard xD they were all dressed up like that :P

After that we went back to victoria station (we used the underground like, a million times. luckily we had a day card). Speaking of the underground. The most stupidest thing we did that day:

We saw a sign that said "subway" on the other side of the street. We thought it was weird but we needed an underground so we crossed the street and went down. We then went through a tunnel.... and went up... ending exactly at the point where we started at the other side of the street.
It was literaly a sub ... way. A way to go under the ground so you didn't have to wait for the lights.... lol? xD

That was what I did yesterday :) And I was dead tired. Today we woke up at about... half past 10 and I did nothing but read until we went to the shops here around half past two. They are all open un sunday until 4!

So yeah, how are you guys? Tomorrow school starts O.o
Not looking forward to that xD

I'll talk to you later and keep you updated!!

Xx Noortje

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Hi everyone!

How have you all been?
I've done a lot the last couple of days, mostly I've just been exploring eastbourne a bit. We also went to Hailsham collage to chose our subjects.
The school is pretty old and pretty big, so that's going to be fun on monday, finding my classes.
I took Art, Drama (Yes!), Design and English Literature.
Mostly we've just been around the harbours and have gone to ASDA several times (and somehow always end up at the same cassier). But today we went to the town centre, and they really have a lot of shops there, including Waterstones, HMV and claire's! :)
We didn't really buy anything except for some candy. (they have a great candy shop over there.)
I thought I'd finally (try to) put up some photo's. I don't have that many but here they are! :3

This is at the airport with all the other Holland EF students. We had a really great flight and here we were wondering where to go next, and all calling home that the plane didn't crash :)
This was the airport. It was quite pretty ^^
Me and Eva waiting for the coach to arrive so we could all go to camp.
This is Ingebjorg. We were standing on a real live life-boat. We were giving the small tour and later that day we saw the same boat going out to see to... probably safe someone. It was going towards a small fishersboat.
One of the many harbours. Taken from the life-boat ^^

Morris dancing!! It was fun to watch but they really looked rediculous. I filmed it as well and I'll try and see if I can post that .... one day xD
When we went to Hailsham Collage we had about 20 minutes left until we had to catch the bus. So we went to Tesco's and bought this cake.... :) And then we ate it. Funny story, we were trying to buy plastic forks and knifes etc. and the lady at the kassa told us we couldn't buy it! Because you actually had to be 18 to be able to buy it. And I couldn't because I "was with them". So I had to go back and get it alone and go to another kassa to buy them. And he didn't even ask for an ID.... So weird.

.......... yeah............ we killed it xD
And it tasted really bad--for a cake. So we dumped the rest of it :p But it was fun!

And this is Tish! She was acting really mental but I couldn't take a picture of it, I was too late. She does look evil though xD

Well I'll talk to you guys later! :)