Classes were scheduled slightly differently the past few days, with everything collecting earlier than usual which has meant a fortunate amount of time to catch up with what has been the biggest amount of reading and research yet (not that I'm complaining, it's actually quite fascinating). In our grammar lectures, we were focusing in on analysing the different elements of a sentence which was complicated to begin with but I'm starting to get there with the formulas now and that is the key to unlocking everything. Though, of course, there will always be those one or two multiple choices designed to catch you off guard which I find ever frustrating! It made me smile to come home from those lessons to find a letter waiting in my post box from my mum. She always knows how to make a day even better, namely by sending me a dinosaur key chain which we have nicknamed 'Freddo'.
|Bicycles, letters and more wandering - Image copyright CLSS 2017|
Dutch themes was definitely the most complicated module to keep up with this week, though this is largely due to the fact that we went over a whole few weeks worth of information before we have guest lecturers zooming in on more specific parts over the next month. We went from the beginning of Spanish rule all the way forward to 1672, thus covering just over 100 years. I'm currently putting together a revision wall, so making a summary of the readings and the lecture was my most successful method of processing all of this information. It certainly wasn't so scary to look over again after I had colour coded everything and put it in the correct order. Reaching the decline of the Golden Age has already come around so fast that I can't help but wonder if it felt that abrupt in history, though I know that that isn't quite how history works; There are no clear cut edges to things as the well organised mind might prefer.
|Trying to come up with everything I need to remember to do - Image copyright CLSS 2017|
Other events that happened this week have been relatively minimum (as I said, there's been a lot of work to do). Firstly I've been arranging a lot of new music for piano, focusing largely on film scores but also on a few pop songs which has made for a fun pause between readings. In addition to this, I've also been working on my poetry anthology which is gradually getting closer to where I want it to be and I'm greatly enjoying editing it; Seeing all those pieces falling into place is beyond satisfying.
I've also been going on a bit of a scavenger hunt for an assignment the Dutch blog team has set me and my fellow writers/vloggers. Basically we had to go to several places such as Museumplein and the Centraal city to describe what we saw and how it made us feel, as well as doing a few fun challenges. I think my personal favourite would definitely have to be ordering some food in Dutch. I of course went for Stroopwafel and hot chocolate because the two together are unbeatable. The next Dutch food I want to try is actually a popular sweet here. It's a form of liqorice that is, in English, named 'school chalk' because it looks like the stuff teachers write on blackboards with. But I think I might save that for my next challenge!
Like I say, things are busy as usual and there is plenty to look forward to as always. The key is to keep working hard and to not get complacent. With balance, patience and perseverance comes everything. For now, I hope you enjoy a snippet of my musical projects. Doei!