|Letter Writing - Copyright CLSS 2017|
Everyone in my generation seems constantly to talk about the 90's and what a great time it was. To an extent, I have to agree. Whilst I wasn't a teenager in the 90's it seems like a great time to have been one due to the absence of the technology we have today. Whilst technology is great, it often means we take things such as books and librarys for granted when (in actuality) we should be grateful for how lucky we are to have them. The public library is a most precious thing. More so than we can truly understand, because most of us have always had a library in our life nearby.
So, one of the first things I would like to do this summer is to read more. I'm going to say now that I would like to aim for a book day. Because that sounds like it would make one heck of a fun summer! I'd definitely learn something, that's for sure. Whilst it might not necessarily end up being achievable (particularly with Halle tour and Erasmus to plan for) it is a worthwhile goal to have in the build up.
There are so many books that I want to read! There doesn't seem enough time in the day to get through them all either, which is more than a little frustrating. Part of me wishes summer had a pause button, and that I could sit in the middle of it reading, fast forward and travel, rewin back to the pausing and reading, before fast forwarding all the way to Amsterdam. At a tutorial a few days ago one of my lecturers said to me that it is rather hilarious how minutes in an hour never seem to add up because so many of them go missing. And it's true. Minutes fly like... flies - before you realise it, they are gone. Just as with this past academic year. There is something bittersweet about time. About how we never hold it. Yet we measure everything by it. As T. S. Eliot said, we measure our lives in Coffee Spoons. And keeping with that theme of summer and of adventure, here is another Eliot quote which I have a feeling is going to come much into play with my summer:
|T. S. Eliot - The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock|
But yes, my plans for this summer are to read and to read as much as possible. Visiting my friends will be fun also - seeing new places and the things that go on there (such as a balloon festival or going to the beach) .I've been thinking a lot about my modules to study in Amsterdam too. At the moment it is a lot of paperwork as I have mentioned before. All things I can't go into too much detail about at the moment because nothing is for certain and the module lists haven't been updated yet. But there is a particular module which I really want to study and am looking forward to a lot, which is called Dutch Literature and the Period of the Golden Age.
In our modern day and age, translated fiction isn't always given the attention it perhaps should be. So it is a goal of mine to try and make a change when it comes to that. Translation is no easy process, but neither is research. Sometimes one cannot be achieved without the other, so my aim is to research Dutch literature and art to the best of my ability in the hopes of sharing it with more people thorughout Europe. It's one of my main hopes that going to Amsterdam will allow me an insight into this different culture and creativity, that I might share it further with others so that the richness of it can be fully appreciated just as libraries and books should be.
Let me know your summer plans and what you are looking forward to over the last weeks of the semester in the comments below!
That's all for today folks! Thank-you again, so so so much for voting for me as blogger of the year 2016/17 - it is an achievement I am really proud of and it makes me smile to just thinking of it!