Sunday, April 22, 2012

Getting Fat? The Story of my New Bike

Ever since I turned 28, or maybe even a little bit before, I felt like I was getting fat!  Strange because only a month ago or so, I thought the totally opposite.  Anyway, it did not help that last night while I was riding home on my bike, I went over a speed bump and CRUNCH my seat broke right off into about 3 pieces.  Upon looking at it when I got home, the bolt just snapped right in half!  Maybe I was right about getting fat...  Time to really start watching again.  My mom sent me way too much Easter candy, I have absolutely no control when that stuff is in the house...this is why I never buy it myself.

But, at least this was a good excuse to finally get a Dutch bike.  My old bike while still a decent bike has some issues and it is certainly not as convenient and comfortable as a Dutch bike.  So today I went to Amsterdam to buy a bike that I saw there last month at Decathlon.  Well I got there and they did not have it!  I was so pissed.  It was the only decent bike I saw that was for a decent price...then I remembered that I also saw one online at V&D but they did not have it in Haarlem.  So before I got too upset I went over to the Amsterdam V&D.  It did not look like they even had bikes at all then, one the last floor, way in the back, there it was, my new bike!  I bought it and brought it home and an quite happy already.

So one down one to go, got my bike, now I just have to get not fat again...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Scotland! Edinburgh and a small trip to Stirling

I'm back from my long weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland and I must say that I was impressed with the oldness of the city.  It was very cool to walk around and intresesting to be on vacation and be able to understand everyone around you and all of the signs, packaging since everything is English.

It all started on on Friday morning where we went to the airport and borded an easyjet place headed to Edinburgh.  Easyjet was pretty much what I expected, not all that great but it was not bad so I can't complain.  Landing was another story!  I had a cold and while we were landing there was no way for the pressure to leave my head and it felt like my eyes were about to burst out of my head!  It hurt so bad that tears started to come out of my eyes.  Ariving in Edinburgh, they had really nice airport busses that took us almost directly to our hostle.  The hostle was not so bad, we paid for four beds even though we had three people but that way we ended up with our own room with toilet and shower for really cheap staying right in the middle of the city.

After eating lunch and checking in, we walked around for a bit and started to make a list of things we wanted to do.  We had Mexican for dinner that night and as I experienced before in the UK, it was not all that bad.  We went to a few bars, but but that point the pressure in my head hurt too much so I had to go back and sleep.

The next day I felt much much better!  Luckily for me since we had a lot to do.  Started out visiting the Edinburgh Castle which was nice but the views were really the best part.  Next we had some decent fish and chips and headed off to the Scottish wiskey tour.  We learned all about the wiskey and then got to taste some.  We walked around to a couple stores (they did have some good shopping there.)  Finally we went to dinner at a nice Italian place.  That night basically just going out to many different bars.  They strip club we went to was probably the dumbest strip club I ever went to...

The next day we took the train to Stirling.  It was a nice little city and the train that we took there ran on gas and not electric which was quite strange for Europe I thought.  We walked around and saw some of the sights and then had lunch at a place that seemed like it was going to be really good but ended up being out of pretty much everything and was not all that great.  After ariving back in Edinburgh Erik and Kris wanted to nap.  I of course did not, there was way too much to see!  I ended up getting lost in the city with my camera and have some great pictures to show for it.  Getting lost in a city by yourself with no set direction and no time limit is, for me, the best way to see a city.  That night I tried a Scotish "turkish pizza" and really liked it and we went out to more bars.

The last day we saw the National Museum of Scotland.  The museum itself was pretty nice but the building it was in I liked even better.  We walked around the city a bit more and saw a few more sites and that was about it.

I arrived back at home at about 10 PM and was dead tired!

I forgot to add the link for picture!  Click here.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Brace Face!

I went to the dentist yesterday and all went okay until she said maybe I should go to the orthodontist for a consolation!  What?  braces??  I don't know if I could do that!  I had them as a kid and that was bad enough, but I really can not imagine having them as an adult.

Now it is only a consolation so nothing is for sure but it was still on my mind all day yesterday.  I do not go until May so I have a little while to find out anything more.  I would like to have my teeth a bit straighter, but I don't think I would want to do it via braces.

I kinda feel like my parents should get back the money they had to pay when I had braces when I was a kid.  What was the use?

What are you thoughts?
  • Do you think my teeth are crooked enough that I need braces?
  • Will I look like a total looser with them?
Honest opinions please...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

2 Years!

Yep today make it 2 years that I've been living in The Netherlands!  Believe it or not.  I really have two feelings about this:
  1. Wow!  Two years already, I can't believe I've lived in Europe for two years!  Wow, time really goes fast.
  2. Really?  Only two years?  I feel like I've been here much longer!
 I thought it would be fun today to take a look back into the notebook that I used to keep where I would write down all of the words that I did not know (that is what's pictured above).  Funny to read through some of these things now.

So now of course the question is: When are you coming home?  And I think everyone should know by this point that then answer is: I don't know!!  I do not like to plan these kind of things.  Why do I need to have it planned is my question.  There is no use in me saying, "Okay, I'm going to go home on [put in random date here]" that just does not make sense to me.  Why would I plan for something like that when I have no idea what I will be doing at that point in my life.  All I know if that I like living here for now and I am going to stay until I either don't like it anymore, or have a desire to live somewhere else (Pittsburgh or otherwise).  My point is, I am happy where I am at right now, so why make plans to change?  I know there are a lot of people that do not understand how you could possibly not plan things like this, but then again, I am not a lot of other people.  I like living my life spontaneously, and that is how I am going to live it! :)

I wonder where I will be in 2 more year...  Time will only tell.