Saturday, September 22, 2012

First "Real" Day

I'm going to consider today my first real day of vacation. The sun was out, it was warm, and I sat at the pool all day.  Mmmm. I think tomorrow I will go to the beach instead and try that out for the day.  So far only real complain is that there is no variety in food at all.  The is McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, and these places called "fast food" that all have the same thing... Seriously, I walked for miles today, and that was it!  Also for restaurants too, they all look about the same, haven't tried any yet though.  This is one of the reasons why i never like to go to touristy places, but thats okay, I knew it was going to be this way before I came.

Still a bit chilly at night, but that's okay as long as the days are warm.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Arrived in Bulgaria

Yesterday I flew to Bourgas Bulgaria to for vacation. When I got to the airport the only passport lines that were open were the EU only lines. I showed the guy my American passport and asked where I should go. He pointed to the one line, walked over said something to the girl, and she switched the line do all passports. Everyone else went through really quick with no stamp. When she got to me at the end she checked the passport like five times, then got out the stamp, checked it again, then finally stamped it.

After getting my bag, I walked out and saw the sign for Sunweb (the people who I booked the trip with). As I was walking up the girl was like "Nicholas?" I said yes and she let me know that I was the only person they were picking up. I was also the last tourist from Sunweb for the year in Bulgaria! So instead of a bus we were in a car with me, a driver, and two people from the company! The one already knew stuff about me because I friended Sunweb on Facebook. VIP treatment haha.
After they found out I was American, he was really interested to hear about American high school! Ha, I didn't really know what to say since I can't really compare it to "middelbare school" in NL.

We arrived at the hotel the guy there asks for my passport and I give it to him. He was like "you are American!?" I say yes and I guess it ended up not being a problem. Hotel seems fine so far except the WiFi really sucks. Today is cloudy and quite cold. Figures for my first day :( but it looks like after today it should be nice for the whole week.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Cardio (for real this time)

Okay, ever since moving to Europe, I have been very lax on cardio just as I started to actually do it the last couple years of living in Pittsburgh.  No more!  I've made a vow to start doing cardio more than lifting weights.  I know, I know, I can't believe it either... But I think it's pretty important and today and yesterday that is what I did at the gym.  I'm not exactly sure what my plan is yet as to how I'm going to alternate it in in the long run, but it's definitely going to be a big part of my gym trips.  This is a big change because I always hated cardio.  So far though, I am actually getting along pretty well (I know, easily said for the second day...) So if anyone has done the same, any tips?

Wish me luck.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Back to Public Transport!!

sadly only for this week though :-(

This week I am taking training at Global Knowledge in Zoetermeer.  It is not far from Den Haag.  One really cool thing about his location is that it is directly on the tram line (see picture above!!)  First I can take a train to Den Haag laan van NOI and transfer to the tram.  So much better then!  O how I've missed my public transport to/from work.  I may have bashed Port Authority every now and then in Pittsburgh, but man, I did not know how good I had it.

Today did not even go smoothly and I still prefer it over driving.  I got on the train in Haarlem and right before we got to Leiden, they made an announcement saying that there was a problem on the train by Den Haag Hollands Spoor and that the train was not going to go any further...shit!

I quickly checked and found that I was able to take a bus from the station at Leiden and get to Zoetermeer still in time for my class.  I hopped on the bus and, sure enough, there I was, no problem!  Well, almost, after I got there it was a bit tricky to find the entrance to the building itself, but non the less, still got to class right on time.

Let's see how it goes the rest of the week.  I know one thing is for sure, starting in October when I will be back in the office, I am sure I will really be missing the train/tram.