zondag 11 december 2016

Driving (flying) hommmeee for christmas

Hi, I can't believe it in one day I'm already going home!!! I'm so excited to be home. Can't wait to see my parents and my doggy❤️ I will be flying with KLM and just a direct flight 10 hours straight, so that isn't that bad. For me 10 hours isn't that long anymore. The worst 24 hour flight I've had multiple times was a 5 hour drive to Germany, Düsseldorf and 6 hour plane flight to Dubai and 9 hour flight to Durban, South Africa. These four months went by fast. Sometimes also slowly. The fastest month was november because having thanksgiving break, and San Francisco. I now have my one month christmas break! I know super long holiday right? But I'm happy going home and spending christmas with my family. I wouldn't like to be alone on christmas. I don't think anybody wants that. I can't wait for coming out of the airport gate, and seeing my dog running up to me and jump in my arms. She's be doing that for so many years. Also I cannot wait to wear my winterjacket again! Because its my absolutely favorite afghan coat<3 and ofcourse eating oliebollen !!! Thats a Dutch New Years thing (round doughnuts with raisins and powdersugar. The. Fuckin. Best!) I will maybe go to Bruxelles this holiday. Eating Moroccan food, yum. So how was my time spending four months here as a student in the USA? I really like my major I'm studying (film production). My favorite subject was acting theatre. I'd never knew I would like theatre. But its something I really like! I like being infront of the camera more but being on stage isn't a bad thing either... I got amazing acting jobs here. Especially the opera was a special part. Lots of hard work combining it with college, but amazing experience. Also one of my favorite subjects was editing. The first few weeks I almost dropped that subject, and wanted to cry in class because I didn't understand anything! I didn't even know where the ON button was on the macbook... But I kept going. And you know what. Now I love editing. My professor told me I improved so much. And next semester I'm taking editing 2. And hope I could get a job in it. So next semester my new subjects would be: editing 2 ofcourse, narrative in film, film production, and Santa Barbara Film Festival!!! Yesss I will be working this February on the film festival in February. One of the biggest film festivals in California. And guess what??? RYAN GOSLING IS COMING AQWEYDHHDFCJ. I KNOWWWWW. It will be in the arlington theatre next to my house!! I will be going everyday. Watching two movies a day. And then I will be writing film reviews of the movies. I will post some on my blog. I'm really excited. This week I also had three christmas party's. First I went making gingerbread houses with some people. Then I went to an American christmas party, people wearing ugly christmas sweaters, exhancing gifts was really fun! And yesterday night I had a christmas party with my housemates, also exchanging gifts and eating lots of good food. So the four months I've been here were nice. I mean some people are like jesus how can you live on the other side of the world knowing no one? Buying your own food, washing your clothes? Well I may came here alone. But lots of people from my age do it. And its not a big deal. I've dealt for the first time in my life doing everything alone. I thought it was very scary but its not! Now I can take the bus to a different strange city without having my anxiety. Few days ago I went to Ventura, thought I was gonna die haha. And the making your own food, washing your clothes is no big deal? You do it the first day, its really easy. I know now I can travel the world alone! I can live alone in my own apartment. (one day hopefully) The best food I made during my student life? Uhhh shrimps and garlic bread. Worst food I made? Spaghetti Bolognese, ew doesn't even taste the same like my mothers. And like once a month I go out for dinner with my friends. Did I went to lots of parties? I just went to 2 in Isla Vista (the uni party neighbourhood) one I crashed, second invited. And one halloween party. And one boring Swedish party. So not that many wish I could go to clubs. Did I met cute American guys? HELLL NOOOO. Four months nothing nobody???? Jesus even in my retirement I met more people. I don't know, guess I should be a nun or something. Nothing happening in my student life, what I did not expected. I'm glad I chose to study in the USA. I would never have the opportunity to study Film in Holland. But now I'm studying film in Hollywood? Couldn't chose a better place. And hoping soon I could work there. Btw I do not know my grades, I've just had my finals. I have know idea. OKAY. Wish me luck with my flight. Hope I won't get lost in LAX airport, like last time tho. Goodbye. See ya later California.


                     Mon bébe. 

dinsdag 6 december 2016

san fran

Hi guys, I made it back from San Franciscooo!!

So last thursday I left, we went on a roadtrip. We drove by the big sur coast road, it was much longer then the regular 101 highway. I think we drove for 7 hours, but we stopped by many places. The road next to the ocean was going through the mountains for like 2 hours straight. Big Sur was so beautiful. Then we stopped in Monterey, we went straight to our hotel, and after that had our thanksgiving meal. Next day in the morning we left to San Francisco. It was a two hour drive, didn't expect that. America why you gotta be so big? It was black friday. We stayed in Hilton Union Square. So I head to the shops fucking madness, not cheap at all! Why do they even call it sale? It was terrible shopping with 200 people. In the evening we went to Treasure Island and looked at the sunset of the city. In the evening I went to dinner with the Swiss people we went to china town. It was very cheap, just 15 dollar each and so much food. Next morning waking up at 8, because we had many tours coming up. I had breakfast in this Chinese donut place. I totally felt like a city girl haha. San Francisco is a cool place. I mean I like the city cause I always end up living in a small town and I hate that. So many homeless people in SF. Most homeless peope I've ever seen. I've travelled to many countries but never saw like people literally sleeping on the street, dying.. Even in South Africa they don't sleep on the street. If you walked left of my hotel, the next block you could count like 200 homeless, lots of junkies. And at night they're all sleeping in the cold on the street, very sad. But thats part of a city I guess. The next morning we went to the harbor, I bought my SF sweater hell yeah totally touristin'. I went to eat fish&chips but our tourbus was leaving and literally had to throw the food in my mouth, and didn't even taste it. I also had a New Orleans' Louisiana beignet. THE BEST. After that we went to the Japanese garden and had some tea. After that we went eating chinese AGAIN. But it was different kinda chinese like chinese tapas. That night I went shopping. I was walking alone through China Town. Got lost. But I found the way! I mean seeing so many countries you would always find the way in a strange city. All the shops were open till 10 at night. I was walking through the streets like fuck yeah I'm from San Francisco. There was lots of christmas spirit in SF. I went at 11 at night to the Victoria Secret, it was already closed but the security guard let me in! I was shopping alone and it was the best thing ever. Bought a cute bra. Then head over to Walgreens and thats the thing I love about the city, the supermarket is always open till midnight. I bought some Ben&Jerry's, chocolate head over to my hotel, took a long bath. And getting up the next morning at 6. It was the first sunny day in SF. We went lots of sightseeing, and we went to the golden gate bridge. Took lots of pictures. So that was my trip. My second place I visited in California. xoxo Laurine

One day if I go to heaven I'll look around and say it ain't bad, but it ain't San Francisco❤️

Emigrating back to Europe?

When I wrote the facebook post "well I guess its ready to pack my stuff and emigrate back to Europe". Nobody of my friends got it, they all wrote omg really? Nobody understand it was a joke about Trump. I just moved to the US and its pretty weird to see the elections. The day of the elections I first went by myself to the cinema and watched: The Girl In The Train. I maybe mentioned it already on my blog, but a few months ago I've read the book. And its truly an amazing story. When I saw it was coming in the movie theatres, I just had to watch it. Even though I already knew who the killer was. The only thing about the movie was that it was based in New York, but in the books its based in England. Go watch the movie. This was also my first time watching a movie in the cinema alone. I'm definitely going to do it more times. Its not that expensive for a ticket $7.50. In Holland 14 dollars, crazy. Only thing is the popcorn is six dollar!!! Thats just crazy, I gotta stick up with the kids popcorn five bucks but enough popcorn for me. Oh btw in America sweet popcorn doesn't exists:( and the Bad Santa 2 with Billy Bob Thornton is coming out! I'm so excited to watch it, and Billy Bob is just amazing, you gotta go watch him in Fargo. So after the cinema I hurried with my bike through the streets and went to the Arlington Theatre. The Arlington Theatre is so beautiful, its like this vintage old theatre. They had for free the elections, and I mean come on? It only happens in 4 years. Its a special moment, I gotta watch it. I watched the elections from 9:30 till 12. There were like hundreds of people in the theatre. I look at the screen almost every state was Red... for Trump... It was only 9:30 and it was obvious he was going to win. All the states like California (love you Cali, you doing good), Oregon, Nevada, Hawaii, New York, Maine. They all voted for Hillary because those states I named are like the modern states, and states with people mixed from other countries. Only thing what suprised me is Florida. I'm a Hillary supporter. But when I came in that theatre I knew I was screwed, everybody was a fucking trump supporter. When Hillary came on screen they screamed bitch. They clapped the entire time for Trump. The assistant of Obama that guy on CNN, he had really good statements. When he came on screen they screamed racist stuff. It was disgusting seeing people like that. I think Obama did a really good job. He's a nice person. He helped America. He did one of the most important things in America and that was helping the health care system. By the way Donald Trump doesn't want a health care system. He only cares about himself and the other rich people. Its weird the entire justice is going to change to republican. Republicans are for the gun law, for the death row, they wanna departure foreigners, they don't wanna have a health system, poor people or normal standard people are just dead for them. Democrates like Obama, Hillary they want peace, health system for everyone, rich poor doesn't matter, no gun law, no death row. I'm sad its not Hillary. She's a smart woman, good education, knows about politics. TRUMP THOUGHT BELGIUM WAS A CITY HAHAHAHA. Her husband was an president! She would have done so good. The first woman as an president. But yeah I think lots of people discriminate because they think a woman can't handle a nation. And if you think like that. There's something wrong with you. 

This pic says it all, the book, the glasses, the student clothes, young enthousiasm, love in the late 60s..these two have worked for this so long..you are missing out america