[Tilburg] welkom feestdagen! Since the first day of holiday, I’ve forced myself to learn Dutch. And within 3 days (or so) I’m somehow surprised with what I’ve got so far! First, you know Dutch pronunciation the ‘g’ like in “goede morgen” quite similar to French “r”, basically it’s pronounced [krhude morkhen]. Thanks to having learned French for 5 years, this kind of sht is familiar to me. 🙂 second, recently I saw a quote which stated “Life is too short to learn German” oh God, that is true! But if you have the chance to learn it, do it! Of course at first you’re gonna see yourself beating your head against the wall, but just when you’ll finally get the logic of this language. I promise you, other Germanic languages will seem as a delighful piece of your birthday cake! I’m glad that I’ve learned it for 2 years in high school. Then, here is I’m retaining back my German vocabulary by learning Dutch. Vice-versa. Here is I’m learning Dutch by retaining back my German vocabulary. Studeer ze! 🙂
[Nijmegen] it’s been awhile since my last post, then I’m sure that you could conclude what I was actually doing last couple of days. 😉 So, yesterday I went to the oldest city in the Netherlands, named Nijmegen [Neimekhren] or Nimègue in French. You know, the French people like to give “identity” to every little detail in the world at least to show their power relation, in this case, in language (since a name is part of identity as well). Let’s move! I went here to visit a friend of mine, the girl I met in Balikpapan, etc etc, I’ve mentioned this girl, I think, several times. So I assume that you know her quite well now. 😉 she lives in the same city with her mother and her boyfriend, but each of them has their own apartment. That’s a bit strange when “you’ve been in relationship with someone for more than 1 year and still you live separately, in 3 minutes walking distance.” That’s what I learned both in France or here in the Netherlands. But she does, she enjoys her life as an independent coupled up girl. That’s pretty cool. Then we walked around the city center and ended up having dinner at her mother’s apartment. One thing to be highlighted here is, I found this city quite similar to Geneva (Genève, Switzerland) where you can walk along the river bank with night cruise, floating restaurants, beautiful bridge on the one side and casino, high-end restaurants, hotels on the other side. Worth visiting especially in the summertime! Let’s do! 🙂
[studying] Instagram meet Annisa, Annisa meet Instagram. So the coincidence does happen. If you ever read about my story when I met a Dutch girl named Lianne at Starbucks Coffee in Balikpapan then we talked and reached a point where we realized that we’re going to the same university in the Netherlands, subsequently we became friend and she stayed in my house, and we went to Bangka Island, and we traveled around Jakarta, and we are friends. In a way, this girl is a mixed-race Indonesian-Dutch, Annisa. Well on my first day, she came over me and said, “Hai Abel, saya Annisa, saya teman kerjanya Lianne.” The story was, at her workplace Lianne told Annisa that she’s just come back from her trip to Asia including Indonesia, that she met an Indonesian girl and stayed at hers.
Some couple of days afterwards, the list of student of Master’s program was distributed and Annisa saw an Indonesian name on it. She then searched my name on Facebook and found that Lianne is our mutual friend. So she said to Lianne, “hey your Indonesian friend you once told me will be in my class we’re in the same master’s program.” And we both three were excited because of this friend circle. 🙂
In a whole, I believe that everything in the world is connected to each other, what we need to do is to find its clues and realize the God’s winks.
This photo was taken last night, it was an honour for to be invited for dinner at her house in Arnhem, a 1-hour-by-train town from Tilburg. 🙂