Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Dutch Tradition: Kings Day

Another Dutch tradition that you have to know about is Kings Day! Kings Day is the king’s birthday and it’s a national free day in Holland. That day we all go crazy with our orange outfits and have a lot of fun together. And you’ve probably heard about it but I’m still going to explain a little bit how it goes here in my village!

In 2013 when our king and queen had their coronation day the date changed. We had three queens who celebrated their birthday on April 30th. Now the kings birthday is on the 27th and he changed Queens Day into Kings Day. From April 30 to April 27.

A few photo's of dressed-up people for the best 'car'. right in the corner are some friends of mine who made a formula 1 car. 
As you understood: Kings Day is the kings birthday. And our national colour is orange. So what do we do at the king’s birthday? We go as crazy and orange as we can. Everywhere in the country all villages and cities have their ‘oranje commité’. (The orange organisation.) They organise all sorts of events on the day. In our village we have a flea market a competition who makes the best ‘car’ and the whole week all sorts of parties and events for kids in the big party tent at Havenplein. 

At the end of Kings Day there is a huge party in the party tent and that’s how we end the day here in my village.

Special made for Kings Day: The Orange Tompouce
The king himself goes to a place somewhere in Holland and celebrate his birthday in that city with the people. There are a lot of old Dutch games, special food from the place (to show off to the king and queen :) ) and I think all day long the king, the queen and their three daughters are smiling and waving at all the orange crowd. That’s what their day looks like. 

Oh, and the children! I totally forgot the children. In school, the last Friday before the May holiday (which is two weeks for them) they have ‘the king games’ or ‘games of the king’. (I don’t know how to translate it but I like the second one. That sounds more like Game of Thrones
J ). It’s a whole day filled with a lot of activities and games. I never got to do it because I’m too old but I guess it’s a lot of fun for them.

If you ever get the chance, make sure you go to Holland on April 27th and dress up in orange and party along with us! Go to the flea marked, play the fun Old Dutch games like ‘koekhappen’,  ‘spijkerpoepen’ and ‘spijkerbroekhangen’.  I’m not going to explain these three games because then you guys think we’re all mad here in Holland. But make sure you come and celebrate the day with us!

More souls is more fun!

Xx Rianne
Monday, 25 April 2016

Help me! I’m 20…

I was in the train somewhere at the beginning of the month March. I always have to travel for 2,5 hours so I have enough time to think about stuff. And suddenly I thought about my birthday. Only less than a few weeks and it's time to celebrate my twentieth birthday. (Which is now 10 days ago)And I suddenly felt so small in this big world! I freaked out a little. What am I supposed to do now?

I had to make a lot of choices these past 20 years, simple ones like: what do I put on my slice of bread this morning: chocolate sprinkles or Nutella? But there were also hard choices: what study do I want to do? Do I move out and live on myself in Ede or stay safely at home? Do I spent money on this or that? Am I happy? Am I doing what I love? Do people like me? Am I brave enough to wear this piece of clothes?

The last question doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it was/is for me. I have had some rough times at school in the past. I lost my confidence and even though I thought I had found my confident again becoming 20 made the ground shudder under my feet. Everything that felt so ‘normal’ isn’t that normal anymore... Like: I choose my study because I’m curious and I love to write. But after my internship I realised that I don’t want to become a journalist. I don’t want to live from someone’s pain.
With that I mean, when something bad happens, journalists are there the first. Creating the news, informing the citizens about what is going on. Or asking more and more question about a horrible moment in someone's life that changed them. Just because we need that horrible part to make the story we’re writing a good story. I actually hate it.

When I realised that, I started to think: what else is there that I want to do? And that question has been haunting me ever since. I don’t know what to do. And in almost a year I’m graduating. I know that I still want to finish my study. I learn a lot of important new things. And still I learn how to write, which is what I love the most.

But what am I going to do after this? Is there a job out there for me that I like? I don’t know. Students around me, most of them, know exactly what they want to do right now and after their study. And it makes me feel so stupid and small. The world is so big, why on earth can’t I think of something that I want to become? There are a thousand jobs out there and it looks like none of them fit for me.

So becoming 20 is a blessing, of course, there is still a lot of stuff to explore, to visit and to do. But at this moment I’m stuck with the fact that I’m 20 and not knowing what to do with my life. I know 20 is young, but for me: it’s been my whole life!!!!  I had 20 years to think of something that I want to be, to know that I’m good at something and want to become better and yet I still don’t know.

The 20-something life crisis came early for me I guess…

Still I don’t want to be all down about this. I’m still okay and happy with my 20 years of walking, running, falling, failing, accomplishing, rolling, stumbling and laughing on earth! That shows the happy side of being 20. But you know, on every coin are two sides. And I thought it would be fair to tell that this is also a side of me: overthinking, scared, not confident. Instead of always seeing the bright sight of life, which I try to do the most.

If you’re in the I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-life-phase too, let me know how you deal with it! Let me know what makes you happy, what you do to feel more confident. I could really use some tips about my life crisis right now and I guess other people can use advice from others too.

Xx Rianne

Ps. I got a pastel pink polaroid for my birthdayyy!!!!

Monday, 11 April 2016

Life Update: Writers Block

As the title says: I had a writers block this month. I had loads of ideas but everything I tried to write sucked. I couldn’t just write one blogpost at all. Normally when I write a blogpost I write it in one session. This month I just kept writing, deleting, writing, deleting. So then I decided to put the blog pen down for a little while and see when I able again to write a proper blogpost.

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So after this break of a month I hope I can pick it up again and don’t have these writers block anytime soon again. I really hated it. I couldn’t make one normal sentence. I was a bit stressed about school because the past weeks we had a lot of deadlines to work on and I put all my energy in my school essays. After I had finished school all the happiness was drowned out of me and I just couldn’t write a happy blogpost. Also, my birthday is coming up. (This Friday!! YAY!) And that got me thinking a lot. And thinking is okay but my thinking turned into overthinking. So I also wrote about that and it’ll be a blogpost next week I think. If I’m brave enough to post my thoughts about this subject… But we'll see.

I hope you understand why I was absent for the past weeks.

Love you lots!

Xx Rianne