Everybody spoke to us and were quite patient to listen
Needless to say we had homework. So we were studying hard even after classes, overall atmosphere from people and of course from the surroundings had great influence and created a good studying mood.We were flocking in the “library” to study, encouraging each other to keep going if someone were losing motivation. But enough about learning. We all came not just to learn language, but to sink into the culture and understand Holland better.
The first big thing we did together outside leaning and munching was a trip to Westerbork. We went there in separate groups, some by car, some by bike, some on foot. Half of the group settled in a cozy pizza place and our group went to see the fair that was right that day in Westerbork. How cute does that village look? There were local goods, statues from wood, cheeses, ice cream and a lot more. We were walking down the street and ladies in typical Dutch costumes smiled at us. Everybody spoke to us and were quite patient to listen while we were slowly trying to construct something that made sense. But enough about learning. We all came not just to learn language, but to sink into the culture and understand Holland better.
We picked the nicest restaurant with terrace full of flowers and sat there. Soon the whole company joined us. We were chatting, sipping our drinks, enjoying the view. The waiter spoke just Dutch to us and also was very nice. It was even quite suspicious that everything was going so well. Sometime after we saw a couple: lady with drums and a man with a guitar. They started singing…
“Country roads, take me home to the place I belong”- and we sang along.
Perfect evening. There also was a street theatre performing Het Duel. But we didn’t go. Too many experiences for one day.