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Harvard: This Is The Life

And you’re singing the song, thinking this is the life  – Amy Macdonald So my first week at Harvard is done and it’s time for an update! On Monday I had my first real Harvard educational experience since it was time for my first class. Man, lectures at Harvard are like ten serious steps up from Tilburg University. For starters,…

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Harvard: Empire State Of Mind

Concrete jungle where dreams are made of – Alicia Keys & Jay-Z I made it!! As we speak I’m sitting in the open window of my Harvard dorm room looking out on the beautiful lawn in front of our house. Life is good. Okay, let’s go back to the start. Even though the journey over here was fine, there were…

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Harvard: Start Spreading The News

Start spreading the news, I’m leaving today  – Frank Sinatra On 18 June 2010 I will hop on a plane to New York City for a 2 month stay in the United States of America. For 7 weeks I will study at the prestigous Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I will take a course in International Relations at the Harvard summer school…

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Rowing In Rustic Poland

The summer of 2009 had yet another adventure waiting for me. Only a day after I got back from India I had to catch a plane to Poland. Yes, Poland! The World Rowing Championships were held over there and since my bro was in the stroke seat of the lightweight Dutch men’s eight I had to be there, obviously. The…

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From Dazzling Delhi To Rustic Rajasthan

When we arrived in Delhi we got in a cab and drove directly to the hotel we’d picked out earlier. Since Delhi traffic is completely crazy (even more crazy than the rest of India) this seemed like a good idea. Unfortunately, all the more affordable rooms in the hotel were booked. Or at least, that’s what they told us as…

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India: From Coast To Coast

Not on a Harley Davidson cruising Route 66, but on a Parveen nightbus wobbling on bumpy Indian roads… But first, Pondicherry! The Lonely Planet was right: chances are you stay longer than planned in lovely Pondicherry. The city still has that old French colonial vibe because you cannot escape its Frenchness: French street names, French food, French buildings, French speaking…

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India: The Road Trip Begins…

The next phase of my India adventure has begun and it is time for another update. I left Yercaud behind and the backpacking through India road trip has now officially started! Last week was not the best week since I arrived in India because I was seriously ill… It was so serious that I even went to an Indian village…

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Madurai: Showers, Toilets, And BEER!

On friday me, Josiane and Lee, got on the bus to Madurai, a beautiful city 300km south of Salem. This was the bus drive from hell… We got on the bus at 9pm and for the next 6 hours we were stuck on this local, overloaded and HOT bus. And the road was so extremely bad! Now I get why…

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Life in Yercaud

As I said before, Yercaud (Jerkat) is so very beautiful. I’m so extremely far away from the “modern world”, I love it. Taking a shower with a measuring cup is no longer a big deal, and I squat down on an Indian toilet without any problems. The cockroach count in our little room has almost reached double digits, and it…

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India: Monkeys, Cows And Elephants

(And Pythons, Cockroaches And Scorpions) Okay, a few days have past and a lot has happened since my first arrival in India. Incredible India. There is a chance that this is going to be a rather elaborate update, so if you’re having concentration issues: do not read any further! After the first pretty rough days I left for Mysore on…

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Little Larey Is In Incredible India

After all these months of preparation departure day finally was here: last wednesday I got on a plane to India! Fortunately, the goodbyes at the airport were pretty decent and I have to say I was very proud of myself for not shedding any tears when I passed the security check (although it was hard!). I had a stopover in…

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One More Month And Then: INDIA!

Just one more month before I leave for… Incredible INDIA! You can follow all my adventures and experiences on this blog and this way I don’t have to inform ánd my mom, ánd my dad, ánd my sis, ánd my bro, ánd the rest of the family, ánd all my friends, but I can do it with just one post.…

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