Sunday, 13 March 2011
Friday, 11 March 2011
Thursday was our flat mates birthday so I saw it as another baking opportunity, A while a go he said he liked the look of the brownie based cheesecake in my recipe book. So I baked it, and I did myself proud, yummy!
Jochum made a cake with his sister which was beautiful, like black forest gateau.
Last weekend Tim and I visited his parents in Hoorn, on Zaterdag we all had a nice walk around a village Medemblik, heerlijk! and on our way back on Sunday stopped at Amsterdam, I have visited there once before. I remember little of that trip. The weather was beautiful. We visited the Negen Straatjes a lovely Bohemian area of the city and after stopped at a bar we went to years ago for a snack. I was curious to see the red light district, of which we walked through, but it put a bitter end to seeing the city.
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
This morning I attended "High and Dry" at the Praat Huis, where immigrants and refugees attend to improve their Dutch language. I found this through Theo who volunteers there, we meet to exchange languages every so often. You are supposed to Nederlands spreken, I have enjoyed it as it forces you to speak Dutch and i find it very exciting. I get such a warm feeling from going, it is great and fascinating to meet new cultures. Today was a Multi culti festival, the 5th Birthday of the Praat Huis. I took a victoria sponge cake along, mainly to thank Theo. Sponge seemed to be a curious word for the volunteers, difficult to pronounce, Theo said "Like sponge bob?". They had a lovely spread.
I tried a small piece of Tiramisu and Gefeliciteerd taart, and later the raw fish; herring, i liked it!
Theo played a lot of great music and we sang nursery rhymes which I believe helps with my pronunciation.
A man from Afghanistan sang and played his harmonica, it was great, very moving.
A Brazilian lady gave a dance too, which was fantastic! She danced with another lady originally from South America and another volunteer.
I met different lovely people, most spoke to me in Dutch and I was thrilled that I understood some words.