10 Thoughts While at Yoga

10 Thoughts While at Yoga

 

I won’t claim to be an expert at yoga, heck I am barely a beginner! However, I did tell myself to try new things this year….stretching your body beyond where it naturally goes is a new thing, right?

At the average yoga class, my mind goes through many stages, here are just a few:

“I love yoga.”

“What is a chanansina vinyasanana?”

“Please don’t fart.”

“I could fall asleep here.”

“I could die here.”

“The instructor is telling me I can do anything, I CAN do anything.”

“She said to look up to the sky, but all I see is ceiling”

“How is warrior 1 different from warrior 2?”

“How come my friend can do this and I can’t.”

“Man I am totally getting this!”

“Man, I don’t get this.”

“That old lady is basically a pretzel, I want to be a pretzel.”

“I shouldn’t have eaten hash browns before this.”

“I want ice cream.”

“I hate yoga.”

“My whole body is jell-o.”

Anyone else out there feel like a I-don’t-yogi-know-what-I-am-doing-here?

 

 

New Year, New Me

New Year, New Me

That’s right folks, we are almost an entire month into the new year. Rather than posting a write up on all of my New Years Resolutions at the beginning of the new year, I thought I would be more interesting to check in a month in and see how much I am actually keeping up with those resolutions.


Drink more water: This year I actually decided not to write this down as a resolution, because every year I write it down and almost every year I don’t. So this year I challenged myself to start drinking more water and keeping track of when I hit my goal. And the results are surprising, more often then not I have hit my daily water goal. Although this wasn’t something I wrote down, I still find myself extremely proud for accomplishing a small goal for myself.

The year of the good skin: if you know me, you’ll know that I have quite dry and acne prone skin. So this year my goal is to treat my skin better, I have actually invested time into researching products for my skin type rather than just buying random ones from Shoppers when I need them. And obviously drinking more water has helped with this one. I wouldn’t say my skin is great now, but I am more conscious of what I put on my face and in my body.

Buy new underwear: This may be too much information and I know it seems pretty easy. But the premise was this: I have be holding on to the same old undies for years to the point where they are falling apart. So a few weeks ago, I went out and bought more underwear than is socially acceptable to buy all at once and revelled in how nice it is to treat yourself to the basics every once in a while.

Be more interesting/ try new things: I mean… if what I haven’t said yet hasn’t screamed “OMG I AM SO INTERESTING” then maybe this will: I have actually signed up for yoga and pilates classes, I have also been keeping a bullet journal, and threw my mom a surprise party. (Interesting & new right?)

Complete masters: I mean.. this isn’t a resolution but it is something I want to do this year. I set the bar high for myself.

I hope 2017 is off to a great start for you all and you all have magically become the best versions of yourself! *sarcasm*

B.

Overtired and Underfed.

We left off around 5 am outside the Nijenhuis’ residence, and here we are today. So clearly I survived.


So today starts off with a super hungover Christina and Brittany, who didn’t go to bed until past 5 in the morning as were originally leaving at 10am. I knew this wouldn’t happen so I messaged our cab driver (Tom) and asked if he could come an hour later. We then continued laying in bed feeling extremely shitty for another hour. One hour became 2 when Tom said he would be there at 12, so we took that as an opportunity to lay in bed for the next 50 minutes and pack for the last 10. “Packing” consisted of me sitting on the floor, throwing things into my suitcase with my eyes closed.

We then sat for our last breakfast with the Nijenhuis and gave our gifts to the family for such an amazing time that they gave us. Tom joined us for family photos on the front porch and another hour of chatting before actually leaving for Nijmegen. This lasted a whole 2 minutes because our presence was requested at the Havercamp so Koen could say goodbye again, which was wildly appreciated.

The next hour was everything I could have ever wished for, one of my favourite things happens to being singing/dancing in the car. Today I was lucky enough to do this with both Tom and Christina, although Christina was more quite and passive due to the hangover. But we jammed to 12 year old Tom’s mixtapes that we were lucky enough to find in the car. (thank god for shitty radio stations) We arrived in Weurt (yes, that’s a town name) and received the official tour from Tom, this consisted of the river, the dyke, the church and Demi’s house. It was extremely hard to take it all in at once. Our last stop was a visit to Tom’s house where we got to meet his family, and by “family” I mostly mean his cats. This is where I discovered my love for beer, well small beer that is. Biertje ❤

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Torn from my cat friends, we went into the center for a coffee before taking christina to the train. Although I love a coffee between things, this one left us short for time so we had to speed walk up hill to the train station. I guess its okay because we stopped at KFC so Christina could get herself so dinner. We made it in time and said goodbye so she could get on her train.  It was hard to watch her leave so soon, we had alot to do that I wish she would be a part of.

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Post-dropping Christina off, we walked this city down to the Waal.The Waal was an important place for the Liberation Route in WW2, actually where Frank Graham, the Canadian veteran whose name we cycled under fought in the war. Tom was a barrel of facts and basically gave me the full war tour of Nijmegen as we walked along.

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Tom and I went to cafe to sit and catch up. Slowly minutes turned to hours and multiple coffees (for me). Conversation consisted of the same nonsense we had been talking about for months but actually in person. It was comfortable and so normal that at points it seemed that the distance didn’t exist.

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We were promised by Demi to meet at the cafe, but because of school she ended up being a few hours late. So we ended up at this weird club/restaurant to meet her for supper. For her it went from 4 to 5 to 6 really fast, and once again Tom and I were left chatting, which I wasn’t complaining about though he may have been. Finally seeing Demi was weird, because I would consider her a close friend but she was one of the people I talked to the least since the trip. It was comfortable too and we were able to pick up right were we left off in May. It helps that she is probably the kindest person I have met (despite some really mean jokes).

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We met some of Demi’s field hockey friends and headed home, the two of us ended up staying up chatting till 1 am, and in the middle driving into the city to meet her friend. When we got home, finally going to bed.

Planes, Trains, and Automoblies

^seriously the most fitting title. I just summed up my day in 4 words, you can click off now.


So where were we…. RIGHT- Breakfast…its taking longer than I would have hoped so I am writing to distract myself. As I said yesterday, never in my 5 months did I think I would be flying back to Holland to see all my friends again, so when the plane started to land I actually starting crying (embarassing but true) at the overwhelming thought of seeing all these people again. But emotion was once again replaced by crazy stress when I was left with my grotesque bag and no idea where to go.

A list of things that happened post-flight:

  • didn’t know where the train was
  • or the platform
  • or how to buy a ticket
  • or where I was going
  • being extremely tired and just wanting to sleep

So when I got on the train, I spent the next 2 hours in transit, trying to look casual about my sweaty/ stinky self. Had three transfers, one of which left me with 5 minutes minutes to run from one train to the next ft. the suitcase.

Finally made it to Holten, and had Luuk standing waiting for me. I honestly could have cried ( yes, second time today, but keep in mind I had 3 hours of sleep) It felt like I never left and no time had gone by at all. WE then spent the next hours chatting and catching up over krokets and patat.

After that we made the rounds to Mirjams, any one has read my old posts know who Mirjam is but if you are new- welcome! Anyways Mirjam is the host mother my mom had when staying in the Netherlands and is honestly the nicest person I have been blessed to be around, she is always quick to offer and never leaves me needing anything.While there I was offered a drink, a meal, a shower, etc.

After Tanja came and we spent the evening with her family eating and chatting as well as doing a bit of homework. But honestly mostly napping on their couch haha. At midnight Tanja’s father and I went to retrieve Christina from the train station. AND IT WAS SO DANG EXCITING! WE ARE FINALLY TOGETHER! So lets end today on the high of my reuniting with Christina. Vaarwel.

Oh Hey There.

HOLD ONTO YOUR HATS!!1!!1!

In a mere 34 days, I will be doing a German/Dutch trip part 2!

My friend Christina has bravely left for Mannheim for an entire semester, so as her best friend, it is my job to use this as an excuse to travel and visit her. But instead of going to just see her we will do a bit of traveling with the help of my friends in the Netherlands to go and visit with them and seeing some new things along the way.

What this means for my blog you may ask…. another travel series!

Hopefully this one won’t end half way through with my phone being stolen (but truthfully, who would steal a blackberry?)

So as of now, I’ll outline a preliminary itinerary of my trippy-trip.

Me and Christina will be meeting in Amsterdam and traveling to Markelo for 3 days, where we will go to DIEKA! ( click here if you don’t remember what happened at Dieka: https://skippingbreakfast.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/day-13/ )

We will also be seeing the Holten Canadian war cemetery, perhaps the Grolsch factory in Enscede and the inside of my favourite two bars.

From Markelo we will travel to Nijemgen where we will spend 3 days with cyclists from the tour! I haven’t planned a whole lot in Nijemgen because I’ve never been there. So hopefully Demi and Tom can show us the way. I will then travel to Mannheim to meet back up with Christina and spend my last days seeing all the sights that Mannheim has to offer.

Then I will travel back and go back to school and start the whole “post-trip-depression-is-too-real” thing again. I’m not the only one documenting this trip, Christina will be as well on her blog (link below) make sure to give it a look.

https://breakingwonderland.wordpress.com/

Hopefully I can add more details soon, but for now that’s all, so until next time.

-Brittany

Summer: Expectations vs. Reality

Expectation: Tons of patio drinking.
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Reality: Having a sad batch of margaritas home alone while watching Sex in the City.
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Expectation: An amazing tan.
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Reality: Either no tan, a sad farmers tan, or a burn.
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Expectation: Going to the beach, road tripping or camping.
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Reality: It’s too damn hot for any of that.
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Expectation: Finally getting to spend time with friends.
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Reality: You don’t see anyone because everyone works retail.
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Expectation: A plethora of job options.
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Reality: Doesn’t qualify for anything.
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Expectation: Enjoying the sun and the heat.
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Reality: Wishing it was fall…<3
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My Trip: Update

My Trip: Update

In two weeks from today I will be leaving on jet plane to Holland. I previously mentioned this trip once a couple of months back and will link that here:
https://skippingbreakfast.wordpress.com/2014/11/07/im-going-abroad/
Anyways, I come along way since then and I am now training at a shocking 100km a week. (wow)
So soon I am leaving with my group of 17 from my hometown to fly to Holland and bike our asses off. We will be in the media so look for me…
Here is the low down:
On the 17th of April at 10pm I finish my last exam. (this is necessary information so you can feel my pain)
18th: I go to the airport for 2:30 and leave at 5:30 for Amsterdam.
I mean I want to keep the rest a surprise for as I go, but in general the trip is a lot of ceremonies. We will be bringing Holland’s eternal flame with us as we go, as well as wreaths that we give as we go. We will participate in tours of many war landmarks like Auschwitz and the Berlin wall, as well as Markelo day and other Dutch celebrations.
All in all I am super pumped and just can’t wait to be done exams and paper (ugh. all the papers) so that I can go on this excursion. But don’t think I will be forgetting about you through this.
I will be attempting to post everyday when we have wifi or at least typing something out and posting it when I have the chance. Giving me the opportunity to track what I did that day and give you guys the opportunity to come along for the journey.
I figured I would update my last post since I haven’t said anything about this trip since I post that last post forever ago. So there it is, I am getting ready to go!