Tuesday, January 23, 2007


As an update to the last post: Everything is arranged, the only thing I need to do is to buy a new toothbrush, and get some stuff for my lenses. That's about it.

And I`m probably going to try to learn to read some Hindi before I leave. One website teaching it said it was an easy language to learn, and they even gave instructions. Hope this would enable me to read and order some food (Not knowing of course what I have ordered). Next I noticed that the 3 other free trainee spots at my NGO employee have been taken, 2 by other dutchies, 1 by someone from Columbia. This kind of his a positive vote for my choice to work at this company; If those three people choose it, I can`t be wrong, can I? All in all it seems to become one big happy dutch colony again, just like in Korea. My mother-language will maintain its average quality thanks to this I guess.

Anything else? Well..I bought 7 records last weekend; Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Winter, The Doobie Brothers, Neil Young, Het Goede Doel, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and another one. This makes my collection go past the 60 mark. I`ve got almost more records than cds now, within maybe a year of starting to buy them. And since the prices are 1 cd for 10 records, I`m a happy man to keep expanding my music collection in this way.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Two weeks left till Paul will be no more (in Holland)

Two weeks left untill..
Two weeks left untill I will go to India, Jaipur. I`ll be working there for 18 weeks at a NGO called Cecoedecon. At this moment I only planned in 2 weeks for travelling. It might be a bit short, but since the monsoon will be haunting the south of India during June..it won`t be so great to go there. Besides the 100% humidity (which sucks; I experienced it in Seoul for 1 week and suddenly I wanted to be anywhere but in Seoul) I also learned it is better to make choices and just find a destination that is unique and special. Jaipur is also close to some of the biggest tourist destinations in India, so weekend-trips will hopefully cover those.

Besides having to arrange everything, there is also another thing that worries me. I found a waarbenjij.nu site of somebody who did the same traineeship as me..but she decided to quit in one week! Maybe it was a culture shock...maybe she broke the rule that you should create no expectations at all of your traineeship..and just go in there with an open mind..and trying to make the best of it.

Ah well, I`m confident that it`ll be a great experience..whatever happens.