Travel and arrival

At the end of August, I  permanently left my  main home of 18 years to move to Delft for the next few years, in the Netherlands. I left with one backpack, and two medium sized pieces of luggage. This was probably the heaviest I’ve ever packed for a trip such as this one, but one piece of luggage contained only Kendo and other sports equipment, and my jackets.

The airline which I used was Icelandair, my favorite for moving to and from Europe, since I have two free checked luggage with any ticket I buy. I ended up taking the redeye from Washington to Iceland, which looking back on it, was not the best idea.  I expected there to be more food in the Iceland airport so I could buy breakfast, but that didn’t happen. Window seats are the best for sleeping through the entire flight, you can lean against the window or on the tray table etc.  I think I slept through both flights, arriving in Amsterdam at noon.

Skipping through the bus ride to Delft, I ended up picking up my keys at the TUDelft welcome center and had to wait a long time to get driven to my accommodation. I lived quite close to where the center was, but with my two suitcases, it was too much. Another example of why I don’t travel heavy. I live now in a decently large apartment with four other people.  We share a large kitchen/dining room area, and each have our own bedroom. The price is a bit steep, but can’t get much better in location or niceness for university housing.

Before this ends, a list of the most crucial things to buy when a student in the Netherlands:

-Bicycle

-Rain gear (if you didn’t bring any)

-Buienalarm (Phone app for rain, also a website)

-OV-Chipkaart (Transit Card) with the 40% off peak discount if that applies to your needs

-Bicycle (really, it will end up saving you so much time and money)

My next adventure

Well, it seems as though I have two paths to follow, and I think I know which one I am going to take.

1. TU Delft – Netherlands – I’ve been accepted to the Aerospace master’s program, and I’m pretty sure that I will end up going there. I’ve been figuring out logistics, like where I am going to live etc, and it’s a bit difficult.

2. Hanover, Germany – I’m interviewing for a job this next week which would be in Hanover Germany. It’s not exactly what I want to do, but it has the key points, and I think I would be happy there, and I would be moving back to Europe (WOO!).

So my next trip is going to be to move to Delft, and then probably visiting all of my friends around Europe. Heck, maybe I’ll even take a side trip to visit everyone in Asia as well, though I’ll probably need more money for that.

Book Review: The Journey of One Buddhist Nun

The Journey of One Buddhist Nun – Sid Brown – ISBN: 0791450961

The basis of this book is the story of one Maechi (Nun) and her journey from a hard life in Thailand to living in a samnak or nunnery near Bangkok. The book is written by a visitor to this nunnery, who traded private english lessons for the story. One of the main themes is the equality of the sexes, in everything from education to pursuing the enlightened path as a monk or nun.

An interesting point that the book makes is the difference between people who had contact or experience with the Maechi and people who didn’t. The people who had never met one of the nuns had a vastly different and somewhat warped view compared to the people who had come in contact with the maechi. This is a point which is all to evident within life itself, people who believe the stereotypes, and people who don’t.

In essence, this book is about the journey of a young Thai woman who goes against the normal, expected life to instead pursue the path of Buddhism. At the same time, the entirety of the Thai culture changes with her.