This week started off very well in Innsbruck, and it ended great as well in Leiden, here’s a short overview: Tuesday and Wednesday were rather straightforward, on Thursday the first Master’s student I co-supervised graduated and I had an excellent yoga class. On Friday mum, dad, Hans and Sara visited Naturalis so I visited the exhibitions as well. “Extreem” was very cool (literally at one point where it includes a big block of ice). Dad and I really liked the anatomy exhibition as well, but mum wasn’t too charmed by it, some stuff we borrowed from the hospital is on display, among which parts of a heart and of a lung with gunshot wounds, Siamese twins in alcohol, dissections of heads and an achondroplastic skeleton.
Early in the evening Sander B. came over for dinner and partying. On the way to my place he took some pictures of the lovely swans in the canal. We also watched the highly entertaining film “Team America World Police” (yes, finally, you’ll get it back now Steve). Absolutely hilarious, though I had expected nothing less from the guys behind South Park 🙂 After that we met Steve and Luke in the English Pub. Luke’s quote of the day “his head looks like it’s been carved out of a potato”. I like Luke 🙂 We ended the day at Olo Rosso, a tapas place/half club, I say half club because Sander, Steve, Luke and I were the only ones dancing, even though the music could not be ignored and was certainly intended to be danced to.
Shopping Saturday. I needed to get some stuff from town, and as usual I came back with more than I went shopping for. No clothes though this time, but food. I meant to get some incense from Xenos (succeeded) but I also bought some basic food (pasta, wraps, guacamole, tom yum soup, olives, yet another jar of pesto, I thought I was running out of pesto but when I was tidying up my cupboards last night I found three other jars, plus the one in the fridge…anyway, I have some stock again). The pasta came in handy as main dish before my chocolate fondue dessert with Arthur. Unfortunately, a goodbye-for-a-while-chocolate-fondue as he’s leaving for Canada for a couple of months later this week :(Our first attempt to melt the chocolate failed due to a pan that was too small in combination with a bowl that was too big, so when the water only started boiling a little bit it would splatter into the bowl, not a good idea.
On the second attempt we took a different approach (bigger pan) which worked marvelously, I had to sacrifice part of my chocolate keyboard (for a good cause though) which it melted gorgeously, almost it was almost hypnotising to see it melt (and it tasted even better!). The chocolate was of excellent quality as it didn’t even need cream to prevent it from lumpy. Mmmm!!! and very healthy too as we had raspberries to dip. Whilst dipping the aforementioned raspberries, as well as bits of banana, kiwi and biscuits in hot chocolate we watched 5 episodes of “Believe Nothing”. A miniseries starring Rik Mayall, this time not as a total loser, but as a “quadruple professor”. His acting reminds me a bit of “Edina” in AbFab..the man is just a comic genius 🙂
Merpel-time on Sunday. There was sleeping late, watching an episode of Prison Break and the very last episode of “The OC” (~snif, but cool). Then another little bit of shopping (fresh veggies) and the rest of the afternoon I curled up on the sofa with a pot of tea and James to do some work. I think the MITCH team is going to have the deadliest faculty poster ever 🙂 Oh and there was cleaning my kitchen, which still smelled of chocolate, delicious!
This evening Judith and I went to a salsa & danson class, taught by people who grew up with salsa, which was very, very cool. It’s a shame there weren’t too many people, but the place is a bit hard to find…this way we had more space though, which came in handy with the danson which is a bit complicated at first as it’s built up out of 11-step patterns, but very elegant (well, it’s supposed to be elegant ;)). Not a bad way at all to end the weekend.