Read – Online
The Netherlands are A Mess in general when it comes to housing, but this year it’s been extra bad for the foreign students that pay a 15.000 euro tution (compare: Dutch students pay around € 2.000 a year), move half way around the world and then find themselves homeless. It’s an absolutely disgusting situation. Universities should take care of appropriate housing for their foreign students, definitely for the first year. And maybe also for all the other years, as Dutch students aren’t very willing to share a house with a foreign housemate. But apart from that we’re super open and liberal and tolerant and very internationally focussed. No, really.
Listened to – Music
Listened to – Podcasts
Watched – Films and Documentaries
I watched Back to the Future for the first time in years, and I don’t know why, but all of a sudden Doc struck me as such a profoundly tragic figure. I’ll watch it again in a while, to see if it’s because of realising things I’ve never realised before, or that it was just me being a bit mentally unstable that day.
Watched – TV and Youtube
Bierpinsel. Brilliant. The wikipedia entry is a bit confusing, but I read the original one in German, so here we go: the official name of the building was “Turmrestaurant Steglitz”, which means Towerrestaurant Steglitz, with Steglitz being the neighbourhood. The building was supposed to resemble a tree, but the people in the neighbourhood thought it looked like a paintbrush (“pinsel”), and since you could go there to have a beer, they started calling it the “Bierpinsel” (beer brush).1