Sinterklaas, food and whipped cream in my eye

Last Saturday was Sinterklaas, a Dutch holiday. I won’t give you guys a detailed explanation about it (since it’s pretty long haha), but basically on December 5th it’s ‘pakjesavond’ (‘presents nights’) and Sinterklaas visits all the children in the country and leaves a lot of presents and candy.

I ate so much food (if some of it even counts as food haha), which is no surprise unless you’re new here (in that case: hi!) because if you’ve been around for a while you should know of my love for food.

Basically I was really full and a bit nauseous (but content!) when we went home haha. But of course the evening wasn’t just us eating! (it may sound that our family gatherings are always me and my family stuffing ourselves with food, but really, it isn’t!)

To keep my six-year old cousin occupied we played some games when all of a sudden we heard a few loud knocks on the door! But when we opened it, there was no one there except for presents! My cousin remained very calm as he dragged his presents inside haha. He had a cool image to keep up of course.

He was really spoiled, but he wasn’t the only one who got presents!

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How did Sinterklaas know I wanted all of this?! *cough picked all of it out myself cough*. I ordered the illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when it had just come out, but since it’s rather expensive I got it for Sinterklaas (though I was really lucky to already find it with a 50% discount!). I now own two Harry Potter POP! Funkos (I already owned Dumbledore), more Tsum Tsums have joined my Tsum Tsum family and I finally have Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (if you’re a fan of Animal Crossing, I definitely recommend it. It’s very cute and fun to play!). I mentioned the Jigglypuff hat in my post about POPCULT. I thought I’d get it for Christmas, but since it’s cold already my mom decided to give it to me now (I mean, Sinterklaas decided that).

I actually wanted to take a picture including the chocolate and the gingerbread man I got, but most of the chocolate is gone already (I doubt any of you are surprised to hear that). My six-year old cousin’s father always buys the gingerbread men, and when my mom unwrapped hers the six-year old cousin was like ‘that’s Dad’s!’ so naturally we all looked at each other like ‘oh shit, how does he know that?!’, but he was referring to the chocolate  letter ‘M’ that my mom had also gotten (both my mom and his dad’s names start with an M). It was a moment of panic haha.

The rest of the evening we played the games he had gotten, including the new ‘pie face game’ (at least it’s new here). If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a link. I was very lucky to not get whipped cream in my face (*cue evil laugh every time I escaped the cream*), but of course everyone insisted that I’d play until I got some too (why do they have to be so mean?!). That’s how I ended up with whipped cream in my eye.

That was my ‘pakjesavond’! If you celebrate Sinterklaas, did you have fun? If you don’t, what’s on your Christmas wish list? Let me know in the comments!

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The Weekly Hufflepuff #3

GUYS I HAVE ONE WEEK LEFT BEFORE I’M STARTING JOURNALISM AND I’M EXCITED AND SCARED

Anyway, what happened this week?

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  • This was a slow reading week for me. I finally finished The Young Elites and it was okay. It took so long for things to get interesting!
  • I started The Warlock (fifth book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series) and am enjoying it so far. I had to look up summaries of the first four books since it’s been so long since I read those, but now at least I remember what has happened so far!

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I translated quite a bit of my WIP this week, though not as much as I would’ve liked.

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The Fosters mid-season finale though. Spoilers in white: DID WE SIRIUSLY GET A HAPPY FINALE OH MY GOD. I mean, okay Jonnor might break up (so not okay with that), but nothing majorly bad happened!! Also not sure how I feel about the new Jesus (I was so confused: ‘Who’s that. What Jesus? That’s not- Okay so we have a new Jesus’ I had no idea Jesus was coming back! I guess I missed that). I guess I’m still used to Jake T. Austin, but we’ll see what he’s like in 3B!

On Thursday I went to see Paper Towns with a friend. Getting there was terrible, as I hadn’t realised how busy it would be thanks to Sail! (If you don’t know what that is, it has something to do with boats. Somehow I managed to miss this events in my 18 years of living in Amsterdam). I barely got on time (which was really funny as it’s usually my friend who’s late haha!) and thankfully we were still allowed to buy tickets and go in. I won’t go into details, or this post will get really long, but I absolutely loved it. They made some minor changes, but they didn’t affect the plot too much and most of them I actually liked (like Angela getting screen-time). The cast all did a fantastic job portraying their characters and they had great chemistry with each other. One of my favourite adaptations, that’s for sure!

I slept over at my friends and we caught up on Pretty Little Liars (no spoilers please, we still have five episodes until the 6A finale). Of course we also talked a lot.

The next day we continued our Pretty Little Liars marathon (actually we went to bed at 3 AM so we continued it the same day haha. I had a really weird dream by the way, about Pretty Little Liars…) and baked muffins with chocolate chips!

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Muffins!! 😊

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Oh I also rewatched The Jungle Book (first time in English since I grew up with most Disney films in Dutch) and was very disturbed to find out Kaa and Winnie the Pooh had the same voice actor (I’M NOT OKAY THAT MY FAVOURITE BEAR HAS THE SAME VOICE AS THAT CREEPY SNAKE OKAY)

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I spy with my little eye… Some interesting blog posts!

That was another week! There’s only one week of August left- EEP. Which means I really need to post my first Amsterdam post since I promised the series would start this month. I STILL DON’T HAVE A NAME THOUGH. If you have any suggestions, let me know!
Anyway, how was your week? Let me know in the comments!

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Orlando Day 4: Disney Magic Kingdom

Previous posts: Orlando Day 1Orlando Day 2 part 1Orlando Day 2 part 2 and Orlando Day 3.

Okay, so technically this is day 5, but since I skipped the actual day 4 as not much happens (like I said in my last post, it was a rest day), this is now called ‘day 4’, or it might be a bit confusing.

ANYWAY. THIS IS THE DAY WE WENT TO DISNEY. We had bought our tickets the day before at the hotel, which would save time (most, if not all, hotels in Orlando offer tickets, so keep that in mind so you won’t have to stand in line!).

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Look how cute those tickets/cards are! Those little boxes were bought here in Amsterdam, but they go well with the cards haha. They held these delicious sort of mini-Maltesers *drools*

Of course when one goes to Disney one must wear Disney related clothing* (just like I wore my Hufflepuff tank top the first Universal day, sadly I only have one Harry Potter tank top, and honestly I can’t survive in T-shirts in somewhere as hot as Orlando), so here’s my outfit!

* This is not an actual must of course, it’s a must for me

Yay for Mickey and friends tanktop! My mom wore the same one in gray, so we we were twinning haha. Also how cool is that second photo?! It totally happened by mistake, but I like it haha. I also traded my Harry Potter keychains for my newly acquired Disney ones (thank you Walgreens).

So after breakfast we went to the main entrance to wait for the shuttle that would take us to Epcot, from there we’d ride the monorail to the ferry that would take us to Magic Kingdom.

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DISNEY. Just as I took the photo we went over a bump and Mickey got cut off :(

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At Epcot! Also my outfit from the back. If you look carefully you can see two Mickey heads coming out of my shoes (they’re attached to my socks)

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Look how cute those life vest instructions are! AND THE CASTLE IN ALL IT’S GLORY.

Once we got to the park we immediately went to City Hall to get buttons. If you don’t know, you can get buttons that show you’re celebrating something. Since we were there for my 18th birthday we got a happy birthday button and my mom got a ‘I’m Celebrating’ one as well.

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During the day I got a lot of ‘happy birthday princess Michelle’, someone even called me ‘your highness’ haha BUT SIRIUSLY THOUGH I WAS A PRINCESS FOR A DAY *one childhood dream fulfilled* (though honestly I didn’t want to be a princess that badly (Princesses have to obey all these rules and have all these responsibilities…) I wanted to be a Pokémon master. Still do. One day guys, one day)

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As I said, twinning

This picture reminds me to give you guys this piece of advice: DO NOT BRING A LEATHER BAG TO AN INCREDIBLY HOT PLACE. It kept sticking to my skin, and since I had caught a mild sunburn the day before it HURT.

After getting our buttons, guess who showed up? PLUTO AND MARIE. So then we had to choose: who to take a picture with? I’m sorry Pluto, I love you, but MARIE IS SO ADORABLE.

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LOOK I HUGGED MARIE IT’S BEEN WEEKS AND I’M STILL GIDDY ABOUT IT SHE WAS SO SOFT AND CUTE AND I LOVE HER OKAY

While we where waiting for our turn the Move it! Shake It! Dance And Play It! Parade started, which I filmed. I’m going to make a video out of all my footage and share it on here later, but for now I’m going to show you this clip:

If you heard a ‘STITCH’: that’s me. I LOVE STITCH (and everything Disney, but STIIIITCH. Plus I hadn’t expected to see him in a parade). Also that laughter that follows is also me when I realised I had yelled that quite loud (it was a lot louder in real life haha).

Once the parade was over it was time to hunt down some ears/bows! There are quite a few to choose from, but we decided on these big pink bows (which was useful for my mom, as she had no idea where I was most of the time, especially in stores haha):

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LOOK AT ALL THE MICKEYS BY THE WAY.

Then it was time to start our adventure. We made our way to the castle (me trying to resist all the shops, as we were going to go shopping later in the day) where of course pictures (read: selfies) had to be taken. While we were taking a selfie a guy proposed to his girlfriend and it was so cute! I swear, my future boyfriend better proposes to me in front of Hogwarts or Cinderella’s Castle too, or I’ll say no (just kidding. Sort of. Not really).

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I’m siriusly proud of this photo. The colours, the reflection in the water… It’s so pretty!

We were making our way to Fantasyland, but then we passed this girl eating this delicious looking waffle with fruit, so naturally we decided to get one too. I mean, FOOD.

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Look at my concentrated face haha

BUT THIS ISN’T WHAT WE THOUGHT WE HAD ORDERED. THAT GIRL HAD SOMETHING MUCH SMALLER I LOVE FOOD BUT THIS WAS TOO BIG. I couldn’t even finish it (surprisingly my mom, who has a smaller stomach than I do, did finish it), which was sad because foooood.

Also we saw another squirrel! I swear, every time I saw one I was Dug from Up.

My mom’s theory that I was a dog in my previous life sounds more likeable each day. This morning, she asked if I wanted a hug and I ran at her like a dog, almost knocking her off her feet (and the stairs…).

Once we were done eating we continued our way to Fantasyland. The plan was to get on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train since it was still early, but the line was sooo long and it was actually already pretty hot, so we decided to wait until it had cooled of a bit. Instead, we went on the Winnie the Pooh ride. I kind of remembered going on it when I was five (though it’s more likely I remembered it from film, not from actual memory), and even though I’m no longer five, I still loved it. I mean, it’s Winnie the Pooh.

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If you’re in line with kids, your kids can play while they wait (of course you can too. No one will stop you. I think. If they do that’s unfair). If you knock on the door, you’ll hear Pooh’s voice. I don’t know if he says different things, but when I knocked he said something along the lines of ‘if you’re a Heffalump please go away’ haha.

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When you get ‘inside’ there’s still stuff for kids to do. What I personally loved were these big screens with ‘honey’ that you had to swipe away to find Pooh and his friends.
As you can see the ride is in a honeypot! The ride itself is based on the story of the 1977 film, which is really cute.

After the ride is over, of course you end up in a store. In it they of course sell Winnie the Pooh stuff, but also Snow White (as The Seven Dwarfs Train is right across from it) and of course some Mickey and Minnie stuff.

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TIGGER. I had to get Tigger. Not only because I love him and this particular plush is cute, but because I’m collecting all of the characters and I *GASP* didn’t have Tigger yet. One day I want to have a big library in my house, and I want to place all the plushies in the children’s section (I have big plans).

A lot happened this day, so I decided to split it up again like I did with my second post. I don’t know yet if it will be two or three parts, we’ll see! Next time: The Little Mermaid ride, Rapunzel’s tower, The Haunted Mansion, Mickey shaped ice-cream and more! Have you been to Magic Kingdom? What’s your NUMBER ONE favourite thing? I know, that’s cruel. Don’t worry, you can cheat.

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