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Monday, May 21, 2007

Ascension weekend: Spring cleaning and some fun!

(And some rather interesting facts and photos about my shoes- way at the bottom!) ;-)

April and May are great in the Netherlands! There are several days off due to holidays and it's always nice to have a small break from work. Of course what I still don't understand is why do we have Christian holidays considering that I still have to meet a Dutch person who is really religious...still, this is not the purpose of this entry ;-) so I'll proceed to share with you what I did during Ascension weekend.

The real day off was on Thursday and at Canon we had an extra day off...this meant a nice long weekend :) For this occasion I decided to stay in Amsterdam, take some time to relax at home, go to the gym and do something productive and maybe have some fun in the evenings.

Well I have to say that it all worked out wonderfully!

THE FUN

I managed to do something fun each of the evenings. And you will be able to see some photos with some descriptions here.

However I wanted to tell you a little more about Friday evening. Aissa and me decided to go to the 80s party in Hotel Arena. Hotel Arena is a disco in Amsterdam and the third Friday of every month they organise an 80s party with all the old songs...it's always so much fun. People dancing, singing, the 3 big screens showing the videos of the songs or old TV commercials of those years. It's always a blast! You will see some of the photos of the evening and you can also see a video of Push It from Salt n Pepa and Like a Virgin from Madonna. Something interesting for the non Amsterdammers: Hotel Arena is one of the many old churches that is now a disco. Considering that not that many people go to church anymore, they had to do something useful with those big contructions...discos or concert halls is the perfect use for these old churches, the accoustic is great! If you look close enough at some of the photos you will see a Fresco with Jesus and his disciples...just on top of the DJ. In Peru that would be considered a sacrilege...but hey, this is the Netherlands!

Spring Cleaning

I decided to be productive this weekend by doing some Spring Cleaning. Don't even think that it was in the whole house...it was just in my bedroom. And if you think that I finished...you are well mistaken...oh Lord, do I have a lot of crap!

I have realised that before settling down in Amsterdam the moving around countries and houses was not that bad...it was the perfect opportunity to get rid of useless stuff and to sort out belongings. Well, I've been living on my house for over 3.5 years now...and the amount of stuff I have managed to accumulate is unbelievable.

Ok if you know me very well (and maybe even if you don't know me that well) you know that I'm rather girly and I just LOVE accessories...the amount of jewellery, scarves, hats, gloves, hand bags, make up and such other paraphernalia was rather amazing. And of course lets not talk about the amount of bags full of clothes and shoes that will go to charity...so I entertained myself during the day doing that....and I need another long weekend to finish :-s

I don't have photos of me in the mess this weekend. However I think that you will find rather amusing (or shocking...up to each one of you) some photos that Laurent took of me last year when I was organising my shoes on a day I was rather bored as I had been ill for over 2 months...yes I was shocked! After throwing away about 10 pairs of shoes I was left with 69 pairs...and that was last September...there are some new in the collection ;-)

What can I say: I'm Caterina and I'm a "shoeaholic" ;-)










7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Qué barbaridad de zapatos!!! Lástima que no calzamos igual. Besos, Lore

Lorena said...

Qué barbaridad de zapatos!
Lástima que no calzamos igual.
Besos,
Lore

Gennaro said...

Cate, sei proprio una scarpara!

Anonymous said...

Yep I remember this picture ! and still the room could not handle all the shoes....
When do you open a shoe museum? hihi...
Laurent

Nacho said...

AY AY A DIOS MIO! Caterina... chiquita... tu posting me ha inspirado. Yo tambien he estado en el exterior esta vez por casi 3 1/2 anios y me acoplo a tu comentario referido a la cantidad de CRAP que se acumula. Asi como vos acumulaste zapatos, yo he acumlado camisas, corbatas y gemelos de camsas (cufflinks)

Me estoy mudando a un nuevo departamento en 1 mes y por lo tanto tomare un par de fots para compartir... una vez on line te mando el aviso para que me visites en http://nacho.nomadlife.org

BUEN FINDE!

Nacho said...

AY AY A DIOS MIO! Caterina... chiquita... tu posting me ha inspirado. Yo tambien he estado en el exterior esta vez por casi 3 1/2 anios y me acoplo a tu comentario referido a la cantidad de CRAP que se acumula. Asi como vos acumulaste zapatos, yo he acumlado camisas, corbatas y gemelos de camsas (cufflinks)

Me estoy mudando a un nuevo departamento en 1 mes y por lo tanto tomare un par de fots para compartir... una vez on line te mando el aviso para que me visites en http://nacho.nomadlife.org

BUEN FINDE!

Anonymous said...

Everybody is talking about the shoes, but I'll talk about the party and the Bbq. I had a lot of fun! I thought staying in Amsterdam for the holiday was gonna be nothing too special, but I really had a great time, and mostly in your company! ;)
In two weeks we'll have more to tell.. Valencia, here we go!
Beijos, Aissa