As the title says, so much was going on in the middle of fall quarter. Let’s begin with where I left off in my previous blog. One Friday evening, Lansing Bryan, officially our contact person for students from the Netherlands but really the kindest woman I’ve ever met, took a group of us to an American football game at her son’s high school. It was so much fun, seeing the all of the players on the field, the cheerleaders, marching band. And of course we were trying to figure out the rules of the game. I thought it was really cool.
That same weekend on Saturday I booked a trip to Portland in Oregon. By myself with one of those giant Amtrak trains (they’re pretty big compared to Dutch trains). I always wanted to go and ever since a famous Dutch television show filmed there even more. It was amazing! I have seen so much, like one of world’s biggest bookstores called Powels. But I also walked over the many bridges, ate my way through the Saturday and Famers market, I went shopping, wandered through the rose garden and took a ride in a cable car to enjoy the city from the sky. It was quite the experience doing it all alone. But I had fun.
In the following week, there was going to be a Halloween dance party at the school. Now I just needed something to wear. So me, Tanja and Bram (all Dutch) decided to go to the Outlet Center, which is right next to Wall Mart here in Auburn. But first we had lunch at IHOP. The International house of pancakes. And you guessed right, those pancakes were amazing! Probably really bad for you as well, but it can’t do any harm just this once right?! Afterwards I bought an orange pumpkin faced t-shirt for the dance, which was perfect for me. The dance itself was fun! The Green River dancing studio had prepared a ten-minute-long dance, which was great and a lot of people really wore exceptional costumes.
The morning after the dance I signed up to go to The Nisqually wildlife center. This time not just for fun. Because I was planning on shooting my video-journalism final assignment there as well. It was beautiful! It was very foggy as well which gave me such an incredible feeling. Like we were nowhere. For my video, I interviewed John who guides us on most Green River trips and Christina. An international student ambassador who organized the trip this time. It turned out fine and started editing the whole thing back at home.
On Halloween itself, we had a day off from school. Me, Tanja and a German girl called Amelie decided to go to Seattle. It was a beautiful day with a clear sky (quite odd in rainy Seattle) and we wanted to see the city from its best. We went to the top of the Columbia Center, the highest building in Seattle and to Kerry Park. A free park with a nice view of the city. That evening we wanted to eat somewhere. But we didn’t know how serious Americans were about Halloween, because everything was closed! So we just ate at home instead.
Remember how I wrote that campus life organizes a lot of trips and that I signed up for pretty much everything during fall quarter? At the beginning of November I went along on a hiking trip in the Mima Mounds Area followed by a tour in the capitol building in Olympia. The Washington state capitol. It was very interesting and at some point I felt like I was in the White House or something.
When I had to decide whether I was going to stay for another quarter or not I looked back at everything I had already seen and experienced and everyone I have met so far. I mean one of my roommates in from Japan, the next day you sit in class next to someone from Italy or just from Kent, Washington (which is a city about 30 minutes away from here). I love hearing stories about where people are from and what they do and dream of. Plus, I heard about all of the trips GRC would organize in the snow! So I decided to stay for Winter quarter as well.