St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

Finally, it's St. Patrick's Day! I have been looking forwards to St. Patrick's Day ever since I've been here. St. Patrick's day isn't really big in Belgium and I have been waiting to see how it is celebrated in the U.S. In Belgium, St Patrick's is mainly celebrated by Irish expats and a few other people, who simply use it as an excuse to go on an Irish pub-crawl and to get really drunk.

 

You can imagine my disappointment when I found out that St. Patrick's Day coincided with the midterm for my academic course. Instead of going out and enjoying the festivities (I missed the parade), I got to stay inside the entire weekend and complete my midterm (yay!). Now, don't think that I didn't do anything at all. On Saturday evening my friends and I had dinner in the Irish pub downtown and afterwards we went to one of the parties in our building. So, in a way, staying in can be fun.

 

On Sunday, it was time to get serious again. I was only halfway through my midterm and I still had to write a book review on the book we had to read for our class. But by 6pm that evening I had had it with the books for a while and decided to join some of the other interns on the 'Skate into Summer' event that was hosted by one of our RAs. The event was supposed to be a celebration of the end of this very long winter, but right before we left it started snowing again. It was sort of ironic. Here we were ready to enjoy some end of winter fun and winter decided to remind us that it was still here and not planning on going anywhere. Only four of us went, but I had a great time. I had gone skating before, but I had never actually skated in the snow. I feel that snow (even though I'm sick and tired of it right now) has some magic to it. For a while it makes everything seem so peaceful and beautiful. I don't think I'll forget this outing soon. The rink isn't very big and the moment we arrived there was a little kid's birthday party going on, which meant that a bunch of kids were skating around the rink very elated and high on sugar from the birthday cake. I had a few close encounters with some of them, but I managed not to fall on my face. I think the best moment was when my friend Alicia decided to get one of those little penguins - the ones they always have at skating rinks to help little kids skate - and skated a lap around the rink with it. It was pretty hilarious.

 

Skating in the snow

Skating in the snow (apparently Alicia wasn't the

only grown-up skating around with a penguin)

 

It was fun while it lasted, but after an hour and half out on the ice, it was time to hit the books again and, as the diligent student that I am (cough), I went down to the clubroom and worked on my midterm until late that night (okay, I did spend some time watching the news to see if we would have a snow day the next day and talking to my friends who came down to watch something in the theatre room).

 

So, that was it for this week. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

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