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February is complete. That means that around 16% of the year is also gone. Many things happened this month - I feel like I say this every month though. Let’s take a look at everything that happened, from some trips, to my Dutch language course ending.

πŸ„ Life

In the beginning of the month, I went to FOSDEM with Sebastiaan, where I also ended up meeting Thor. I have already written about surviving FOSDEM. I recommend taking a look at that post if you want to know more about my FOSDEM experience.

Towards the end of the month, my partner and I went together to Vienna, with the night train. It was quite an interesting experience, which I’ve already talked about in the linked post. Both Vienna and Bratislava positively surprised me. I don’t really know what I was expected, but everything looked orderly, clean, and beautiful. The weather was also great β˜€οΈ.

Inception in Vienna
Inception in Vienna

I have also finished the Dutch course that I had started in January. This was an intensive B1- course with lessons two times per week. Everything went great I would say, and I’m excited to start the next one, next month. This time, however, I’m choosing a slightly better time slot: instead of having classes in the middle of the day, I’ll have them in the morning.

πŸ’ͺ Health

Not much to say here, despite the fact that I am keeping going to the gym three times a week. I only did not honour this in the week I went to FOSDEM - went two times to the gym -, and the week I went to Vienna - went 1 time.

During our trip to Vienna, and Bratislava, we walked quite a lot. On a certain day, we walked over 17 km. Considering my Achilles injury that took a very long time to heal, I am happy I did not have more complaints. On the other hand, I’ve felt a few - very few - “sensations” that I hoped I didn’t. I hope resting on the next days is enough.

πŸ“š Reading

On the book department, I concluded reading the Dutch version of Harry Potter en de Geheime Kamer. I have not, however, begun with the third book. I hope I will start it next month.

In the meanwhile, I also started reading an easier adaption of Het diner, a quite famous Dutch book. This book was gifted to nme by Sebastiaan a few years ago for my birthday. I want to start reading a bit more original literature, so I decided to read this before adventuring into something else.

🍿 Entertainment

This month had a bit more live performances than usual, which means it had two. I went to a comedy show by Derek Mitchell, which some people may know as Let’s Double Dutch. In addition, I went to a classical concert in a church in Vienna.

The movie, or cinema, department has also grown this month. We got a Cinevillepas, which allows us to go to unlimited times to the cinema in certain, mostly independent, cinemas. I want to especially recommend Poor Things and The Boy and the Heron.

When it comes to shows, we watched the first season of Percy Jackson, De geheimen van Barslet, and also the new season of the live action adaption of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I’ve heard that some people didn’t like it that much. I, personally, found it way better than I expected.

Happy March!