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Published: January 25th 2007
Seth, Ross. Chilling at the Pre-Drink.
The ESN Introduction ran for three days and did a great job of introducing us to the city. The first day started with an afternoon of meeting people followed by our pre-drink and then our first borrel. The participants included students studying at the HES (my school) and other HvA divisions as well (like social work and others). We were split up into groups and given two coaches. My group's coaches Michele and Linda came over for the pre-drink along with some of the people from our group. We played Yee-Ha and a couple of other little drinking games. Then once everyone was a little tipsy we left for the borrel. A borrel is sort of a Dutch way of networking. It’s when people gather, drink and talk. We got Dutch flags painted on our faces and had tons of fun eating cheese!
The second day started with a guided tour of the city. It was really interesting and put the beautiful city of Amsterdam into a historical context. The tour concluded with a Dutch pancake lunch. DELICIOUS! The funniest story of the tour had to do with Louis, Napoleon’s brother. When Napoleon conquered Holland, he sent his brother to
Michele, Linda. Chilling at the Pre-Drink. I like tomatoes.
rule Amsterdam. When Louis gave his opening speech he pronounced a word wrong and ended up saying "rabbit". After that the citizens of Amsterdam made fun of him for this reason. When it came time for the citizens to officially register for the first time, many of them made up last names as jokes to poke fun at Louis. This is why some people's last names to this day mean, "smelly butt", "ugly horse" and a couple of others.
That night was the beercantus. It consisted of Karaoke and all you can drink beer. Obviously a combination like that guarantees a good night and it was! All the Canadians got up and sang Bon Jovi, then we signed Chelsea up to do a solo performance. She was very surprised and embarrassed but we all got up there with her so she agreed to do it after little convincing. The night continued with more drinking and singing, it was glorious.
The last day of the introduction was a sports day. It started with a "laughing workshop". I was bored out of my mind and couldn't wait for it to end. I will give the guy some credit for trying to come
Mike, Phil, Dan, Seth, Julia, Allison, Vanessa, Tamara, Chelsea, Ross. The Borrel.
up with something original but in my opinion the workshop was a failure. After that I got to play some basketball, well more like scraps. Once the exercise ended, the biggest surprise of the day came. It was a sandwich, more like a fixture in every Dutch household. This sandwich consists of a roll, cut in half; butter spread on one side (some on both) then chocolate sprinkles on top, the bread is then closed and eaten. I tried it, its obvious, bread + butter + chocolate=delicious!
That night was the final party, and a party is was! CRAZINESS!
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