Archive for June, 2006

On holidays

Hello everyone,

Just a short message to say that I will be away for 2 weeks! I’m leaving for Switzerland tonight, where I will travel around by train and do lots of hiking. And of course I will visit Celia (and Gert-Jan) for a few days!!

The last week has been very busy, since I had to move out of my house as well. After my holidays I will move in to the new house. My supervisor planned a meeting on the Monday straight after I come back, so I guess I will be working that Sunday… So I will have a crazy weekend after I come back, but that’s ok. I won’t worry about that now!

I’m sorry I didn’t have time to update my blog, I have lots of nice photos to share, but not enough time to put them on here :)

Anyway, hope you all have a good time and I will be back on the 8th of July!



Some random photos of last month


Here are some random photos of me and my friends taken during the last weeks…

My brother asked me to take some photos of the lunch boxes, I did this outside on a very nice day early May, and also took some other photos…


Patama and me on the field around the lake on campus.

campus campus

Nicole & Patama

On the 11th of May we had a symposium dinner at the University, in the new Sainsbury garden restaurant. There were mostly researchers there, but there were also quite a lot of PhD students. We had to dress ‘smart casual’, it was a fun evening!

symposium dinner symposium dinner

Patama drinking wine before the start of the dinner, and Paul & me during the dinner

symposium dinner symposium dinner

Aga & Tanja, Luke & me, on this last photo you can see the nice glass wall of the restaurant

symposium dinner

Nicole & the rest of our table (Tanja, Richard & Tim)

The next day we had a dinner at my place. We were making pasta salad, and just when we were done cutting all the vegetables and ready to mix everything, Nicole accidentely tipped over a full bowl, and by trying to rescue it, got the second bowl all over herself. It was quite funny!! Unfortunately ALL our food was now on the floor and we didn’t have time to start over. So… we gathered everything from the floor, washed it and ate it… hehe!

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Gathering & washing the food

dinner dinner

And finally ready to eat it!! We are all still alive by the way :)

On the 14th of May I went to the last day of the Norwich & Norfolk Festival. There was a big street festival, lots of fun! There was also a treasure hunt, in which you had to find oranges by solving clues. With Veronika we only found half of the oranges, but we still found the “square of love” where we got a jam tart, a gold nugget and we could make a wish and eat a paper heart so that “the wish will be part of you and has room to grow”. I did the same thing with Johannes, but he was able to find all the oranges!!

street festival street festival

Music made on rubbish.. and Johannes making his wish :)

Later that day we celebrated Veronica’s birthday, we played Uno in the park.

playing uno

Johannes, Veronika, Veronica & Andrew

On the 19th of May we had dinner at Aga’s place before going to a Scottish concert in the city center.

dinner dinner


The last one is taken by Johannes – looks like its taken from the ceiling!!

concert concert


At the concert, we went outside in the break

That’s all! Have a good weekend :)


Balloon Launch

In the field close to my house, they launch balloons early in the morning and in the evening. A while ago, I saw they were preparing to launch one, and I happened to have my camera with me. So I decided to watch the launch and take some photos… while wishing I could go up as well! One day… :)

Balloon Launch Balloon Launch

Balloon Launch Balloon Launch

Balloon Launch Balloon Launch Balloon Launch

I really enjoyed watching how they launch the balloon! I saw the same balloon yesterday night, right over my house :)

Summer in Norwich


I have a huge amount of photos that I was planning to put on my blog, so today I am going to try to make a selection and put them online, in several blogs or it will become one HUGE blog ;)

But first of all I want to share some good news with you: it is now sure that I will be going to Antarctica next year!! The research cruise will be from February 1-12, but we might spend a week in Rothera (Antarctic base) before boarding the ship, and we will stay for a couple of days on the Falkland Islands before coming back. Patama is going as well, and we decided to leave earlier and spend some weeks in South America. For now the plan is: the Inca Trail in Peru, Lake Titicaca in Peru and then Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. This plan might change, but it’s all very exciting!! I am planning to buy a trekkers tent soon, so that we can train this Summer. We have both never did any backpacking with camping gear… so we better get some experience before going!

My sister and her boyfriend were here for a couple of days. They took perfect weather with them, summer in Norwich! Good, because they were camping in my backyard!! It was really nice, we had dinner in the garden every day and we made some nice trips. On Saturday I showed them Norwich ‘downtown’, we mostly bought summer clothes for me hehe. On Sunday we went to Cromer by car. We walked on the beach for a while, and at some point I heard someone calling my name, it was Patama! That was funny :) We followed the coast for a while, until it started to rain a bit and my sister was falling asleep in the back of the car. So we went to Fakenham, had a really nice lunch there and drove back to Norwich. Such a nice day!

Laura & Robbert Laura & Robbert

Camping in the backyard!

Laura & Robbert Laura & Robbert

Laura & Robbert Laura & Robbert

Laura & Robbert in Cromer on the beach, and on the pier.

I had to go back to work on Monday, but they went to London for the day. On Tuesday they saw the campus and went biking in Norwich. Unfortunately they missed the boat when going back on Wednesday and had to wait a whole day!! I don’t know what it is with my sister, last year after visiting me in Toulouse she missed a plane and had to stay overnight in London…

That’s all for now, I will put more photos online later today. The weather has been really sunny for a week now and I am really enjoying it :)