Saturday, November 22, 2014

How Everything is Going Lately ~

Lately my schoolwork is taking a lot of my time, I still try to be free as much as possible but all those tasks and tests are just taking so much time. Othe 2nd of December I have already the first exams of this school year and it won't be easy...

But not everything is going so bad recently. I haven't had a decent camera since September but that's also going to change! I really wanted to have the same camera, a Fujifilm XF1, but they didn't sold it no more so I was looking for a camera with the same kind of batteries but these days technology changes so fast that they even didn't had such kind of camera. So hurray for all the second-hand websites! The only thing about this one is that it will be black instead of brown but that's not a problem for me. 
The camera arrived on Thursday, I was very happy about that and I also got my laptop back! And luckily that man was still able to save all my photos, documents and music. So I got everything back just a week before my exams start, not the greatest combination but I'm happy... 

During all those exams I will also be in Bastogne, I had to be there this year and my M43 outfit is complet so nothing is going to stop me now!

Photo from last year.
Hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembering ~

100 years ago soldiers from everywhere were all fighting along the westernfront in Belgium and France. 96 years ago, on the 11th of November, 4 years after the begin of a horrible war the guns finally remained silent. During those 4 years +/- 20 000 000 people died and that are 20 000 000 we may never forget. We need to remember them every day but especially today. So don't forget to wear your poppy these days...
Yesterday I was wearing my cowgirl dress from I Love Vintage again and I had to wear my poppy with it.

This weekend there was project in Langemarck for students from Wales, Germany and Belgium, it was all about the 'Langemarck Myth'. With 4 other students from my school we were part of a group of more than 100 students.
That weekend started on Friday afternoon and when everybody was there we could start with talking to everyone and making new friends. Something we had to do that weekend was going to the Menin Gate for the Last Post. I'm only living 50km from Ypres and never before I had attended the Last Post so I was really looking forward to it. When we came back they gave us a explanation about the 'Langemarck Myth'. And that wasn't the end of Friday, no. The whole we were able to watch some movies and in all the movies propaganda for war and power was the subject. That night we also had to make 600 little statues for the project Coming World Remember Me. In 2018, 600 000 of those statues need to be ready for a land art installation in Ypres.
It was a really nice night but I havn't slept and we made a walk in the morning, starting at 5am. I never thought a walk could be so exhausting... It was a beautiful walk through the fields in the dark but sometimes I just fell asleep while I was walking, incredible!
On Saterday there were a lot of workshops and I chose for the graffiti at the German cemetery in Langemarck and for a debat about propaganda. I
n the afternoon we visited the In Flanders Fields museum. I had already visited the museum once but some years ago they changed it so it was again something very interesting. We did a lot of other things but I was so happy when I finally saw a bed where I could sleep!
The Welsh people left earlier than we that morning so we couldn't really say goodbye but we still could have a breakfast with the other students. And after a great weekend with some amazing people we had to go back home again...
So thank you for everyone who made this weekend so amazing and wonderful!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Perfect Place for Shopping ~

The militaria fair in Ciney is the biggest fair for militaria stuff in Europe so it's actually the place to be. Even the entrance fee is €15 at the moment and that's quite a lot, there are still so many people and exhibitors, incredible! But all this doesn't mean their prices are always very good... If you want to find something interesting for a good price it's a real quest. At first I didn't found anything interesting but I had to find the M43 trousers for Bastogne but all the ones I saw were so expensive. Luckily Nikita had one which was to small for her and the price was so good! So thank you Kristof and Nikita!
That day I walked a lot of miles and not only to see the fair but also to meet friends. The second main reason to go to Ciney is to see a lot of friends again, that day I spoke Dutch, French and English (no, German is still nothing for me).
Eventually I returned home with a victory insignia scarf, so a addition to my little collection of sweetheart jewelery and also a WAC song book from 1944. It wasn't cheap but I knew I was going to regret it if I didn't bought it, so I had to buy it.
And for all those who think I'm going to start singing now, here's the answer: no!

The scarf was still in the original box.