月曜日, 9月 23

ミニチュアオランダ:Miniature Holland

Well, I have been churning away at my internship for a month now.  Things are in full swing.  I spend most of my days conducting research and writing memoranda on international humanitarian law.  Some days are more exciting than others, but I really enjoy my job.  I cannot believe that I am already one-third of the way through.


At my office we have an espresso machine made by Nespresso. IT IS AWESOME! I had seen it in Boston near Copley square, but had never gone in.  Keurig machines are rather popular in the US, but aside from the ones made by Starbucks, they taste awful. Actually, I still have not tried the actual Nespresso pods, but even the imitation pods are very good.  By being able to make good coffee at work, I am saving a lot of money.  The only thing missing is the ability to make iced coffee.


Since coming to Holland, everyday I have been getting up, rushing to work, working all day, coming back to "the castle", eating a bit, and then going to sleep.  I really had not had a chance to explore The Hague.  Nonetheless, my British friend just moved to The Netherlands from Sapporo, Japan to begin graduate school, purely by chance.  Last weekend, he came to visit me in The Hague.  We did a lot of walking!  We visited the various government and UN buildings.  We even went to see the Peace Palace.  On top of that, the weather was finally nice.


My friend loves hamburgers, so we went to a burger place.  I ate too much, but it was really good.  The place is called Burgerz, and its tagline is "Pure Funky Burgerz".  I ordered the "Funky Cheese".  It has spinach leaves, red onions, tomato, blue cheese, grilled bacon, and walnut-honey salsa.  It was really good.  The food is pretty expensive at around 13 Euros for a burger, but it includes fries.  If you are ever in The Hague, I recommend you check it out.


The next day, my friend had to return to his university, but before he left, we went to Madurodam.  It is a giant outside park near the beach that houses numerous scale miniatures of The Netherlands.  It was quite impressive and sometimes comical.  The funniest thing would be when real birds would circle or land on the miniatures, making the birds look like a Mothra attack.  I also took the quintessential giant-stomping-on-the-village photo. It was actually a lot of fun!  Afterwards, I went with my friend to the central station to see my friend off.  We finished up with some fries.  I have been trying all of the different sauces since I got here.  They are interesting and will be charted in a later post.


It was good to see my friend after so many years.


月曜日, 9月 2


It has been a very very long time since I have updated this blog.  I thought about giving it up, but in the past month I have moved to The Netherlands and begun working at an international criminal tribunal.  Well, a lot has happened.


Last year, the love of my life and I got married.  She moved from Sapporo to Boston, and on September 7, 2013 we got married.


After that, I began my final year of law school.  It was an excellent yet awful year.  I was on two competition teams, elected Executive Editor of the international journal, and did well in classes.  Despite that, it ended up being a rather petty and sad end to law school.  We escaped things a bit by going snowboarding 21 times this season.


Nonetheless, I made it to the end and graduated in May!  It was great to have all of my family there!


After graduation, I started studying for the bar exam.  It was awful.  My wife's grandfather passed away, so she had to go back to Japan.  Things were even more difficult.  While she was gone, my old roommate and friend stayed in the extra room to help with rent.  We struggled through the bar exam together.  We also ate plenary of barbecue, too.


At the end of July, I went to New York and for 2 days I took the New York bar exam.  On the third day I came back to Boston and took the Massachusetts bar exam.  I was so tired that I thought that I might die.  But, it is over.  Around the end of October I will get my results.  I cannot really think about that.  Afterward, I slept for about 2 days.

About one year ago, my friend got a job in Texas.  At that time, I promised to help with the move after the bar.  Therefore, I rode with my friend from Massachusetts to Texas.  I didn't do any driving at all.


ザリガニ (Crawfish) Étouffée

In mid-August, I came back to Boston.  My wife also came back, but she had some immigration problems.  As a result, she was not able to come with me in The Netherlands.  Things were terrible.  Suddenly, we had to find her a new place to live in Boston.  I planned to leave for The Netherlands at the end of August.  We looked at many apartments, but they kept falling through.  Not until I was in the ticket line at the airport did I get a call informing us that we finally got her an apartment!  Finally, things were looking OK and just in time!


I have arrived in The Netherlands and started my internship.  Once again, I will do my best for my loved ones!


See you next time!