December 9, 2012

Oooh, letters!

This week's outgoing letters:

For Polona in Slovenia

For Willemijn in the Netherlands and Andy in Belgium

For Tina in Germany

For Willemijn in the Netherlands

For Giulianna in United States, via sendsomething.net

For Kat in Germany

Sorry for the bad quality of the photos, seems like my Nikon camera recently died :(

December 5, 2012

Sinterklaas

One of the letters I recieved on Monday, was with a little gift from Willemijn. In the Netherlands and Belgium they have a tradition with recieving gifts from Sinterklaas on 5th of December. So since I recieved my gift just two days before the tradition, I waited and opened it today :)

Some cards showing the Sinterklaas tradition, my letter and my gift :)


Yey, my letter in chocolate! :D

It was a bit broken after having travelled from the Netherlands, but still tasted heavenly ;)

Yesterday I was in Bergen and I bought a gift for Willemijn as well ;)

The Sinterklaas tradition goes like this:

"Every year Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (his helper) come all the way from Spain to the Netherlands (and Belgium) by steamboat. This boat is filled with presents, pepernoten and letters made of chocolate. All year long Zwarte Piet has been spying through windows and chimneys to see wether you've been brave or not. Everything he sees, he'll tell to Sinterklaas who'll write it down in his big book. When you've been naughty a lot, you'll have to come to Spain to learn how to behave. When you've been brave, you'll recieve presents. 

Part of this tradition is "schoentje zetten" - putting your shoe near the fireplace or the window and sing a song for Sinterklaas. You've got to do this right before you'll go to sleep. Then, at night, Sinterklaas rides his horse  over all roofs while Swarte Piet climbs down the chimney to fill up your shoe with presents and pepernoten (this is why he got his black colour). And then, at 5th of December, when it's getting dark and everyone is sitting together you might hear some noise. That's Swarte Piet who's bringing a sack full of presents."

(From Willemijn's letter, I hope it's okay I copied it to my blog)

Sounds like a very nice tradition, don't you think?

December 3, 2012

Exam Monday

I had my second exam today for this semester, and I am sure that I have done my worst exam in all of my school history! The tasks were confusing and difficult, and after I read them, I just wanted to go back to bed... But I did my best, but as it seemed when I got home and checked my notes, I missed the point in some of the tasks. So I am very prepared to fail on this exam! My first failed exam ever...

Well, you could say that I was very happy to see these two beauties in my green mailbox then! (I put a picture of my old red postbox in the Postcrossing Facebookpage, and I was convinced that my current mailbox was red as well... So much for paying attention to colors, haha!) I cheered up a lot, and I went right home to read them in bed :) 

From Willemijn in the Netherlands, and Kat in Germany, thanks alot girls! :)
(And my home made mittens that my grandma has knitted for me, my favourites. It is really cold here these days)