Let's Do This

Let's Do This

Welcome back everyone! 

I took a hiatus last week, as I was the first on duty on our new blog segment #IamJuilliard, which will feature randomly selected and interviewed people from all three divisions of the school each week. I really hope you will enjoy getting to know people from this wonderful community a little closer! (Look here!) 

To quickly sum up what happened in the past few weeks: right before Christmas I flew to Amsterdam and spent an amazing 24 hours in the city. I ate so much great cheese (I mean how could you not when parlors offer amazing “artisanal” cheese sandwiches on freshly baked breads with organic veggies for a couple of euros…) that by the time I got in the car to drive to Groningen, I thought I could never eat more in my life. Then came Christmas dinner…

One of my favorite pictures form the trip: Amsterdam at night. 

One of my favorite pictures form the trip: Amsterdam at night. 

This was the first time in over two years that my entire family of five reunited. My stepfather has been working in The Netherlands for a few years now and we decided to all fly there for the holidays. We were away from friends and pretty much everything we know and ended up having our best Christmas yet, just the five of us. Groningen is a stunningly beautiful city dating back 1040, nearly a 1000 years old! My parents waited until after the holidays to tell us that over the summer the entire family will be relocating to the area, which is very exciting news! 

The old city of Groningen on Christmas Day. 

The old city of Groningen on Christmas Day. 

Here is a silly video of how we made a fool of ourselves in the city on Christmas Day:

After Holland, I returned to Hungary to meet my friends and get my instrument overhauled. I could only spend a very short time there and I was very nervous because of the repairs (this was the first time we were apart for more than a day in 8 years!) but reuniting with my childhood neighbors who are still some of my closest friends was an absolute delight! My mom moved into a newly developed apartment complex when I was two along with similarly young families and as they were all working long hours, the kids spent every free hour together for years. We decided to celebrate the NYE together just like the old times, and indeed we had a fantastic time - just like the old times! 

NYE in Debrecen, Hungary

NYE in Debrecen, Hungary

What’s next? This is my last semester of school and the openness of the very near future is both scary and exciting at the same time. I am sure many of you feel similarly getting ready to move on to college or graduate school, so I will try to summarize my way of dealing with the overwhelming emotions of this whole process next week. Stay tuned! 

Yours, 

d a n 

Ben

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