As some of you know, I finished and handed in my thesis last Friday! Halfway through I never thought I was going to finish, but I managed and am, honestly, quite proud. Just the thought of failing to complete it haunted me for many weeks and I would wake up at night stressing about some source or other.
Needless to say, the day I handed it in was cause for celebration! I weight had been lifted off of me and I felt like dancing and yelling "FREEDOM"!!!. Me and my besties thus headed to our local favourite, the sake bar which I have described numerous times before.
My thesis will be published in the near future, although I don't know where (my uni has been very unclear about this). Doing research and writing it was one of the conditions for receiving this scholarship, so I should probably check with the JP gov about the publication. Meanwhile, I'll hold on to my own version as well ;) .
After numerous days of going to the bank, city hall, etc to finish all the administrative festivities that come with returning to one's home country, I went to lunch with a recent Japanese friend. By the way, getting 'in' the Japanese administration is exremely difficult, but getting 'out' is as easy as pie. (unless you really suck at baking, that is. But I digress.) We went to a place called "drink drank" today, which does fantastic smooties and great salads and galettes. My friend had called beforehand if they had something vegan-friendly, and amazingly enough they were willing to make me a vegan salad from scratch. It was kind of a thrown together weird one (which is common when meat eaters are faced with veganism), but very nutritious and very much appreciated. I had the best time and I hope she'll come to the Netherlands soon! (did I mention she can speak Dutch as well since she studied in Belgium?! amazing!)
Lastly, I also got a haircut. Y'all have to wait until I'm back to see it, but the experience itself was really fun. I went to my usual hairdressers with Catherine and they were so delighted to have their favourite European aliens in their salon again.
Anyway, now you're up to date again with what I'm doing here!
I hope you're all having a good week, and until soon,