Where I’ve been

I haven’t posted anything lately, because I was too busy doing other things… No excuses, just very lazy!

I went to Egypt with my mom and had a great week! To Belgium to visit an old friend who was getting married. To the beach with my cousin and had a sleepover with my friend Isis. I went to the Metropolis Festival in Rotterdam where I got my Cookie Monster airbrush tattoo xD. To a kinda festival in the city Schiedam with my friend and 3 of her 4 adorable kids. I started a new job: Reporter for the local tv channel. My best friend Matthijs got his first apartment so we’ve been working there to make it look good and: I GOT MY VERY FIRST MOTORCYCLE. My life’s been so good this month. I’ll post more about the most important events but for now some pictures of this month. I’m back!

Egypt with my mom

Egypt with my mom

My Honda Rebel

My Honda Rebel

Belgium with Lorenzo

Belgium with Lorenzo

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Metropolis Festival Rotterdam

Metropolis Festival Rotterdam

Hoek van Holland

Hoek van Holland

Beach with Isis

Beach with Isis

My bf's house

Matt’s house

First time as a reporter

First time as a reporter

The Last Supper –Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci

 

When my parents and I arrived at Abbey Tongerlo in Belgium we were asked to join a group to a museum in the abbey. We had no clue what to expect but when we entered the small museum I could hardly believe what I saw: the one and only replica of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper!

The Last Supper was painted in the late 15th century on a wall in a convent in Milan. The mural painting represents Jesus and his disciples having supper. The specific moment Da Vinci chose to paint is when Jesus tells his disciples that one of them will betray him.

Father Ivo told us about the characters on the painting and how we should interpret it. It shows Jesus who tells the disciples on his left side about the betrayal. They are all in shock and wondering who could do something like that. On his right side the disciples are not sure what they’d heard.
You can’t really see Judas’ face, it’s the person wearing green and blue. Jesus said that he would give a piece of bread to the person who was going to betray him. In the painting Jesus is reaching for the same piece of bread as Judas.

I always thought the woman in the painting was Mary Magdalene. According to Father Ivo this isn’t true: Da Vinci’s muse was a woman who he often used as a basis in other paintings. It is not clear why he never tried to change the female face.

The students of Da Vinci probably made this replica because the artist himself didn’t feel like painting it all over again. Studies have shown that Jesus and Judas are painted more beautiful, thus it is believed Da Vinci only painted these two characters.

The replica may be seen as the only official replica in the world, because Leonardo da Vinci painted it in his atelier (even though he probably didn’t paint it all by himself).

It was really cool seeing the painting in real life at such an unexpected location. It’s so big (it used to be larger but they had to cut it off the wall when the abbey once was on fire) and impressive. A good reason to visit the Abbey of Tongerlo!

Abbey Tongerlo

I’m not religious. I think you may call me an atheist. But I’m a curious atheist and willing to experience almost everything! So when my dad and I agreed how cool it would be to stay in a monastery my mom decided to surprise us by taking us to Abbey Tongerlo in Belgium.

I was surprised by the beauty of the abbey, which I’ll show you later this week. Now I just wanna tell about the room…
There are two kinds of guest rooms: Student Rooms and Normal Rooms. My parents stayed in a large Normal Room which was really nice. The furniture was old but well maintained and it looked like rooms you see in old movies. I stayed in a single Normal Room. It was simple but nice: a bed, armchair, table, dressing table, closet and another chair. But it was good. No TV, no radio, no wi-fi. Nothing like my normal life at all. The hallways were very cold but our rooms were warm and cozy.  The gate closed at 10 pm every night. Since it was my dad’s birthday my parents went out for a drink, but I felt sick and stayed in where I read for hours. It was so good to be able to read without texting or checking my mail every now and then.

The rooms are so quiet. No noise at all. During the day you’ll here the church bells but that’s about it. Apparently many students who are living in the area come to the abbey because they can concentrate without being distracted.

I really liked spending time in my room, even though we didn’t come just to sit and relax.

Like I said, I’ll post more about my weekend later, but for now two self portraits that I took while sitting in the windowsill. Sitting there made me feel like I went 100 years back in time.

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