I had been in here for about 2 months when the first time I met Indonesian (residents and students) in Utrecht. It was all because I did not find any perfect reason for it. As my colleague students from IMPoME (International Master Program on Mathematics Education) had just arrived then Indonesian Students Club (PerhimpunanPelajar Indonesia/PPI) conducted a welcome party to them on Saturday, February 2nd, 2014. As a new comer I was invited too through a social media, facebook.
That party was held in SGB (StichtingGenerasiBaru) building. It is a multi-function building belong to Indonesia community in Utrecht. It is used for multi purposes such as Jumat pray, Eid pray, community events, etc. Aside 10 IMPoME students, there were one new PhD student, PPI committee, and Indonesians.
Ceremony was started by the introduction of our all. Felis as a secretary of PPI continued the party with presenting a topic how to live in Netherlands. She shared many informations such as important local grocery, Asian and halal store, etc. She also mentioned how to travel in and around Netherlands. It was a useful information.
After having late lunch (or early dinner?) and Ashr pray, we continued with a presentation from the chairlady of PPI Utrecht, Neshya. She mentioned about PPI, the history, its activities and organizational structure.
Followed by about 19 persons, the recent activity organized by PPI was visiting a small village in Amsterdam called Zaanse Schans. From Utrecht, we took train to Amsterdam Central (about 30 minutes), then caught another train to the nearest train station Koog-Zaandijk (about 15 minutes), then we continued by walk about 20 minutes to our final destination.Zaanse Schans is one of the popular tourist destinations in the Netherlands. We can find windmills, crafts (including wooden shoes, jewelry), cheese, museum such as museum of 1st Albert Heijn’s supermarket. They even demonstrated how to make a wooden shoe. It took only about 10 minutes. At the ancient age, It takes about 3 hours. Technology involvement.
Rain and gale accompanied us while we were there. It was more than enough to make us wet. But those did not stop us for the next journey.
We were back to Amsterdam. Some of us decided to be back directly to Utrecht, while others continued to visit Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. By taking metro, we went to the location through Metro station Zuid, Amsterdam. It was about another 15 minutes from Amsterdam central continued by walking about 5 minutes to the hall.
Yes, we can see the rubbles of that cruise. However, the number of replica of the cruise is more than the original artifact. I was quite disappointed. The most disappointing was we cannot take pictures inside the exhibition center.
Weariness and twilight bring us back to Utrecht and reality.
I am waiting for the next events organized by PPI. Salute!!