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AIDS Conference, a great experience

Well yesterday instead of spending the day writing, I spent the day at a National AIDS Conference.

I attended many interesting workshops. I met the Queen of The Netherlands, I had a conversation with her and she was very interested in the fact that I am an American, which was cool. I also met the former First Lady of Georgia (Sandra Elisabeth Roelofs) and heard Princess Mabel van Oranje-Nassau, Bert Koenders, minister of Development Cooperation and Jet Bussemaker, State Secretary of Health, Welfare and Sport , talk. It made me amazed on how important political people talk and show support on causes and make promises that they are actually keeping. For example the minister of Development Cooperation say next year there will be big increase for AIDS services and it is actually going to happen based on a few people I talked to. We would never see this in the states, political figures really getting involved in issues, like they are here..

I also met a very very cute boy at the conference. At the end of the conference there was a reception/party type thing, booze music and food lol... And I sparked up a conversation with a very cute PHD student who works for the GGD (which is like the Dept of Health in the states). He was sad that I told him I am leaving Amsterdam in a week, but he still wants to hang out and talk more before I head back to the US.... I told him I like someone at the moment (in the states), not with him but I like him and I don't want to lead anyone on... so yeah, we are hanging out for coffee soon.. I gave him my e-mail address.

I can't believe it, I am leaving in 7 days, on Saturday for Madrid and Paris..... The months went by very very fast and I am starting to feel Dutch, there is so many Dutch things I want to do still....... And I have this week to do it...
I ended up not going to Brussels since I had 4 hours of sleep the night before that, spent all day at the conference and had little time to write.... I kept bumping into my advisor at the conference and he kept asking me "so your not writing at the moment" everytime I bump into him... which was funny. He was joking and he encouraged me to go to the conference and stuff.

Also I am sad, this is the first UConn World AIDS Day I missed...



May 2010



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