My First American Road Trip, Days 1 & 2: Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio

We’d been knowing for quite a while that Sarah would have to be in Europe for work for over a week during June. This would present the perfect opportunity for me to take the car out for a drive, and go on my very first American road trip. This was the plan:

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), the Hatari! (1963) of the 1990s

As a child I was crazy about dinosaurs. It turns out that much of that craziness is somehow related to Steven Spielberg. It all started with Littlefoot, a little Apatosaurus. He starred in an extensive series of cartoons. The most notable, scary, heartbreaking, and profitable one is the first, The Land Before Time, in which Littlefoot finds his way to the Green Valley through a lot of hardships, mostly caused by a cruel, big Tyrannosaurus. I remember watching it dozens of times, Littlefoot fighting with Herbie for my attention, and I am not shy to admit that I watched it once more quite recently.

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Two tyrannosaurs, both from the creative hands of Steven Spielberg. At the left, Sharptooth, from the Land Before Time, and at the right the pride of Jurassic Park, breaking out of its enclosure.

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Some Cheap and Less Cheap Books

In the upcoming days and weeks I will apply for a job at some of the major strategy consultants. To do so, I have to pass some case interviews. To ace them, you need practice – a lot of practice. I ordered one of the (self-proclaimed) case interview bibles: Case in Point, written by Marc P. Cosentino. I had to pay about 25 euro for it, and a signifcant amount of shipping costs.

Today I received it. This book is supposed to give me more confidence. But then, I looked at the cover (see picture below).

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Left: the book. Right: a close up of an interesting part of the cover.

So, apparently, proofreading the cover was too much to ask. And I paid (way) over 25 euro for this book. Continue reading

Reminiscing and Buying Books at Tilburg University

Today I hung around at the Tilburg University campus, since I had planned to meet three professors for my graduation research. The professors were not available, or at least not immediately, so I wandered around a bit on the lovely campus, situated on the western outskirts of Tilburg. The campus is almost part of the adjacent park the “Oude Warande“, which was designed already in 1712. I enjoyed the natural surroundings with its last autumnal shades, almost letting the bright sunshine and cloudless sky fool me to believe that winter is not on our doorstep. Continue reading