oh yeah, blogging

It has been a while since I uploaded my last blogpost.

So I am going to dedicate this blog to the prison I went to.

The prison I saw was close to Leicester. The prison harbors (for some reason this American site didn’t want me to write harbor with the u in it. I can’t stand this little red line beneath my word so this is the way I’ll write it) livers. So people that have gotten a life sentence, mainly for murder.

We were shown around and everything look really neat and quite fun as well. Until you see the cells of about a square meter that they have to be in from 6 pm till 8 am.

We also got to talk to some of the prisoners, which was the real interesting part. I spoke to 2 guys of around my age, which was scary. Imagining yourself in prison isn’t a nice thought, even though they have their own fun little football league.

What intrigued me the most was how normal they were. In the media you always hear of these cold hearted criminals who live in prison gangs. This wasn’t the image we got from them however. ¬†One of them was very open about this crime to me and told me he just snapped because of something that was reasonable to be angry over. (still not okay to murder for, don’t worry).

This, in combination with the law system in the UK made it rather scary. The stories we’ve heard and the sentencing especially are really bad. Joint enterprise is a really easy was of getting yourself in prison. If your friend kills someone the same night you went out with him, you can go to prison for a very long time, even if you were asleep during the time of murder. If you could have seen it coming then you are just as guilty, according to the Brits. (This use to be the case until a few weeks ago since a judge ruled this law misinterpreted for a long time).

It was an exhausting, but great day.


Week 1

After a nice first time flying experience for me, Relinde and I landed at Luton airport. We took the bus to Northampton were Pim and Matthijs were waiting for us to show us the way to the student accomodation.

Our rooms look fantastic and everything is quite clean and organized. We didn’t have a lot of time to settle, since we arrived on a sunday afternoon, but had to be at the university the morning after.

At 11.00 we were welcomed and at 13.00 we attended out first lesson, it was about plurality.

Next week we will probably hear where we will be put for our placement period, I would very much like to go to a primary school.

Up until now, everything has been great! My next blogpost will probably be next week.