My Books of 2013 – Part 2: Young Adult Fantasy

Read Part 1 for my introduction and new rating system.

This will be the longest list of books as I love reading Young Adult Fantasy books. They are most often fun, fast and very enjoyable reads. The fantasy worlds offer an escape but also a reflection on our world. The difference with normal fantasy books, I find, is the names. They seem much more normal or at least pronounceable.

One thing I’ve noticed in compiling this list is that all YA books seem to be part of a series. For some I really like this because I like the world created and want to learn more about it. For others this feels unnecessary. Some books don’t need a part 2 or 3 or 4 or…

If you like reading YA books I would recommend following Epbot. Jen regularly posts book reviews of YA books.

Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Underland Chronicles #2) – Suzanne Collins

9226959In the months since Gregor first encountered the strange Underland beneath New York City, he’s sworn he won’t ever go back. But when another prophecy, this time about an ominous white rat known as the Bane, calls for Gregor’s help, the Underlanders know the only way they can get his attention is through his little sister, Boots. Now Gregor’s quest reunites him with his bat, Ares, the rebellious princess Luxa, and new allies and sends them through the dangerous and deadly Waterway in search of the Bane. Then Gregor must face the possibility of his greatest loss yet, and make life and death choices that will determine the future of the Underland.

If you enjoyed reading Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy (or you enjoyed the movies) I would highly recommend reading these books. They aren’t quite as violent as the Hunger Games books (no kids fighting each other to the death). Instead Gregor, our hero, needs to rescue the Underworld where he feels more at home than in NYC. He finds friends and foes among the rats, mice, cockroaches and other animals leaving below.

Jan. 21 – Jan. 26

Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods (Underland Chronicles #3) – Suzanne Collins

385706Book Two left off with Gregor reading the Prophecy of Blood: a prophecy that calls for Gregor and Boots to return to the Underland to help ward off a deadly plague. But this time, Gregor’s mother refuses to let him return to the Underland… until the rat Ripred assures the family that Gregor and Boots are just needed for a short meeting, which the crawlers will attend only if their “princess” Boots is present. Gregor’s mom finally relents, on the condition that she go with them. The Underland plague is spreading, and when one of Gregor’s family is stricken, he begins to understand his role in the Prophecy of Blood, and must summon all his power to end the biological warfare that threatens the warmblooded creatures of the Underland.

March 24 – April 3

Gregor and the Marks of Secret (Underland Chronicles #4) – Suzanne Collins

319644It’s only a few months since Gregor and Boots returned from the Underland, leaving their mother behind to heal from the plague. Though Gregor’s family receives frequent updates on her condition, they all know Gregor must return to fulfill his role as the warrior who is key to the Underlanders’ survival. Accompanied by his now-talkative little sister Boots, still considered the honorary “princess,” Gregor joins forces with another princess–12-year-old Luxa–and Ripred the rat to defend the Underlanders and the vulnerable “Nibblers,” or mice, from the rat army.

April 9 – April 16

Gregor and the Code of Claw (Underland Chronicles #5) – Suzanne Collins

537070The stunning conclusion to the riveting Gregor the Overlander series.
Everyone in the Underland has been taking great pains to keep The Prophecy of Time from Gregor. Gregor knows it must say something awful but he never imagined just how awful: It calls for the warrior’s death. Now, with an army of rats approaching, and his mom and sister still in Regalia, Gregor the warrior must gather up his courage to help defend Regalia and get his family home safely. The entire existence of the Underland is in Gregor’s hands, and time is running out. There is a code to be cracked, a mysterious new princess, Gregor’s burgeoning dark side, and a war to end all wars.

May 9 – May 9

Boundless (Unearthly #3) – Cynthia Hand

15697999The past few years held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner ever could have anticipated. Yet through the dizzying high of first love to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she could no longer deny was that she was never meant to have a normal life. Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seemed like the best option, so she’s headed back to California—and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place. As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal. In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must choose her fate once and for all.

I was really looking forward to this third book as I had loved the first two books when I read them last year. As you can tell from the time it took me to finish the book (2 months) I did not enjoy this one at all. Maybe it was the wait between reading the first two books and this one but I was no longer connected to the characters and the story was just meh.

Jan. 27 – March 30

Off to Be the Wizard – Scott Meyer

17713508It’s a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

I don’t remember how or why I came across this book. I found it on my Kindle one day, started reading and fell in love. The premise is great for someone like me who knows a bit about computers and programming (the whole world is one big program saved in one single file that’s editable). It’s also very funny. I definitely recommend this book.

May 3 – May 7

Specials (Uglies #3) – Scott Westerfeld

6479322Tally thought they were a rumor, but now she’s one of them. A Special. A superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid. But maybe being perfectly programmed with strength and focus isn’t better than anything she’s ever known. Tally still has memories of something else. But it’s easy for her to tune that out–until she’s offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she’s programmed to complete. Either way, Tally’s world will never be the same.

I really enjoyed the first 2 books in this series. The premise is quite unique and scary at the same time. Children wait until their 16th birthday to get surgery to make them pretty. This third book wasn’t quite as good as the first two but still enjoyable.

May 17 – May 29

Across The Universe (Across The Universe #1) – Beth Revis

9583408A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder…. Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, 300 years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end 50 years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules. Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next. Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

I enjoyed reading this book but this was a book where I wished there were no sequels. I won’t read any of the others in the series. I liked this book by itself and that is the way it will be.

Aug. 24 – Sept. 2

Fallen (Fallen #1) – Lauren Kate

8145496There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move. Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

Like Across The Universe, this was a book I enjoyed reading yet I have no intention of reading more in the series. I’m also getting a bit annoyed by so many YA books being about angels. It’s starting to feel like some authors are copying other popular books. I’m sure they are not, but publishers are putting these out because that is what’s popular right now. Still, I would like some more originality.

Sept. 25 – Sept. 29

Allegiant (Divergent #3) – Veronica Roth

17406183The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

This is a very popular series (the first movie is coming out in 2014). The series is similar to The Hunger Games, I think. It’s set in a seemingly post-apocalyptic world with teenagers in the lead. This is a good series, but as with so many series, the third one is not as good as the first two books. Still, very well worth a read.

Oct. 25 – Oct. 31

Flora Segunda (Flora Trilogy #1) – Ysabeau S. Wilce

13648197Flora knows better than to take shortcuts in her family home, Crackpot Hall–the house has eleven thousand rooms, and ever since her mother banished the magickal butler, those rooms move around at random. But Flora is late for school, so she takes the unpredictable elevator anyway. “Huge” mistake. Lost in her own house, she stumbles upon the long-banished butler–and into a mind-blowing muddle of intrigue and betrayal that changes her world forever.

These books are set in a wonderfully bizarre world. They are a great read, very fun with a kick-ass and yet very flawed girl in the lead. I loved them.

Nov. 7 – Nov. 12

Flora’s Dare (Flora Trilogy #2) – Ysabeau S. Wilce

15745462Flora Fyrdraaca wants nothing more than to be a ranger, and for that she must master the magickal—and dangerous—language of Gramatica. But before she can find the ideal teacher, her aspirations are put to the test. Would a true ranger be intimidated by a tentacle that reaches for her from the depths of a toilet? Be daunted by her best friend’s transformation into a notorious outlaw, thanks to a pair of sparkly stolen boots? Be cowed by the revelation that only she can rescue the city of Califa from the violent earthquakes that threaten its survival?
            Never. Saving her city and her best friend are the least a Girl of Spirit can do—yet what Flora doesn’t expect are the life-altering revelations she learns about her family and herself.

Nov. 25 – Dec. 11

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (Flavia de Luce #1) – Alan Bradley

6477877Flavia de Luce, 11, is an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison. In the summer of 1950, inexplicable events strike Buckshaw, her decaying mansion home. A dead bird is on the doorstep, a postage stamp on its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man dying in the cucumber patch. His last words must save her father imprisoned for his murder.

This was an enjoyable read about a smart young girl who is trying to solve a murder to clear her father. While I liked the book, this is another one where I will not be reading anymore in the series. I didn’t really like the lead girl enough to read more about her adventures.

Nov. 13 – Nov. 23

Continue with Part 3 – Fiction

My Books of 2013 – Part 1: Fantasy

Like I did for 2012, I once again made a list of all the books I read in 2013. I did not read as much as I did in 2012. There are several reasons for this. I did not have a regular train commute. I love reading on the train and my 2-hour commute between Leuven and Kortrijk was ideal for getting a lot of reading done in 2012. I also did not have a nightlight in Paramaribo. This seems like a small thing but it made a big difference. I like to read before going to sleep. This was near impossible without a nightlight because it gets really dark really quickly (and quite early) in Paramaribo.

I ended up reading 32 books total. I have divided them up in categories that I will post over the next couple of days. I changed my rating system this year. Instead of giving books a star review I will use the length of time it took me to read the book. I finish a normal, 300-page book in about 2 weeks. If I finished it faster it usually means I really enjoyed it. If it took longer it means the book didn’t really grab my attention. There are a couple of exceptions which I will explain when I come to those books.

There is one book that I started this year and didn’t finish, The Dark Portal, Book 1 of The Deptford Mice Trilogy. I just could not identify with the characters or get involved in the story.

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Son of the Shadows (The Sevenwaters Trilogy #2) – Juliet Marillier

Son of the ShadowsSecond of the Sevenwaters trilogy of novels about the last days of heroic Ireland, Son of the Shadows takes up the story of the children of Sorcha, who saved her enchanted brothers, and Hugh, the Briton she married. Sorcha’s daughter Liadan is a gifted seer and healer who thinks, in spite of her visions, that she knows what the future has in store for her–caring for her dying mother and then an alliance marriage to Eamonn. A chance meeting on the road carries her off to care for a dying man–one of the mercenaries of the sinister Painted Man, Eamonn’s archenemy and a killer for hire. Liadan discovers that she cannot choose whom she loves and that she and the Painted Man are as bound up in destiny as her mother and father were before her.

I really enjoy this series. The stories remind me of old English or Irish legends (and with good reason, as they are based on old legends). I will definitely read the next book in the series soon (it’s already on my Kindle).

Jan. 01 – Jan. 14

Dragon Wing (Death Gate Cycle #1) – Margaret Weis

2946045Preeminent storytellers Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman have redefined epic fantasy. Since the publication of their Dragonlance series, millions of readers have enjoyed their imaginative world-building, rich characterization, and intricate storylines. Now these best-selling authors bring their talents to one of the most innovative fantasy creations ever in Dragon Wing, the first volume in The Death Gate Cycle.

This was… enjoyable. I used to love reading fantasy books. Now I find the names to be overly complicated and a little annoying. They take me out of the story because each time I read them I wonder how they are supposed to be pronounced. I did like the story enough to read the next book in the series (see below).

June 04 – June 21

Elven Star (Death Gate Cycle #2) – Margaret Weis

28485On steamy Pryan, never-ending sunlight and plentiful rain have created a jungle so vast that humans and elves dwell high in the trees and only dwarves live anywhere near the ground. From the treetops the aristocratic elves sell weapons to the other races, whose incessant warfare sends a steady steam of profits and essential resources skyward. Now, generations of dissent and race hatred will not heal — not even under the threat of annihilation at the hands of legendary Titans. Armed with little more than their wits and prophecy, an elf, a human, and a dwarf must unite to try to save the world from destruction.

I enjoyed this book less than the first one. It all seemed a bit cliché. I don’t know if I’ll read the rest of the series.

Sep. 09 – Sep. 21

Part 2 – Young Adult Fantasy

London – Pentatonix – Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Last week I went to London for a couple of days to see one of my favorite groups, Pentatonix, perform live. I’ve loved them since they started on The Sing-Off 2 years ago and I was very excited when they announced their European tour in August.

Pentatonix

The concert was amazing. The atmosphere in the crowd was amazing because everyone was so excited to have them in London for the first time. The group was incredible. To feel Avi’s bass reverberate through my body, hear Mitch’s beautiful voice and sing along when Kevin and Avi conducted the crowd in an 800-people choir made it all just an unforgettable evening.

The next evening I went to see The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, a play by the National Theatre based on a book by Mark Haddon. I had read and loved the book in high school, and even wrote a paper based on the book about kids with autism. The play was amazing as well, even from the not very good seat I had. All the actors were on top form (I can’t imagine all the time and research the lead put into portraying a 15-year-old boy with autism), and I loved the use of technology in the set design. The stage would light up in different ways in different scenes, things would appear and disappear. All in all, well worth a watch.

Curious Incident

Apart from those 2 things (that I had tickets for) I walked around a lot. I’ve always loved London and the weather was too gorgeous (clear blue skies) to sit inside much.

St. James's Park

Wandsworth Road Station

Fall leaves

Christmas at St. Pancras

See full set of photos on Flickr

I want to be a part of it…

This post is a little late. Okay, it is a lot late. I went on holiday late June/early July (right between my last presentation at school and my first day of a summer job). I went on a multi-city tour but the main destination was… New York City! I had wanted to go to New York for a long time because
1. I have a couple of friends there I really wanted to see (again)
2. It’s New York City!

But first I went to London.BRU-LDN

I managed to book a cheap(er) flight from London to NYC so I added an extra day in this great city to my trip. James showed me around London a bit. I finally went on the London Eye, had my first taste of Thai food and chilled on the couch watching movies.

Next up, NYC!
LDN-NYC

What I didn’t know before heading to NYC was how much walking I would do. I have an app on my iPhone (Moves) that tracks how much I walk in a day. Those days in NYC were record breakers, easily walking 10km in a day. That first day I just did some walking around Manhattan, taking the subway by myself and making sure I didn’t get too lost. Andrea, the friend I was staying with, had to work during the day so we met up after work to go to an event. The event turned out too busy for our taste though.

The next day I flew to Cincinnati, an almost necessary stop, to see my friends Daniel, Jenny and Jeremy. It is always a given that I will have a great time with these people and this time was no exception. We went to Jungle Jim’s, a huge international grocery store, and had a great time commenting on all the different foods on display. They invited me to guest on the Ramen Noodle again (ep. 151 – Belgian Love Letter). We played offline Words With Friends (or Scrabble as it is also known) at Velocity Bike & Bean while enjoying delicious cups of coffee/chai/whatever Daniel drank.
Playing Scrabble
Photo borrowed from Jeremy who is obviously not pictured, as he was taking the photo. Duh.

All too soon it was time to say goodbye and for me to fly to my next destination…

Orlando!
CVG-MCO

I went to Orlando to spent a day at DisneyWorld with Cliff and Stephanie and their kids Meagan, Matthew and McKenna. The Ravenscrafts have been a part of every trip to the US I’ve taken in the last couple of years for good reason. I was more than happy to fly to Orlando to see them again.
My day at Disney didn’t start too great. My credit card kept getting declined, meaning I was in Orlando with absolutely no money. As you can imagine this was not a fun experience. I am very thankful that Cliff and Stephanie were there to help me out and help me quickly forget this was happening and enjoy my day at Disney.
We went to the Lion King show (amazing) and rode the jungle safari (cool to see this big animals up close).
Lion

We saw the big castle (can you tell I’m not all that educated on the proper Disney terminology?)
Disney castle

We rode the Winnie-the-Pooh ride and a whole bunch of other rides I don’t really remember. At the end of the day Meagan and I went of just the two of us to ride Space Mountain. I really wanted to try this ride as I had chickened out when I went to DisneyLand Paris (when I was 11). The line was quite long when we got there so we decided to get a FastPass and decide later if we would come back. We went to the Haunted House instead, followed by a presentation on the Presidents of the United States and the Electric Light Parade. We came back to Space Mountain a little before it was our time but they let us on anyway. We saw a couple of kids jump the line ahead of us but Meagan got them kicked out 🙂 Space Mountain was fun, but not the best for my already hurting neck and shoulders. After that we went to join the others again and walked to a better spot to see the Electric Light Parade again, this time from start to finish. By now it was close to midnight and time to say goodbye.

The next day it was time to fly back to New York City. And my birthday. Which I spent at the Orlando airport. Somehow that seems fitting.
MCO-LGA

Andrea treated me to a lovely cajun (I think) birthday dinner.

The next day I met up with Fred and Christine for brunch. Imaginary friends no more! It was lovely to finally see these long-time online friends face to face, and one of the reasons I wanted to visit New York.
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Christine, me, Andrea, Fred

Andrea and I went to see a baseball game, a sport that I love. I didn’t care who was playing, I just wanted to see a game. The original plan was to see the NY Jets but they were playing out of town for the week. We ended up seeing the Mets play. Same price, much better seats and an amazing game. You can call me a Mets fan from now on (I even have the hat to prove it). They played the Arizona Diamondbacks in a game that lasted 13 innings (7pm – 1am) with a very exciting last inning.
Mets

I went to visit the Guggenheim. There was some amazing artwork on display, but overall I found it disappointing. The temporary exhibition changed the architecture of the building, obscuring the centre of the building. It was the building that I was most interested in because it is a beautiful building. I was also a little disappointed by how it’s boxed in by the surrounding buildings. I think the building would have looked a lot better if it had some space to breathe.
Guggenheim

We celebrated Andrea’s birthday by eating Chinese food with a couple of her friends. It was storming in NYC that evening and my poor shoes and socks had become completely drenched. So, after dinner we went shoe shopping. On Times Square. At 11pm. A surreal experience to me. When I had new shoes and socks (and dry feet again) we went out for drinks. Twas a fun evening.

The next day was the Fourth of July, America’s Independence Day. This, of course, had to be celebrated. Andrea, Javi (one of Andrea’s friends I had met the night before) and I went to Coney Island to watch the hot dog eating competition. It was one of the grossest, most fascinating things I have ever seen. Joey Chestnut ate 69 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. Those 10 minutes go fast. And afterwards we went and ate our own Nathan’s Hot Dog. Of course.
Nathan's Hot Dogs

After that we joined some other friends for barbecue and drinks. I was introduced to Jungle Juice which doesn’t taste that strong but, man, you feel it fast.
To end the night we saw the famous Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks at the riverside.
Fourth of July

The next day Andrea and I went to the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art). They have free entry every Friday evening so I decided to take advantage of that. As did a lot of other people. It was quite busy but I enjoyed this one more than the Guggenheim. The artist I ended up being most impressed by was Bill Brandt, a British photographer. There was something very special about his nudes. I have recently purchased a book with his work so I can go through it slowly and really study his work.
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A picture is worth a thousand words

After the MoMA Andrea and I also made a quick stop at the Apple Store. We are geeks after all. It is a beautiful building but what I was most amazed at was the customer service. Andrea needed to exchange some earbuds because the sound in one earbud wasn’t on the same level as in the other earbud. The guy helping us out apologized profusely because she had had to exchange a couple of pair already and sent us on our way without ever questioning if we were even justified in our complaint. I wish we had Apple Stores in Belgium. Good customer service keeps people coming back.
Apple Store

On Saturday I was meeting up with Sharon, another friend who lives in the New York area. We met up in Grand Central Station, a beautiful old train station. At first we wanted to eat lunch at Shake Shack in the train station, but that one didn’t open until later so we went to the one in Times Square. I’ll just say this, the food at Shake Shack isn’t worth the experience of fighting for a place to sit. We walked around the Times Square area a bit until Sharon had to leave again.
Sharon, me, Andrea
Photo borrowed from Sharon, who is also in the photo because she took a selfie with Andrea and me

The next week I also explored:
Central Park
Central Park

Rockefeller Center
Rockefeller Center

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

Andrea really wanted to meet Aisha Tyler who was having a book launch while I was in town. Aisha Tyler is the new host of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, a show that I have loved since my first visit to the US back in 2003. Andrea recommended that I try out Aisha’s podcast, Girl On Guy, saying I would probably really enjoy it. I downloaded a couple of episodes and started listening to them on my walks around NYC. I loved them. In the past couple of months I have listened to over 20 of them (keep in mind they are usually 1.5-2 hours long so that’s a lot of Aisha). I went with Andrea to the book signing, bought the book and got to meet Aisha. She was very nice and absolutely hilarious.
Me and Aisha Tyler

On my very last day I decided to try the Book of Mormon lottery. Some Broadway musicals hold a lottery. You show up an hour before the show starts, put your name in a hat and 20 names get pulled out. They get to buy front row tickets for a fraction of the cost of a normal ticket. I had already tried to win tickets to see Wicked, without success. I didn’t win tickets for Book of Mormon either, but the difference with Book of Mormon is that they also sell standing room tickets. I was lucky enough (they only sell 20 of these) to buy one of these tickets. Book of Mormon was worth the 2+ hours of standing up to watch a show. It was one of the funniest shows I have ever seen. I still play the music all the time.

After all of this my trip to New York City was over. I flew back to London.
NYC-LDN

I enlisted James to help keep me awake that day as I didn’t want to sleep before normal bed time in the time zone I was in but was also pretty exhausted. I had barely slept on my flight. We paid a quick visit to Celine who was working in the M&M store on Leicester Square and walked around London a lot.

The next day it was back to Belgium and the true end to my amazing 3-week trip.
LDN-BRU

Thank you to everyone I saw during my trip for making it truly unforgettable.

If you want to see more photos check this set on Flickr.

Brownsberg and Stuwmeer

My last weekend in Suriname I went on one final trip, to Brownsberg.

Brownsberg

The view from the top of Brownsberg

At the bottom of Brownsberg is an enormous lake, the size of the Province of Utrecht in The Netherlands. This lake is man-made. The Dutch government built a big dam, to make electricity from the water.

Guide explaining

Our guide explaining the history of the lake

We hiked down to Leoval, one of the waterfalls on Brownsberg

Leoval

My companions enjoying Leoval

The next day the weather wasn’t as nice, but the view was gorgeous.

Stuwmeer

Stuwmeer

When they created the lake they didn’t have the time/funds to rid the area of trees, so they were all left standing. Now a Chinese company is making millions clearing the lake of high quality wood.

We went fishing as well, for piranhas. Some had proper equipment.

Ginger fishing

Ginger fishing

Others improvised

Anouk fishing

Anouk fishing

A couple of us caught fish.

Koen and piranha

Koen with a piranha

All in all, it was a great weekend, even with the pouring rain at times.

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