March 26th - Model UN Blog
The Netherlands! Three words: tulips, ducks, and orange!
Navdeep Sokhey '11
So this is my first blog all trip and will probably be my last. I suppose it's quite difficult to write when you've brought the wrong electricity converter and can't charge your laptop (make sure it has three holes for your laptop plug!). But other than that, my time here has been simply Amazing (yes, with a capital "A").
Committee sessions have been great. The debates are challenging but great at the same time. You're left with the amount of knowledge that you found out through research prior to the conference, and the rest is up to your imagination. Coming up with ideas to draft resolutions truly forces you to think outside the box and use the resources you have to come up with the best possible solution.
But aside from committee sessions, I've run into people from my country of origin, Thailand, I've gotten to practice my Italian with delegates from Italy, and I've met countless wonderful people from all over the world. There is so much diversity in one place; it's just simply amazing. An experience like this makes me realize that this is what World Model UN is truly all about.
Justin Kollinger '10
Another day, even less sleep. This morning involved a similar schedule as yesterday morning, except this time I was actually able to get up on time and get breakfast early. I went to the committee session early to see what details have changed; after talks with Czech Republic, France, and Marshall Islands, Israel continued to support what would become Draft Resolution 1.3. The other draft resolutions, 1.1, 1.2, and 1.4, curiously merged to provide a united front of competition. Discussions became heated as India claimed Kashmir, which granted Pakistan a right of reply, or a response to an insult. Syria and Iran similarly attacked me as Israel, which of course called for a counter insult. The committee session ended at noon with continued debate about draft resolutions 1.3 and 1.5.
Tonight's social event was a trip to Amsterdam. The bus ride sat me next to two more Germans (Katie and Lena) and we talked about European political party systems and American political party systems. Germans are very impressed when an American knows the different political parties in their country and their politics. Once in Amsterdam, we rode a canal ferry through the city with some Americans from Loredo, TX and another group of Germans, this time from Dusseldorf. Patrick and I hung out with them for the rest of the evening, including a trip to the Van Gogh Museum. Now I am back in The Hague packing; tomorrow's busy schedule will not allow me to pack before it is time to leave very early Saturday morning.
Cathrine Toner '11
The major theme of our committee the pasts two days has been merging. With 13 working papers on the floor (usually there are 4 or 5 working papers) we were tested in skills of compromise and negotiation. Tomorrow is out last day, so hopefully we will be able to pass a resolution. After all of our hard work, I made sure to have a comprehensive photo session, to remember all my new friends. As World MUN is coming to an end, I realize how tough it will be to say good bye to the people from all over the world. This experience seems so fleeting, and although I look forward to tomorrow, I am sad to know this week is almost over.
Today we went to Amsterdam after our morning session. Only an hour away, Amsterdam was an amazing outing and a simply incredible place. Although it is renowned for it's tolerant policies, there is an unbelievable amount of history with gorgeous architecture and inspiring museums. We danced the night away at Melkwe (Milky Way), which was referred to as "the club of Amsterdam." It's been a long day, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
Katie McDaniel '09
Ok, I'm going to just say it. I don't want to leave. Can't I stay? I feel like that should be an option, because today was basically amazing. Look it up in the dictionary and you will find "March 26, 2009 for WorldMUNers" right next to it.
Today involved one committee session and a trip to Amsterdam. While in committee, I came very close to being purge...well, not very close, but after having spent most of the week developing plots to purge about four different Politburo members (hey, it's what Jiang does), I had FINALLY seen some action. Granted, I was at the center of it, but I couldn't care less. Purging is one of the elements unique to the Chinese Politburo and is oddly a lot of fun. It keeps things interesting, and I enjoy that. Everyone needs to be kept on their toes. Since tomorrow is the final session, I am fully expecting some absolutely CRAZY things to happen. I might be sent to the salt mines...or forced to self criticize...or, I don't know, die. In any case, I'm psyched, but a little sad. This committee has done so much, even going so far as to compromise (it did happen....).
After this active committee session was a trip to Amsterdam which was unbelievable, albeit a little gray. The clouds would decide to dump a bucket of rain on us suddenly, only to stop just as mysteriously. The canals were amazing. The houses were amazing...-ly small. I will never live in Amsterdam. I need more space. However, I have no qualms in visiting again. Although we passed by amazing sites such as Anne Frank's house and the Van Gogh museum on the canal cruise, I didn't get to actually stand in them. So that needs to be fixed at some point!
Tomorrow...will be a happy/sad day. I'm looking forward to it, but am especially glad I will be leaving this place with some pretty solid new friendships.