Video Commentary: Utrecht, the Student City
My first ever travel vlog, primarily taking place in Utrecht.
0:00: Well, technically, my first ever travel vlog takes place in France, in 2012. I intended to upload consistently after the France vlog. I didn’t. Mainly because I broke up with my French ex, spent two years with a German girl and three weeks with a Spanish girl, then realized I should probably take a break for a while. This opening is something of a foreshadowing, really. Because I tried again to become a regular uploader, and full-time work took up precedence. One day.
0:19: Document Your Life videos follow the format of muted clips with (often blissfully chill) music laid over the top — sometimes with outtakes hidden after the outro, original audio included. Lauren’s Document Your Channel is the original, and you can see other people’s DYLs on a dedicated Tumblr.
1:29: Sadly, mathijsmusic.com is not a real website. But you’re most welcome to buy that domain, and I’ll link it right here. Whatever you direct the domain to, there’ll always be a link to it right here on my site. Just don’t link it to a RickRoll. You’re better than that.
1:32: The most awkward instance of ‘filling in something I didn’t shoot footage for’ ever.
2:27: It sort of looks like I‘m saying the ‘woah!’ in Candy Shop. I have no idea whether people notice this.
2:56: Quick Google searches don’t bring up much about the student death, happiness being banned, or the obscure sport — it’s probably niche information that’s mostly available in Dutch, so you’re gonna have to take my word for all this stuff. Mathijs knows his shit.
4:28: ‘Delete Piet Niet!’ Sinterklaas is basically Dutch Santa Claus. But he does things a lil differently. He arrives from Spain on a steamboat in the middle of November, welcomed by hundreds of thousands of people, leading a parade that gets broadcast nationally, and then he spends a few weeks visiting schools and shit, and then, a few days into December, he gives the good kids gifts and leaves coal for the bad ones. It’s fucking brilliant. What’s less brilliant, though, is that his assistant Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) wears blackface. It’s a hot debate which you should read more about here.
5:50: That’s Johanna, Utrecht’s newest student block at the time of writing. The individual tiles on the building are actually blue, and in the right conditions, Johanna does look blue. But the varying shades of blue merge together and create a purple sheen a lot of the time — the intended mix of blue and white is supposed to represent cloudy blue skies. Here is a cool video of her construction: