A little while ago now I was called by the producers of a television show called ‘Puberruil’ here in the Netherlands. Roughly translated it means as much as ‘teen-swap’. The show is about two teens that exchange places, families and lives in general for a few days. For Puberruil XTRA there’s always one with some kind of handicap or disability, and I was asked if I wanted to take part. Hell yes!
Wednesday afternoon I arrived in Kootwijkerbroek, a little farm-like village near Barneveld. The exchange-parents didn’t know I was in a wheelchair and brought my dog, so that was quite exciting and I was a little worried for their reaction. But it turned out really good and they’re really nice and kind people. That evening I met Roos’ (the girl with whom I’m swapping) friends and we had a kind of picnic in a huge pile of hay. First though I needed to be pulled out of the shit and sand in which I was stuck.. Then they needed to transfer the blankets, drinks and snacks in front of the hay for I couldn’t climb the hay pile. It was a lot of fun though and I had a great time! Her friends are really nice and I arrived back “home” with a smile on my face and frozen feet.
Then yesterday I got to work in the shoe shop in which Roos normally works on weekends. I even sold two pairs of shoes! (I must admit though that those customers were fake and acting haha).. Later that day her friends came by again and we had to paint our nails and put on this horribly smelling and incredibly sticky masks on our faces. With her mother I started on a mosaic mirror that evening after dinner and then I went to bed. A little later than I hoped though..
Because today I’m “free” for I had a training day in Amsterdam to learn all about financial stuff, but it was torturing early! Woke up at 6 AM while I only got to sleep at 12 PM/1 AM that night. Not to be recommended.
But it was quite a disappointment for me how fake this show actually is. 95% of the conversations and actions are either acted, set into scene, rehearsed a few dozen times, or the director takes charge and tells you what to talk about, ask or say. Real big pity, but I guess that’s inevitable.
Alright, enough with those negative words! Basically I’m having a wonderful time and it’s really exciting and loads of fun! The people are all very friendly and helpful and it’s really cool to know that I’ll be on tv.
Guys, I’m telling you, this is the start of my great Hollywood career! You’d better all be quick and ask for autographs already, in a little while they’ll be worth a fortune.
Right now I’m I back on my way to Kootwijkerbroek again, with a nervous boy driving the car. Really, this guy can’t be much older than me. And basically I’m just focusing really hard on this text post to not start laughing out loud. It may be a little mean but it’s right out hilarious how nervous he is. His hands are almost trembling! A few minutes ago his mother called to make sure he’s safe. Thankfully (for him) he’s quite a good driver, otherwise I would have refused right away. But it’s just funny how he’s looking back every minute or so with wide eyes, like “oh my god is she still alive?!”