Although the sun isn't a clear indicator of the culmination of my time abroad in the Netherlands, days seem to be flying by and soon it'll be July 1st... my Dutch friends weren't kidding when they said the sun doesn't make many appearances in the Netherlands. I've had an amazing time here, filled with memories … Continue reading Wait, it’s summer…already?
I recently had Easter break for about a week and a half, from March 12-22. I’ve mentioned to my family multiple trips I have planned for the remainder of my time abroad, so they usually just ask me on any given day “Where are you now?” since the answer changes basically every weekend. For Easter … Continue reading Reality
So this week marks my third week in the beautiful country of the Netherlands! To say it has been interesting would be an understatement. I've been able to single-handily experience everything about Dutch culture. It's been nice to be able to go to school with people of a completely different culture, although that means not … Continue reading Tulips, windmills and rain…lots of rain.
Time really does fly by when you’re on vacation for two months. After my final exams were over with in December, my boyfriend and I traveled through the east coast of the U.S. and visited my family in Los Angeles before my departure to the Netherlands. On Jan. 12 I flew to Amsterdam with my … Continue reading Dutch Living
Danitza Yukopila is a University of Florida student studying abroad for the Spring 2016 semester in Utrecht, Netherlands. If you want to learn more about her program, click here: Universiteit Utrecht. What is your year and academic concentration? I am a junior pursuing Public Relations major with a business minor. I'm also doing course work for my … Continue reading Danitza: Spring in Utrecht
Usually when I return from a weekend trip, all I have to bring with me are photos, memories, and perhaps a souvenir or two to remind me of the glorious 48 hours I spent in yet another foreign city. But not this time! I brought Emily back from Cologne, and after fashioning a makeshift mattress … Continue reading Thank you, Utrecht
My pre-departure motto before arriving in the Netherlands was to make sure I never lost sight of the most important reason I’m here; to study. If you’ve heard different things about study abroad programs; some are a joke, others keep you overworked and undertraveled. Truth is, believe them both. Every program is different and the … Continue reading Work Hard, Play Hard[er]
And it smells like beer, pretzels, and good times. Really good times, because how could it not be when I’m in a new country with an old friend? My 5:30am wake-up Saturday morning was completely worth the early train ride to meet up with one of my best friends, Emily, in Cologne, Germany. Last summer … Continue reading What’s that Smell? Just some Cologne.
The other evening I hopped on my bike to nowhere. Nowhere to go, nobody to go with. Just me, myself, and I, and some sheep along the way. I left the familiar gates of Campusplein, rode down Platolaan and made a turn onto Sophocleslaan. (all the streets here are named after philosophers!) Then I got … Continue reading A Countryside Ride
Free weekends are unacceptable here. When we noticed an empty block on our calendar for our last few days in July, it just had to be filled. So began our destination contemplation. After some hasty research, price comparisons, and discussion of our personal wishlists, we came to a consensus: Prague. Day 1 The beauty of … Continue reading The City of One Hundred Spires