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
One of the great things about coming to Utrecht with a group of other UF students is that it makes a big, new place suddenly seem a lot more familiar. Even before we all met in person, we arranged a weekend trip to Paris since, why not? When we all finally met over here and … Continue reading Paris is Always a Good Idea
With a final exam coming up Thursday, what was I doing biking 3 miles to hop on a bus at 6:00am Wednesday morning? Heading to Belgium, of course. 70 of UU Summer School’s European Studies program students traveled in style on a double-decker bus to Brussels on Wednesday for an enlightening (and delicious) program excursion. … Continue reading Brussels: Eat the Waffles, Not the Sprouts
All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. All tulips are flowers, but not all flowers are tulips. And Holland is in the Netherlands, but not all of the Netherlands is in Holland. So why does it seem as if 99% of the world [wrongly] refers to the entire 12 provinces of this … Continue reading Discovering Holland
But not without a lost-and-found passport, multiple flight delays, two flight cancellations, a changed airport, sleepless 9 hour flight, and fast-paced layover in Paris. After a stressful day, there is no sight more glorious than seeing your luggage the first one out on the conveyor belt. The flight change had me arrive 2 hours later … Continue reading I Trekked to Utrecht!
Today begins what I call the lucky seven countdown. It is when there is only a week left until a major departure that your countdown becomes legitimate, am I right? I have already booked an excursion to Paris, created a bucket list, and made plans to meet up with my best friend in Cologne. I … Continue reading Hallo, Nederland!