Archive for Category: "netherlands"
So I keep this little red journal where I write illegible bouts of ideas and thoughts. It’s like a hard drive of impressions made of words rather than a photo taken with a camera. Or, it’s like a memory scrapbook, a place to vomit out thoughts, and a place to collect thoughts through stream of consciousness writing
Three days in Amsterdam. Two days in Berlin. A day and a half in Prague. All with only one backpack. That was how I spent last week, trekking through Europe with minimal accessories, and moving from hostel to hostel. The whole experience was beautiful and frustrating and amazing.
“Are you ready?” We had stopped our blue and yellow rental bikes on a cute street corner in Groningen, a small town in the north of Holland that was the childhood home of my Dutch friend Rian. I had met Rian while traveling through Africa last year, and we had hit it off, traveling together
When I chose Utrecht as a study abroad destination, I wasn’t sure what to expect. To be completely honest, I knew next to nothing about the Netherlands, its history, or the people living there. After five months, I’ve cultivated a deep respect for Dutch culture, though there’s still much about it I don’t know
Little by little, I’m adjusting to life in the Netherlands. I’ve mastered the most crucial Dutch phrases (“A large cone of fries, please”), can navigate the twisting, cobblestoned streets of Utrecht on my bike, and no longer look like a bewildered tourist everywhere I go (at least that’s what I tell myself). I’ve even made some Dutch friends