Biking in the rain is quite a humbling experience. Despite the weather being absolutely gorgeous today, around high 60s mid 70s, and smelling of crisp fall air, on my way home I ran into quite the downpour. The kind of downpour that when you look outside you're like "Damn it's really coming down out there." … Continue reading “Life is like a bicycle, to keep your balance, you must keep moving”
Oktoberfest truly is the party of the year. Thursday evening, my friend Nicole and I boarded an overnight bus to take us to Munich for Oktoberfest. 14 hours later we arrived in the center of Munich and headed to our campground. When I agreed to stay at a hostel campground for Oktoberfest I imagined "glamping." … Continue reading Oktoberfest
Since going off to college, my birthday being so close to the beginning of the year has been hard to celebrate. Constantly amongst new people and in a new place, finding people to celebrate with has been difficult. Being in a completely new country for my 21st birthday definitely came with some nerves. Despite the … Continue reading Birthday at Brouwerij’t IJ
Even as I sit here after my first day of classes in The Netherlands drinking red wine with spaghetti and veggie meatballs, I can say I’m starting to feel somewhat “Dutch.” Today, I finally had my first day of Dutch Business Courses. Going to school in a city is a bit different than going to … Continue reading Am I “Dutch” Yet?
As you have seen, my close friend Bridget who just graduated college visited me this past week on a stop while backpacking around the world. It was perfect timing for her to come as I had just finished up my weeklong orientation and had another week before classes started. Bridget arrived on Tuesday night and … Continue reading Amherst to Amsterdam
Windmills are a major part of the landscape here in The Netherlands. When I was flying into Schiphol for miles and miles the water was dotted with wind turbines. A technology that has existed for a long time here. Beginning with the traditional windmills that were actually used to pump water out of the farm … Continue reading Bike Wheels and Windmills
I have completely lucked out on the weather so far here in Amsterdam. I remember being so sad when I looked at the forecast for my first week here and saw nothing but rain predicted. In my past two weeks here there has only been ONE rainy day. I really don't like the rain, I … Continue reading Rainy Days