I recall panicking when the month of May arrived. I feared that I had yet to seen or experienced enough. In the mornings, I would read blogs for recommendations of events and places to visit. With my agenda of the day planned, I would roam around the city. Yet, I learned the importance of being present in the moment, not simply checking off items from a to-do list. Rather than planning every hour of my day, I would have a vague itinerary with points of genuine interest. By doing so, I relaxed as I explored the city at a comfortable pace. I enjoyed the moment as it was, whether that was watching the setting sun showing through a building in front of it or sipping lattes in a newly found cafe. Now, I am two days away from saying goodbye to Amsterdam. I owe my experience to the support of friends, kindness of strangers, and newly found love for lattes in hipster cafes. Through the tears, laughter, and spoons of sugar, I made this city my home.
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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">I am an art history and psychology major who decided to escape Southern California and explore the four seasons in rural Williams College. I love engaging in spontaneous adventures and finding great spots off the beaten path. I enjoy viewing and creating travel and food albums. Wish me luck in finding the perfect scarf and all the European cheeses!</span></p>