Over the past few weeks I had the pleasure of hosting two guests as they visited Amsterdam for the very first time. Before my guests arrived in Amsterdam, I couldn't help but feel extremely nervous about my ability to show them all of the incredible aspects of Amsterdam I have grown so attached to and love so very much. I felt as if the fate of their visits and their lasting impressions of Amsterdam were entirely on my shoulders. I did not want to come off as a tourist in the city I've been living in for the past two months and just show them a weekend's worth of tourist traps. With this in mind, I decided to take my guests to all the places I love and know, all the places I've been recommended, and all the places they had expressed interest in. As it turns out, showing my friends a good time in Amsterdam was that simple. While I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to make sure my guests had a great time, I didn't realize how much I had already learned about Amsterdam in my two months living here and how equipped I actually was to be their tour guide. I was successful in making my guest love my city, but their time here and the questions they asked me did teach me that I still have much more to learn about Amsterdam. I am excited to gain even more awareness of my home in Amsterdam and be able to share this knowledge with any guests I may have in the next few months.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I've spent my entire life in an environment heavily connected to the entertainment industry. As a student at Cornell University studying the connections between visual perception and media communication and design, I strive to be able to understand and implement effective design in media management. Fashion, art, architecture, music, food, and people are among the many subjects I hope to capture during my travels
The question I expect everyone will ask me when I return home, and the question that I had asked every other person I knew who had studied in Germany, is: have my German language abilities improved? Put simply: yes!
Last week, my friends and I took on a challenge that I have been dreaming of completing for months on end. We decided to climb Mt. Fuji. All the way to the summit. In one straight shot, no extended breaks, no overnight stay like most people do.