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Last Month Reflections on Amsterdam

June 5, 2019

Study abroad is made up of millions of small moments, as I suppose most of life is, too. As people start leaving their abroad destinations to head back home, and asking about my plans to leave, this month has become more reflective than intended. How do you group four months of experience into a one-sentence answer to a question? How do you take the ups and downs, the nights in and nights out, school, biking, touring, traveling, meeting new people and seeing old friends, feeling lonely and connecting, feeling Jewishly engaged or isolated—into one blog post? Or even 10 or fifteen?

This semester has been a practice in living intentionally—simultaneously always going about my daily life, while at the same time reflecting always in my blogs, in pictures, and in reports to back home. Maybe this is how we should always live, though at the same time it's a bizarre way to go about your everyday—in the constant rotation of doing things and then thinking about them or trying to remember them. So I try to provide as much detail in these blogs as possible—but at the same time, know that there was so much of this semester that wasn't recorded, but just experienced in the moment. And they will never be remembered, maybe in five or 10 or 50 years, but in their own ways, they have had an impact on my experience in Amsterdam, and subsequently, on me.

With that said, here is a sampling of a whole bunch of little moments, which this semester, has been made up of lots and lots of cocktail bars/beer/coffee/shops and restaurants.



Scandinavian Embassy

Good Beans

Il Momento

Cafe Krull


Brouerij Troost (De Pijp)

Oedipus Brouerij (Noord)

BeirBaum (De Pijp)

TapKabinet (De Pijp)

BierFabriek (Rokin)

Cocktails & Wine:

Tales and Spirits (Jordaan)

NJOY (Leidseplein)

Vesper (Jordaan/Harleem)

Labyrinth (Near Vondelpark)

Door 74

Bubbles and Wines Winebar (Jordaan)

Glou Glou (De Pijp)


Vegan Junk Food (De Pijp, Leidseplein)

Bardak (De Pijp)

Cafe Brecht (Near Museamplein)

The Avocado Show (De Pijp)

De Tulp (De Pijp)

The Groene Vilnder (De Pijp)

Pancakes Amsterdam (The 9 Streets, Jordaan)

The Caroussel

Outdoor Spaces:

Hannekes Boom


Oedipus Brewery



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