The Latest from Netherlands

Sep 30 4:01pm
Amsterdam

Ik Spreek Geen Nederlands — On Becoming a “Local”

by Betsy

I volunteered at an international festival and learned just how important a local language still is in a mostly-bilingual city. Now six weeks into my semester, I’m hoping to speed up my transition from tourist to local.

Sep 28 6:03pm
Amsterdam

Notitieboekje Gedachten/Notebook Thoughts 

by Shanela

There are entire worlds in a notebook. Allow me to share some fragments from mine, gathered during my first month in Amsterdam.

Sep 25 4:11pm
Amsterdam

Ceylon/Nederlands: Reconciling My Lankan Present With The Dutch Colonial Past

by Shanela

There’s no doubt that each individual from a former colony will confront this part of their history differently. But I’ve felt the reverberations of colonialism differently since arriving in Amsterdam.

Sep 5 9:15am
Amsterdam

The Liberating Experience of Getting Lost

by Betsy

My first week in Amsterdam, I found myself alone on a bike in the middle of the city. As a novice to both the new city and the old form of transportation, my simple journey home greatly impacted my new student self confidence.

Aug 30 12:23pm
Amsterdam

On Making The Most Of That Study Abroad Magic

by Shanela

Two weeks into my stay in Amsterdam, I've realized that taking stock of how improbably miraculous some days can be is essential to surviving those other days when you get lost on the tram.