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Mar 19 7:18pm
Amsterdam

Het Laatste Rit: My Final Hours in Amsterdam (Part 2)

Post by Hannah McGrew

It had been my final day in Amsterdam, and I didn’t even know it.

I called my family, fighting tears, and imitated my most confident lawyer-like voice to logically convince them there was no need to leave. Even as the words came out, there was a part of me that knew they were false. Deep down, I knew I had to take the flight. Most of my roommates had already booked flights back and it would be worse to be the last one left, alone in an empty apartment.

Mar 17 4:41pm
Amsterdam

Het Laatste Rit: My Final Hours in Amsterdam (Part 1)

Post by Hannah McGrew

When I was in middle school, my bedroom was decorated in a Parisian theme. Eiffel towers were thrown all over my room and pink was splattered everywhere. I suppose I was intrigued by the foreignness of a culture I’d never experienced and by the words I didn’t understand. I dreamed of the day I would get to go to Europe and see it all myself. As I grew older and graduated from the pink Parisian room, I hung a large world map on my wall.

Mar 13 3:07am
Amsterdam

Love in the everyday

7 weeks! That's how long I have been in Amsterdam. In a perfect world, I would be approaching the midway point of my study abroad experience, but in reality, I will be heading back home to Sri Lanka in less than 3 days. It feels surreal. 4 days ago, I was in Paris. 48 hours ago, I was making plans with my best friend from college for her trip to visit me in Amsterdam. 24 hours ago, I was adamant that it would be fine, i would be able to stay on and finish my semester in Amsterdam.

Feb 23 3:20pm
Amsterdam

Ride or Die: Biking in Amsterdam

Yes, I know, I know, the title is very dramatic. But it is true, biking in Amsterdam is an extreme sport. It is difficult to describe the Dutch biking culture without experiencing it first hand, but I think a good place to start would be to say that there are A LOT of bikes. In this city of 820,000 people, there are 880,000 bicycles! It is easily the preferred mode of transportation for the majority of Amsterdammers.

Feb 3 8:23am
Amsterdam

Sports Culture in the Netherlands

Post by Josiah Krul

American colleges everywhere love athletics. Even the small liberal arts school I attend packs the stands for a few football games every year (which is shocking given our 4-23 record over my three years of attendance). A typical Sunday will involve students galivanting across the dining hall adorning the Patriots logo from head to toe. These students then face disapproving glares or cheerful comradery from fellow students and even sometimes faculty.