The Latest from Netherlands

Apr 13 1:00pm

Studying Abroad as a Vegetarian

A little over 10 months ago I decided to become a vegetarian and haven’t really looked back since. I generally don’t ever feel restricted, but I was a little anxious before studying abroad for a number of reasons. Navigating eating out with friends, getting enough nutrition and budgeting were my main concerns. Thankfully it proved to be easier than I anticipated!

Apr 12 1:13pm

"Abroad Changed Me"

It has been four weeks since I returned home to Sri Lanka following the abrupt end of my time abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Amsterdam feels like a lifetime away. I am so lucky and privileged to have had the opportunity that I did. But goodbyes are never easy. Especially the ones that come before their time.

Mar 19 7:18pm

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

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

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.