Charlie McDowell

Elmhurst College
Amsterdam - Psychology & Sciences

I am a 20 year old Psychology and Intercultural Studies major escaping the suburbs of Chicago in search of an adventure. I can be found reading or writing most of the time, and love to talk to people. I've been daydreaming of traveling the world since I was a child, and am so excited that the time for that is finally here! Thank you for stopping by, I hope my stories are as helpful to you as these moments were for me.

Posts by this Author

June 24, 2017

What can a man in a boat with a poodle and a beer teach me? Amsterdam's taught me a lot more than what my classes covered, and I might be more similar to this man than I thought.

May 27, 2017

With only a few days left until finals and my departure home, I have to find some sort of balance before the world eats me alive

May 20, 2017

What's the weirdest thing you ended up missing from back home? The answers may be surprising. Please come read the short ode I've written to cope with the lack of this item in my life.

May 12, 2017

Moving to another country for a few months won't let you run away from your problems, but it shouldn't be a reason to never try. Here's what I needed to read before making the decision to study abroad.

April 30, 2017

I still don’t know why there’s an inherent need to throw a nation wide birthday party for the King, but it makes me a little sad that America doesn’t have a king to throw a birthday party for.

April 22, 2017

Sometimes the things you bring back from a trip aren't actually things at all. Here's what I'm planning on bringing home with me.

April 15, 2017

When your friend is missing Passover back home, she throws seder for the whole floor.

March 30, 2017

Studying abroad demands for a world of new experiences. One of the coolest parts is the amount of travelling you can do-and usually for cheap. But planning a holiday can be overwhelming and stressful, and really get in the way of having a good time.

March 27, 2017

Running into two very obvious Americans on the Metro has me questioning am I obvious? and more importantly, should I care?

March 10, 2017

Life here is going great.....until I remember that I still have to manage my life at home. Can I live in two places at once?

February 27, 2017

A short trip to Utrecht ended up teaching me a lot more than I expected.

February 23, 2017

A 10 step guide on how to survive Amsterdam's favorite mode of transportation.

February 16, 2017

Two weeks in Amsterdam has given me plenty of experiences, but I'm learning that the small adventures are just as important as the large ones.

January 5, 2017

The closer that my departure date comes, the more overwhelming everything is. Soon I'm going to have to jump into the unknown and (hopefully) land in Amsterdam.