Hanging out in Hamburg

Hanging out in Hamburg

Hanging out in Hamburg After reuniting with my friend Carly in Amsterdam, I continued my planned travels back into Germany.  Next up on my somewhat clockwise path of Germany and the Netherlands was Hamburg.  Here I would have the opportunity to see Armin and Carolin, a German couple who were on the overland trip with me.  In addition to seeing all of the traditional sights in Hamburg, I was excited to spend time in the city where the Beatles first became famous. Armin and Carolin were gracious enough to let me…

Amsterdam (Round 2!)

Amsterdam (Round 2!)

Amsterdam (Round 2!) As I was relaxing in the evening at the home where I was couchsurfing in Utrecht, I perused Facebook for a bit.  When I was scrolling through my newsfeed, I saw a picture of my friend Carly alongside one of Amsterdam’s many canals.  Taken aback at first, I shot her a quick message and found out that she indeed was in Amsterdam!  It turned out that one of her college friends, Caroline, and her mother had booked a week long trip to Paris and Amsterdam to relax,…

Hanging out in The Hague, Netherlands

Hanging out in The Hague, Netherlands

Hanging out in The Hague, Netherlands I remember learning about The Hague, Netherlands while I was in school.  The International Courts of Justice are located here, and all international criminals and cases are heard at this location. Since like most of the major Dutch cities it is located in the Northern part of the country, and less than an hour by train from Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, etc, I decided to add it to my agenda.  I also had a friend, Ward, who currently lives there, providing another reason to visit.  I had…

Rotterdam, the Resilient Dutch City

Rotterdam, the Resilient Dutch City

Rotterdam, the Resilient Dutch City I’ll be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of Rotterdam when I arrived there.  During my time in Amsterdam, I had heard a few words thrown around in regards to this city such as “edgy”, “artsy”, “architectural marvel”, and “funky”.  After doing a bit of research on the city, I found out that it was almost completely destroyed by the bombings of World War II.  Rather than rebuilding it to mimic the old style, it became a blank canvas for Dutch architects to…