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…

I AMsterdam

I AMsterdam

Amsterdam Amsterdam was one of the cities I was most looking forward to visiting in my European segment of my travels.  When I studied for a semester in London in Spring 2011, I missed out on visiting this iconic city, travelling to Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Paris, Dublin, etc instead.  Many of my classmates did choose to visit this city during that time and they had great things to say about the city (in addition to partaking in recreational cannabis use) Luckily, I had a good friend to stay with and…

Keukenhof Gardens- “The most beautiful spring garden in the world”

Keukenhof Gardens- “The most beautiful spring garden in the world”

Keukenhof Gardens When I began planning my trip to the Netherlands, the second thing that came to mind (after Amsterdam, of course), was tulips.  From learning about the Dutch at school, I envisioned fields filled with brightly colored tulips with windmills scattered throughout the fields, with plenty of rivers nearby.  Dutch people would be walking through the fields in their clogs, carrying wheels of cheese. Alright, I know that’s not the most realistic view of Holland today, but I would be lying if I wasn’t still hoping to see some similarities….