Costa Rica to Nicaragua!

Hi ACM blog readers! My name is Jacob Cohen and I’m a junior physics major at Carleton College currently studying in Costa Rica. Actually, this blog won’t be about Costa Rica, but about its northern neighbor Nicaragua! A highlight of the Costa Rica program is the five-day excursion to Nicaragua, which we went on three…

The Netherlands VS. Sweden: A Soccer Game

If there is one thing the Dutch love more than bread and coffee, it’s football. I figured I had to see what all the fuss was about. And let me tell you, I now know why they love it as much as they do. I bought a ticket in September, not really thinking much of…

A Rainy Day at the Museums

With rain being called for the whole weekend, I figured the best way to spend one of those rainy days was in a few museums. My museums of choice were the Frans Hals Art Museum and the Teyler Museum, both of which are located in the city of Haarlem. You can buy tickets to both these…

A Day Trip to Maastricht

The Semester in Amsterdam program has organized several amazing activities for us. To kick off October, a group of us went to a town south of Amsterdam (along the border of Belgium) called Maastricht. At one point in time, Maastricht was the most northern Roman colony. Maastricht also has the second highest point in the…

The Notorious Windmills of Zaanse Schans

My second solo adventure brings be to a town called Zaandam. In this town is a beautiful place called Zaanse Schans. What makes this place so beautiful is the 17th century windmills that line the lake. I have never felt so Dutch than when I was standing next to these massive structures. They are honestly…

Big Zoo in the Big City

Having had many adventures planned by the Semester in Amsterdam group, I have now been able to go out for some adventures on my own. To my own surprise, I chose to take my first solo adventure at the Artis Zoo. I know that there are many zoos back in the states, but I thought…

Student Spotlight: Emily

Checking in again for India Fall 2017! This week I was able to interview Emily about her experience so far in Pune. Emily is from New Jersey, and is a junior studying psychology at Colorado College.   Q: How has your experience with your host family been so far? Emily: It’s been really great! My…

My First Golden Week!

In China, everyone gets a week-long vacation to celebrate the National Holiday and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival. This is a time in the beginning of October where anyone, students and families, can travel and/or have a restful break. During this week I was able to travel to Guizhou, Guiyang (贵州,贵阳) where I stayed with my…

A Few Favorites

Now that a month has past, I have a few favorite places to go to around Florence. There are plenty of places with different atmospheres so it is easy to find something that tickles your fancy. If caffeine fuels you, some great cafès to check out are: ITIT II Sandwich Cafè – this is a…

A Week in the Life: Pune, India

It is almost impossible for me to believe that my semester in Pune is almost half way over! The days and weeks have flown by, especially now that I’ve gotten used to my weekly routine. Each day and each week of course is a little different, but here’s the general schedule to my busy school…

A Weekend in Friesland

One of the great aspects about studying abroad for the semester in Amsterdam is that I am a part of a group on campus that brings all the semester in Amsterdam students together from the University. In total there are about ninety of us. One of the great things this program does, besides setting up…

Time Flies

Time is weird. Time seems to go by ever so slow, and yet somehow flies by in the blink of an eye. I have been in Florence for already one whole month. It seems much longer than that though, as if I have lived here for perhaps half a year. This experience so far still…