My Last One Hundred

Well, the time is here. Time for my last week in this beautiful country. With my last hundred euros in my pocket, I decided that I would spend it on visiting my favorite spots one last time. I start with filling up my tram card. While many people have chosen to use the bike as…

The End is Near!

This week, I really struggled with figuring out what to write about. The semester is coming to an end rather quickly. Next week I take my finals, pack my things, and head on a plane back home just in time for Christmas. It does not feel like I have been here for four months. It…

Travel Advice for Fellow Explorers

One of the great things about studying abroad in Europe is the ability to cheaply travel to other European countries. While I cannot stress the importance of exploring your host country, I find it also important to explore outside of your host country as well. The world is a big place and I find that…

Food for Thought

Its time to talk about the most important part of Amsterdam: the food. I am, at heart, a foodie. I literally cannot live without it. I know that my love for food stems from the delicious food in the Chicago land area and watching too much Food Network. The Dutch food was one of the…

‘Tis the Season

With December and the holidays right around the corner, I am very excited to start going to what I have been looking forward to all semester: European Christmas Markets! I am a sucker for the holidays. I love it all, the lights, the trees, the decorations, and most of all the food. Christmas markets all…

Anne and Me

I stood next to Westerkerk church on the Princengracht and stared with sadness at the small statue of Anne Frank. Other visitors had left flowers, pictures, and other memorabilia on the statue. When the church bells chimed, I couldn’t help but have an eerie feeling wash over me. These are the exact bells that Anne…

Music of the Netherlands

Amsterdam has given me so many opportunities to see and experience various places and cultures without having to leave the city. Recently, I was able to go and see my favorite band, Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit, at a local venue. This was particularly exciting for me because this was a European band that…

A Week in the Life of Zoe Meyer: A Student in Amsterdam

The longer you live somewhere the more you create a routine. When asked to write about what a week in the life looked like for me, I had to sit down and write what I do every day because it is not something I think about, I just do it without thinking. I like developing…

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…