My Summer Abroad: Finishing up in Barcelona

Spain is a lot like Italy. I’ve been to Spanish speaking countries before. I spent a week in El Salvador the summer of 2015. I’ve also made brief stops in parts of Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Spain is very different, particularly with the language. Just like with British and American English, the Atlantic … Continue reading My Summer Abroad: Finishing up in Barcelona

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My Summer Abroad: Amsterdam Part 3, Sinking Cities, Sex Workers and the Secrets of the Dutch

Amsterdam feels like a place where things happen and people remember. Walking the streets of Eindhoven with way too much luggage on my back felt more like a story I was living in rather than my actual life. I suppose travel can evoke this same feeling anywhere, not just the Netherlands. Though I’d argue that … Continue reading My Summer Abroad: Amsterdam Part 3, Sinking Cities, Sex Workers and the Secrets of the Dutch

My Summer Abroad: Amsterdam Part 2, Visiting Amsterdam as a Broke College Kid

We spent a short three days in the Netherlands and honestly it was exhausting. Our plane landed in Eindhoven late Wednesday, June 28. We stayed until Sunday and flew out around sunrise. I wanted to stay longer and we would have. But, as anyone who’s ever visited Amsterdam knows, it’s not cheap. Anything you want … Continue reading My Summer Abroad: Amsterdam Part 2, Visiting Amsterdam as a Broke College Kid

My Summer Abroad: Amsterdam Part 1, From Minnesota to the Netherlands

The Netherlands smelled like home. I’m sure any Dutchman visiting Minnesota would say the same. My grandmother immigrated to Minnesota from Finland when she was just a girl. She is one of the many Swedes, Germans, Fins, Dutch and other European's who have made the state their home over the past 200 years. They came … Continue reading My Summer Abroad: Amsterdam Part 1, From Minnesota to the Netherlands

My Summer Abroad: Getting to Rome and Staying There

21st century Rome exists like a time capsule. Ancient ruins are dotted all throughout the modern city. At 496 square miles, Rome is arguably the largest open-air museum in the world. I knew immediately upon arrival that the Eternal City would be nothing like Paris. We flew in late, arriving shortly after midnight. Ryanair, a budget … Continue reading My Summer Abroad: Getting to Rome and Staying There

My Summer Abroad: About Paris

Paris was more familiar than I expected. It’s a big, modern metropolis reminiscent of New York, Chicago, LA and most other major cities I’ve visited. Not to say it’s indistinguishable from the states, far from it. Paris is a modern city and all modern cities share certain characteristics (infrastructure, big buildings, a McDonalds on every street), … Continue reading My Summer Abroad: About Paris