Because I arrived in the Netherlands 2 weeks before my classes at Utrecht University officially started, I had the opportunity to go sight-seeing and visit some of the highlights of the land of stroopwafels, windmills, and clogs.

I wanted to make use of the short time that I had before classes start and I gotta hit the books again and so it’s been quite an eventful 2 weeks.

Here are some of my favourite photographs from each city:

Amsterdam

First stop: the largest city and capital of the Netherlands: Amsterdam! On our first day there, we visited the Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, The Dam Square, The Flower Market, and the Red Light district.

A week later, we came back and visited the Rijksmuseum and took a canal cruise to see the lights of the city at night:

Rotterdam

Rotterdam was a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of the city of Amsterdam. It is a major port city in South Holland, and the largest port in Europe. It’s the second-largest city in NL and quite scenic, I must say. We visited the Euromast Tower, The Cube Houses, and the Markthal:

 

Utrecht

Utrecht is described by many as quintessentially Dutch. Picturesque, quaint, and charming while still bustling with activities due to the presence of a large student population — many of them hailing from all over the world! (Ahem, Exhibit A: Your lovely author, Ana). Needless to say, it was love at first sight with my home away from home 😍.

 

The Hague

The Hague is home to Madurodam – a miniature park featuring Dutch cities/towns, and famous landmarks. This beautiful park was named after George Maduro, a member of the Dutch resistance who fought the Nazis during WWII. He was posthumously awarded the medal of Knight 4th-class of the Military Order of William for his bravery during the war.

We also visited the Panorama Mesdag – which houses Hendrik Mesdag’s iconic 360-panorama painting of the Scheveningen village, which he completed in 1881. The pictures don’t do it justice!

Zaanse Schans (Zandaam)

Also, what’s a trip to the Netherlands without visiting its historic windmills? One of my favourite views, for sure.

That’s it, for now my friends! Hope you enjoyed this picture post ☺️ . Of course, being an exchange student ain’t always glamorous. After all, my main purpose of coming here is to go to school (BOO!!!…just kidding). I can’t wait to share more of what’s to come, the good, the bad, and all that jazz! À bientôt! Tot ziens 😇

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