The Netherlands? Holland? “Dutchland”?

I stumbled upon this video that (tries) to simplify the confusion surrounding what the actual name is of the country where the Dutch are found. Enjoy!

“Big stuff and little: learning how to order breakfast in a country where I don’t speak the language and haven’t been before- that’s really satisfying. I like that.” -Anthony Bourdain


Getting Educated: The Netherlands is #1!

One of the most common questions I get when I tell people that I am going to study in The Netherlands is “What kind of food do they have there?” Well, from what I have read their cuisine isn’t much different from ours here in the US. Aside from a few unique selections…

(Courtesy of Stuff Dutch People Like)

…they seem to have what we here in the US would consider “normal” food. However something that sets The Netherlands apart from other countries is that they were just named the “Healthiest Country in the World.” This is thanks to their low cost of food, its availability and diversity, the overall quality of the food, and the importance of vegetables and dairy in Dutch diet. The Netherlands has low rates of diabetes and obesity which put them at the top of the chart for world’s healthiest countries.  Way to go Nederland! If you are interested in reading the article you can find it here

I would also like to point out that we have the Dutch to thank for donuts 🙂

“Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in a way they have been told to.” -Alan Keighley

Getting Educated: Anne Frank Huis

I learned something recently that I am very excited about and yet surprised I wasn’t aware of, the Anne Frank House is located in Amsterdam (which I’m finding a fair amount of people weren’t aware is in fact located in The Netherlands). World War II is my favorite era in history to learn about, the holocaust especially. So naturally when anticipating travelling in Europe I have placed sights involving this era on the top of my must-see list. I was reading an unrelated article that talked about destinations in Amsterdam when low and behold, there was the Anne Frank House. I’ve read her diary and researched her story yet somehow was under the presumption that she lived in Germany. Although she legitimately was German, she spent most of her life in The Netherlands. She even wrote her diary in Dutch. Regardless of my apparent ignorance I am elated that such a landmark of history will be within a two hour train ride. For anyone who isn’t aware the secret annex in which Anne Frank hid for two years before eventually succumbing to the terrors of the concentration camps has been turned into a museum. I never would have imagined I’d be blessed with the opportunity to see it with my own eyes. I am so grateful for this path that God has put me on and the dreams He is making come true, can’t wait to see what other secret treasures He has in store for me.

50 days to go!

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

Getting Educated

With only two and a half months to go until I begin my adventures abroad I deem it necessary to educate myself on the city I will be calling home for five months. Groningen has so much to offer students, from a vibrant student population to top ranked Universities, I can’t help but feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to spend time there. I also see it fit to share the knowledge I gain with all of you following my journey, so as I stumble upon interesting tid-bits about Groningen I want all of you to share in my intrigue and excitement. To start it off, here is a video that was made describing a main facet of the city, bicycles. 50% of the transportation throughout Groningen is on bicycle, and the city has made sure to cater to this eco-friendly way of getting around. This is a great fit for me as this happens to be one of my favorite past times. I must say, I can’t wait to bike my way through my semester abroad!


“In traveling: a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.” -Samuel Jenkins