Well, at least the end of my semester working for CIEE Amsterdam. It is crazy how fast time went by, but it was a great experience. It was my job to make sure all our students would see more than the city centre of Amsterdam and some European capitals. This is why I have organized day trips to all the corners of the country, and even a weekend trip to a real Dutch Island with a really difficult name: I was so proud when most of the students could actually pronounce ‘Schiermonnikoog’ after a few days of mudflat hiking, kiting, bike riding and barbecuing on this tiny Island! I think it was my most favourite activity since I had a lot of time to sit down with the students to get to know them. The 45 students that I have met during this past semester were a really important part of why I loved my job!
Our day trip to Utrecht is another event that I will never forget. We started the day by visiting a Dutch castle, and we ended it on a canal bike while showing the city that I have grown up in. I have really enjoyed showing the students what the Netherlands has to offer, and it made me look at my own country in a different way. And although most students have a mixed feeling about having to leave this country, don’t forget that wherever you are, there is beauty!