Exploring Amsterdam

Anh-Thu Vo is a 4th year Global Security & Justice and African & African American Studies double major. She studied last fall semester at the University of Amsterdam and learned a lot about its culture and history during her time there. Take a look at some of the photos she has shared!

This is a street in Haarlem located very close to the Haarlem train station. This walk way is quite unique because of the colors. Typically, Dutch sidewalks are made of cobble stone and various shades of brown and red. In this case the side walk is painted the colors of the rainbow bring color even on the rainiest of days.

This is a photo of Gouda cheese in a cheese shop in Amsterdam. Gouda cheese is the most popular cheese within the Netherlands. Although the name of the cheese is Gouda, the cheese is actually not produced in this city but in the surrounding area. It is called Gouda because this cheese was traditionally sold in the market in Gouda.

This photo is taken in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. Johan Cruijff ArenA is home to AFC Ajax, Amsterdam’s soccer team. This is the largest stadium in the Netherlands. Not only is it home to AFC Ajax, this arena is also home to the Dutch national soccer team. Furthermore, this arena is transformed during the off season into a concert venue where many artist have performed.

Within Zaandam [a city right by Amsterdam], you can find Zaanse Schans which looks like a 18th and 19th century Dutch town. There are historic windmills here.

This is a photo of raw herring (right) and smoked eel (left). One of the most famous Dutch dishes is raw herring. Dutch often complement the raw herring with pickles and onions. Smoked eel is a specialty in Volendam, which is where this photo was taken.

This is a photo of Muiden Castle in Muiderslot, which is a 15 minute drive from Amsterdam. This castle was built in the 13th century by Count Floris V and was along the trade route between Utrecht and Amsterdam. One of the most notable owners of Muiden was P.C. Hooft, one of the most important Dutch scholars.

This is a photo of the front of Oudemanhuispoort, which is the old law faculty at the University of Amsterdam. In the center of the courtyard is the bust of Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, law, and justice.

This is a photo of the metro in Amsterdam. In the Netherlands, all Dutch students can travel by public transit for free while they are in school. Despite this fact, many students that live within biking distance still travel by bike.

This is a photo of my bike in Amsterdam. Biking is the primary mode of transit in Amsterdam. There are more bikes in the city than people.

This is a night photo of a canal near Negen Straatjes, which is a boutique shopping area in Western Amsterdam.

 

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Glimpses of the Netherlands

Seena Honarvar studied in Rotterdam, Netherlands last spring semester as a 3rd year studying economics and commerce. He enjoyed having new cultural experiences abroad and took many pictures along the way. Keep scrolling to see some of what he has shared!

 

 

The second lecture: Strategic Management

The famous cube houses in Rotterdam city center!

Primary government building in Rotterdam.

Interior of a crafty thrift shop in Rotterdam

First flakes of snow in Kralingen!

New age Rotterdam apartment complexes, built after World War 2 bombings.

Tribute statue to Jacobus Henricus Van’t Hoff, Dutch chemist

Iconic Rotterdam Markthall from inside

Old style Dutch windmill by Kralingen Lake

Holland Hiatus

Saying goodbye to my parents for seven months wasn’t an easy thing, but it was time to leave the nest and fly solo…to see what I’m made of and explore a new world on my own.

Saying goodbye to my parents for seven months wasn’t an easy thing, but it was time to leave the nest and fly solo…to see what I’m made of and explore a new world on my own.

I’m terrified of flying, but this view calmed me down a bit after take-off from DC!

I’m terrified of flying, but this view calmed me down a bit after take-off from DC!

Finally arrived in Amsterdam (capital of the Netherlands) and just one bus ride away from my home for the next 7 months, Rotterdam!

Finally arrived in Amsterdam (capital of the Netherlands) and just one bus ride away from my home for the next 7 months, Rotterdam!

Large office building, overlooking a river…very common site here in Rotterdam!

Large office building, overlooking a river…very common site here in Rotterdam!

Traditional Dutch cube houses in the background (top-left)…people actually live in them!

Traditional Dutch cube houses in the background (top-left)…people actually live in them!

If you don’t have a bike in Holland, then you’ll pay a fortune in transportation costs! Good exercise and free transport is always the way to go.

If you don’t have a bike in Holland, then you’ll pay a fortune in transportation costs! Good exercise and free transport is always the way to go.

Waiting for the tram, the street I live on in Rotterdam.

Waiting for the tram, the street I live on in Rotterdam.

Waiting for the tram, the street I live on in Rotterdam.

Waiting for the tram, the street I live on in Rotterdam.

Streets in Europe are so different from what I’m used to in the States. The cars are also much smaller!

Streets in Europe are so different from what I’m used to in the States. The cars are also much smaller!

Beautiful buildings off a major street in the city centre.

Beautiful buildings off a major street in the city centre.

There’s water everywhere! Important business area in the city.

There’s water everywhere! Important business area in the city.

Hakeem is a 3rd year student in the Comm School. See the Netherlands through his eyes as he explores Rotterdam!