How do you say “laundry detergent” in Dutch?Amsterdam, Fall 2010
So I have been in Amsterdam for almost a week, and it’s really strange to think that in such a short period of time I have gone from knowing nothing about this city to constantly craving more knowledge about it. When I’m not out exploring, I’m looking up various restaurants, parks, markets etc. online or in guides I pick up along the way.
To be completely honest, the adjustment was a bit overwhelming. My close friends and family can vouch for the fact that when I face high levels of stress, especially combined with a lack of sleep, the end result is not pretty. So upon arrival, I guess you could say I was a little grumpy. As much as I just wanted to pass out, or hop on the next flight to the States so I could sleep in my own bed, I attended all of the IES orientation programs, which ended up being very helpful for learning about the city of Amsterdam and academics at UvA.
I think yesterday was kind of a turning point for me. It was the first day I felt completely adjusted to the time difference, and the perfect weather made the city look absolutely gorgeous. Some friends and I went to a market and had a little picnic in the park. It was the first time I actually felt like I knew what I was doing, and I must admit; it’s a wonderful feeling. Obviously, there have been some difficulties along the way. For example, I found myself staring a shelf in the grocery store trying to find balsamic vinegar, and after a couple of minutes I realized I was looking at baby food. But all in all, I’d say it’s not too difficult to figure everything out. Classes start tomorrow, which I’m really looking forward too. I already have some reading that I need to get started on!
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