Falling in love with Brussels

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Our last but not least visit was Brussels! This has been my favorite stop for many reasons. We tried some of their famous chocolate and waffles, got to participate in a parade, roam around the market, and enjoy the entertainment of the street performers.

We learned some history of the cities gypsies and met a lot of people from all different parts . . .  read more

Belle journée

Today we took 3 separate trains on our journey to Belgium, it was an experience I won’t forget! The views were so beautiful and full of colorful brush. It was hot and sunny when we arrived, we walked from the train station into town and the struggle was real. Walking for about 20 minutes on the tangled small streets of Brussels we decided to . . .  read more

Last day in DAM

Today was so amazing. We went to the Rijksmuseum and it was amazing! One of the best museums in the world! We are about to go out with an exchange student from Amsterdam and spend our last evening in the Netherlands. Tomorrow morning – Brussels!

Meghann and UCO exchange student Patrick Dales below.

Anne Frank-Isaac

The Anne Frank house was a great experience and one that I can never forget. To walk through the rooms where they were hiding in and see some of their actual belongings was a surreal moment for me. To see their height measurements on the walls and look at her actual diary was rewarding. The way she read magazines and posted pictures all over her . . .  read more

Anne Frank Huis

The Westerkerk looks down upon the Anne Frank huis, it stands as a sign of faith. For Anne seeing the top half of Westerkerk through the annex gave her hope, for liberation. I can’t believe I’m sitting outside of the annex, walking the pavement the young Anne once did and where the Nazis once crept along to find yellow star-clothed people. . . .  read more

Anne Frank: Desiree

“You’ve known for a long time my greatest wish is to be a journalist, and later on, a famous writer. In any case, after the war I’d like to publish a book called ‘The Secret Annex.'” 5-11-44

I read the diary of Anne frank when I was about 12. Anne’s passion about someday becoming a writer led me to my first journal . . .  read more

Amster-Damn!

Yesterday was our first day here in Amsterdam. We had a series of unfortunate events that occurred. Meghann had left some of her clothing items in the hotel but she ran back and was able to get them last minute, I lost some souvenirs on the train and Isaac left his backpack on the bus! We also are adjusting to the roads. Luckily, we were able to . . .  read more

From protests to palaces..

We leave London tomorrow to make our next journey to Amsterdam, Netherlands. I have already learned so much from visiting the UK, from Salisbury to Stonehenge then St. Paul’s Cathedral to the anniversary and celebration of 60 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The history of the beautiful London is so rich and it’s hiding . . .  read more

Tate Museum

Yesterday we had the chance to visit the Tate Modern Art Museum. It was very interesting to see how art has changed throughout the years. This piece is called Bust of a Woman by Pablo Picasso in 1944. His art has influenced the world and continues to do so. This was my favorite piece.