Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore

Hello everyone!

Now that I have stable internet, praise the Lord, I can tell you why in the world I disappeared all of a sudden, without even finishing my blog series on food…

I’m in Amsterdam, studying abroad with SIT program focused on International Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality. So gather around kids, I have a lot to tell you…

Right now I am writing this blog right now from my 18th century apartment room which has a private French balcony that is looking at other 18th-17th century houses. If you can’t visualize that beauty, you are more than welcome to follow me on Instagram (idilozer16) so that you can see how life is going for me right now and just envy me.

This beautiful town is called Watergraafsmeer and is a 15-minute tram ride away from Rembrandtplein, which is what Times Square is for New York. My research tells me that this is a neighborhood where UVA (University of Amsterdam) professors, artists and all kinds of intellectuals live but honestly I think only models live here. People are so beautiful, like physically, that it would put Heidi Klum into shame (sorry Heidi, you’re can’t even compete with Dutch women). Weather is not as pretty though, I have to say it is hard to stay warm and dry here but then again it is the best weather to cuddle with a fuzzy blanket and read a quality book. However, adventurers like me -enjoy walking around but prefer to stay dry- would probably appreciate being out there much more than just hanging out in a room. Tram is the best way to get around in the city; I mean it is not London-level good, but at least it is also not as complicated. Not to mention that everyone speaks English, so you don’t have to butcher Dutch language to ask for directions. People here take languages very seriously and makes sure you are fluent in German, French and English by the time you graduate from high school. Now you will probably think twice before you complain about your Spanish 101 class.

The classes didn’t even start yet, but I feel comfortable with saying that I think I will be okay in this city considering that I am on top of everything in terms of school even back home. All signed up for the summer classes and still receiving notifications from all of the departments. So I am outside, but at least not an outsider!

Here are some pictures for your convenience to see what is it like in Amsterdam:

Amsterdam
Amsterdam

My very Dutch room
My very Dutch room

Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Amsterdam
Amsterdam

Gender-neutral restroom
Gender-neutral restroom

 

 

 

 

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Published by Idil Ozer

Senior at Hope. International Studies major, Political Science minor. The Anchor, World News Co-editor. Blogger for the Odyssey and Thought Catalog. Feeds on news, politics and donuts.

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