My experience in the Netherlands started when I arrived at Amsterdam’s Centraal station. From my interim in Greece, I had flown to Stuttgart to visit a friend, and from there I took a high speed train to my current home. Germany was a great experience- Eva and her father took me to see a nearby castle and I visited Eva’s university in Freiburg before leaving. I plan to go back to their house for Easter break and travel around Germany with them.
After a 6 1/2 hour train ride to Amsterdam, my professor and his wife picked me up at Centraal Station. I was supposed to go stay with the Netherlands interim group for the first night because none of the other students were here and I couldn't yet get into my apartment but there was some confusion and when I got to the train station downtown, we found out that the interim group was still on an excursion in a distant town. So instead, we walked all over downtown looking for a hostel. We went to one Christian hostel and they were full but they told us to walk all the way across the city to their sister hostel (which was right by the Red Light District) so we did that and they had room there! It was very interesting first night- but it was great that I got to walk around the city a bit right off the bat.
The next morning, I took the tram to my apartment and did all the registration. I’ve been to the university once but everything is a bit complicated here with registering for classes so I’m a bit confused of when and where they are but I'll figure it out and will attend them next week haha.
View from castle