July 11, 2018

While living in the Netherlands, I caught glimpses of my other homes. Vibrant orange poppies and energy-generating windmills churning like futuristic robots transported me to California. The flat farmland filled with a children’s book of farm animals brought me back to...

June 18, 2018

One of my favorite parts of living abroad was when friends from home traveled to Amsterdam. Not only did these visits give us a chance to catch up, but they also provided an opportunity for me to share all of my new favorite places. If you plan to take a trip to the Ne...

May 14, 2018

Prior to moving to the Netherlands, I tapped into the Fulbright network and emailed everyone asking for tips about the transition to Dutch living. My underlying hope was that I would also make some friends. A handful of people sent me pragmatic lengthy emails filled wi...

April 30, 2018

This blog entry is dedicated to my third month researching in The Netherlands, all the amazing people who came to visit for their Holland Days, and to some hockey shenanigans in Barcelona. You can put away your reading glasses and tissues (if you want to cry read this...

March 29, 2018

People claim that going to a zen buddhist retreat will cleanse your body and soul. I did not expect the saying to be so literal.  


Adrienne, a fellow Fulbrighter studying comprehensive sex education in The Netherlands, has quickly become one of my closest friends and t...

March 22, 2018

Three photo filled segments coming at you: schools, hockey, and friends! 

School Visits 

Books that actually represent gender, sex, sexual orientation, and racial diversity. 

 Condom-ception: Training teachers how to train students how to put on condoms...

Just checking ou...

March 12, 2018

The best compliment that I have received since moving to Amsterdam came from my past roommates Renske and Shaun (I am still in denial that they were just my AirBnB hosts). In my online guest review they described me as ‘gezellig’.

Gezellig literally means ‘cozy’, but I...

February 11, 2018

Since moving to Amsterdam, I have been battling the obligatory feeling to document everything, with wanting to just experience the moment and take it all in. However, I have still been snapping shots of the crazy amazing things that I've encountered, which I now just h...

January 30, 2018

Who doesn’t love great gear? Once I find stuff that I love, I immediately turn into a salesperson. Honestly, I feel like I should start asking for commission. Based on your past purchases (whatever they are), Amber-zon suggests the following: any book by Audre Lorde, t...

January 23, 2018

One of my favorite parts about living in New York was combining friend groups from different aspects of my life. Hockey friends, rugby friends, work friends—connecting people was a weekly occurrence. Needless to say, moving to a new country where I knew hardly anyone w...

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