The Netherlands Day 3: Rijksmuseum, Bloemenmarkt, and Cheese Fondue!

The third day of our Netherlands trip was spent continuing to explore what Amsterdam has to offer! The Rijksmuseum First, we headed to the Rijksmuseum, which is located adjacent to the Van Gogh Museum (which we visited yesterday). Again, we bought the tickets online ahead of time, so getting in was quick and seamless. Outside … Continue reading The Netherlands Day 3: Rijksmuseum, Bloemenmarkt, and Cheese Fondue!

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The Netherlands Day 2: Van Gogh, Apple Pie & Canal Tour

  Our first full day in the Netherlands was a cloudy one. The sky was completely overcast, and I thought, "darn, it's not going to look cute in pictures". But on the plus side, there will be no harsh sunlight in my face, so I will look cute in pictures 🙂 Our plan for today … Continue reading The Netherlands Day 2: Van Gogh, Apple Pie & Canal Tour

Shengsi Island: Weekend Getaway from Shanghai

Around the middle of May, about halfway into my study abroad program in Shanghai, I started feeling homesick for the sun, sand, and ocean waves of the California coastline. An online search yielded no results for beaches within Shanghai, so I settled on a weekend getaway to the nearby Shengsi Islands.