Zaanse Schans: The Town that Smells like Chocolate

In the 18th and 19th centuries, this region was an industrial area with windmills producing oil, paint, spices, and other products. The traditional look and feel has been preserved, and today Zaanse Schans attracts thousands of visitors every year who come to enjoy its beauty and experience the history, canals, and windmills.


The Netherlands Day 1: Exploring de Pijp

Windmills, apple pie, blooming tulip fields, pancakes, museums and canals...  In April, I spent 10 days in the Netherlands with my girlfriends Stephanie, Michelle, and Michelle. We were looking forward to experiencing all of the above and more! Did the Netherlands live up to our expectations? Read on...

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.