Hello all, Kelli here!
Last weekend I went on my very first independent trip! One of the great things about the Nottingham program is the proximity to mainland Europe. This makes it super easy to travel when you have a free weekend. With my free weekend I decided to visit my friend from high school who is currently studying in Amsterdam.
I set off on a Thursday after my uni classes ended for the week. This was my very first time traveling all by myself, so I allotted plenty of time to get to time get to the airport in London. After a very calm train ride and flight, I landed in Amsterdam and met up with my friend.
On Friday my friend and I headed into the city center. While he went to practice piano at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he is a student, I wandered around the city center taking in the sites. I loved walking along the canals, admiring the architecture, and checking out the shops. It was wonderful to experience the city by myself because I could stop to take pictures and soak up my surroundings at my own pace.
The Van Gogh Museum was one of my favorite parts of Amsterdam. The Van Gogh Museum houses the largest collection of Van Gogh’s works in the world. The museum highlights his artistic journey as well as his struggles with mental health. It was very striking to see how his art transformed and was influenced by his interactions with other artists. It was very interesting to see the art he made during his time in a mental health hospital and how he influenced the future of the art world.
On Saturday my friend and I went to the Avocado Show, a restaurant dedicated entirely to avocado-based dishes! We had avocado eggs benedict, avocado toast, and nachos with guacamole. It was some of the best food I've ever had, and we were stuffed by the time we left!
At the Amsterdam Museum I spent some time learning about the history of Amsterdam, the canals, and the Dutch East India Trading Company. There was plently of information, historical artifacts, and art to admire.
I had a great time visiting my friend and experiencing Amsterdam with him! The ability to travel for relatively cheap is a wonderful aspect of living in Nottingham. This afternoon the Nottingham group is leaving for a group trip to Wales where we’ll have even more adventures.