Monthly Archives: July 2011

Rich and Delicious Belgium!

Nicole Evanger, a senior Accounting major at ECU, writes about a free day in Brussels, Belgium. Excited to experience the waffles, chocolate, architecture, and overall culture of Belgium, Nicole ventured around the city enjoying every step of the way.

She writes on July 2nd, 2011,

“Today started off bright and early in Groesbeek, when a group of small students and I all caught the earliest bus to Nijmegen.  We had planned a trip to Brussels, Belguim for our free day and bought train tickets the previous day.  I was very excited because I had never traveled on a train or been anywhere else in Europe.  As we arrived to the train station the first thing I smelled when we got off the train was real Belgian waffles.  They smelled delicious and right then we decided that we had to try one when we got into downtown.

As we began making our way toward downtown I noticed all the tall beautiful buildings.  I was surprised to see that this city had newer skyscrapers as well as very old architecture. Once we made it into the center of the city the buildings and cathedrals were so old and built with so much intricate detail that I have never seen.  I felt like I had fallen back in time or into a movie with the stone buildings and all the sculptures.  Everywhere you look or walk to in the city seems to have its own unique feel to it, as there were so many things it offered.

After being exposed to the Dutch language during our time  in the Netherlands it was strange to hear all the French in Brussels.  When we asked a local what they the were like he said it was a mixture of everyone there and depending on where you travel in the city determines what type of people you will find there. We noticed that Brussels was crawling with other tourists like ourselves also searching for things to see and foods to try.

There were so many different types of food to eat and so many shops to discover.  We decided to get some local food and have a Belgian beer.   We each ordered something different and all the food was incredible.  After our meal we continued our adventure with a goal to find some incredible Belgian chocolate that I’ve heard I had to try.  While we walked further and further into the city the streets got more and more crowded with a melting pot of cultures.  Walking through the crowd I had to keep my head up so I wouldn’t lose my group and get lost in the sea of people.  More than anything we went to many different chocolate shops.  Every store we explored offered something different.  The chocolate that we bought was so rich and delicious.  It literally melted in your mouth and offered a combination of flavors.  I’ve never tasted such amazing chocolate before so I had to buy some to bring back to America.

Throughout the city we stumbled upon so many different sights and remarkable landmarks.  One of my favorites was a statue named “Manneken Pis”.   This statues current version was created in 1619 and is a sculpture of a little bronze naked boy peeing.  When we found it I was surprised to find him fully clothed in a shirt, shorts, and a hat.  We also Brussels grand place which dates back to the 15 century, Royal Square, and the St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral.  All the buildings took my breath away because in America there are not buildings that date as far back or that are built the way Brussels was built.

After our long adventure through the city we were tired and ready to return to Groesbeek.  One our venture back to the train station we bought authentic Belgian waffles for dessert.  Mine was covered in fresh strawberries and warm chocolate.  It was so delicious and rich in favors; I have never tried a Belgian waffle in the States that tasted so delectable. After we devoured our treats we were finally back and the train station and waiting patiently to catch our long train ride back to Nijmegen. Belgium was such a rich and beautiful city that offered so many good foods and unique sights along with a whole mecca of different people, dress, and culture.  Brussels is a city I could spend many days exploring because it had so many wonderful things to offer that we couldn’t squeeze into one day.  All in all our excursion to Belgium was one that I will remember for many years to come.”


Accumulated Memories in Amsterdam!

Nigel Barefoot, a senior Marketing major, writes about an activity packed day in Amsterdam. Not able to choose what his favorite experience was, Nigel admits that he believes that Amsterdam was the best city to experience abroad.

“Day seven of our trip in the Netherlands was a day tour of Amsterdam. Our group arrived in Amsterdam around 10am and our first destination was to be a canal tour throughout the heart of the city. As soon as our bus came to a stop we were off it and into the hectic hum of the busy city streets. As we found the dock where our canal tour boat was located we stopped for a quick second to take a group photo. The ensuing tour was great and we were fortunate enough to have clear weather despite us having seen rain on the windshield during our drive to Amsterdam.

The next stop on the tour was Dam square where I casually ate and watched the people go about their day around me. A grand palace is located right on the square along with Madame Tussaud’s. This was a very busy city center area that is heavily congested with all forms of traffic from people walking, bike riders, trains and cars. One thing I mentioned during lunch was that the Dutch like to put cucumbers in every meal. A club sandwich on freshly made bread from a delicatessen on the square was a great way to soak in the happenings on the square. It was delicious!

Following lunch the group walked to the Anne Frank House museum where we were shown what the house originally looked like during the WWII era along with actual pieces of her diary. The tour was quite intense and by the end of the tour you truly feel that you know who the person Anne Frank was and what she had to experience and endure as a result of the Nazi assault on Europe during those years. The area of the house where the family hid was actually located behind a false door that was normally covered by a bookcase. Once past this bookcase each person had to ascend steps that were some of the steepest I have ever climbed. We were practically able to walk through the multiple areas and levels that made up the labyrinth of this office building. Upon leaving the museum and reflecting internally on what I had experienced, I can only conclude that the human desire to live will endure and inspire travelers to tour this site for many future generations to come. I am truly glad that we got to experience this while visiting Amsterdam.

Our group has been able to experience so much in the past week that it is hard to say what has been the best experience. I do however feel that the best location to have these experiences was in Amsterdam. The different boroughs of the city allow tourist to walk throughout the city and see seemingly endless amounts of shops, municipal buildings, churches and other points of interest. Every activity that our group was able to experience while in Amsterdam will be a memory that I will always remember. These memories will surely lead me back to Amsterdam again, in the near future I hope.”


Relax, Unwind, and Break From the Grind!

Joseph Valesko, a student at ECU, describes a much needed free day! After experiencing a very fast pace during the beginning of the trip, Joseph tries to enjoy his free day to the fullest! From a little quiet time, to multi course meals, it is a day well spent!

“Today was a wonderful day! The pace of the day started out nice and slow as today was our free day. This was a well needed break from the pace we had been keeping and helped to offset the results of jetlag that we had all been dealing with. I was the first in the villa to wake; around eleven. I took advantage of this quiet moment. Sitting outside on our back porch, I reflected on the experiences encountered thus far at HAN University and in the Netherlands. I was in awe at how much I had learned and experienced about a new culture in just a few days and how much our ECU group had bonded. After awhile a few others started to wake up, and the day was started. We still had bikes we had rented the day before, so we decided to take an adventure into Groesbeek to look for a good place to eat. Most of the restaurants were closed, being a Sunday, including the one we really wanted to go to, but we found an awesome place to eat none the less.

The restaurant was called Heeren Van Groesbeek and it filled with locals. It was right on the corner, in the heart of Groesbeek. We sat outside on the patio to watch everything that was happening. We thought this was going to be a quick lunch but it turned into a long meal. None of us minded the slow pace and multi course meal about to be served. The mood of the group was great and I started out with a bowl of French onion soup. Back in the states I hated French onion soup, but this was very different. This soup was incredible, it had clumps of local cheese and bread, and it was delicious! My main course was called “Hawin tosta”, which is a ham, cheese and pineapple sandwich, grilled in the fashion of a grilled cheese. The combination of tastes and the freshness of the ingredients made this an incredible sandwich. For the second day in a row, I started the day off with a nice warm coffee.

After we ate we went back to our villas to catch up with the rest of the group. We all got together and played a game of catch in a beautiful green field; it felt great to get some exercise and unwind. After a rest, we decided to go into the city of Nijmegen to hang out and get some dinner. Without having the bikes anymore, we had to make the long journey to catch the bus. When we arrived in the city, there was not much activity. Most of the stores were closed, as were many of the restaurants and pubs. With the lack of activity, we settled in at a local coffee café. The architecture of the cafe allowed for a seating area on the roof that we headed to and ordered a coffee. After being outside for awhile, it started to get cool and the clouds rolled in; this was classic Dutch weather given the time of year. We went back inside, hung out down stairs and played pool before deciding where to go get some dinner.

We left the coffee café and went to Panache, where I got a three course meal special. Much of my decision was based on the advertisement in the restaurant window. First course was soup; I got chicken noodle with huge chunks of fresh chicken and local vegetables. The main course was fried fish and fries. This was first seafood I had on the trip and it was delicious, and the fries, a Dutch specialty, were always amazing and usually served with mayonnaise. The meal ended with the third course, a huge ice cream Sunday…awesome. After we paid, we went back to the café to continue our pool game, which had become a competition. We finished up and caught the bus back to our villas. It would be an early night after a great day of leisure in the Netherlands.”

Savoring the Day in The Netherlands!

Trent Coppersmith, a Junior Finance major at ECU, writes about some of his food indulgences on the last day of his trip, along with his overall observations of the Dutch culture. After experiencing a bit of a culture shock, Trent describes his interactions with the Dutch as an enjoyable and humbling experience. He writes,

“After celebrating my friend and group member Weston‘s 21st birthday downtown in the city of Nijmegen the night before, I woke up greeting the afternoon to a very empty stomach. As a result of this, a couple of group members and I biked into the town of Groesbeek and stopped at a nice small restaurant called Heeren Van Groesbeek. I started off with some of the Dutch’s finest koffie and then had a ham and cheese toasty with a side of fresh fruits.  Finishing off the last of my koffie and digesting my food, my group members and I paid the waiter and continued riding through the town on our bikes.  After riding for a while, we ventured back to the Seven Hill’s villas to regroup with the rest of our group.

Later in the day, a couple of group members and I made our way back to the City of Nijmegen and we stopped at a lunch snack shop to indulge in some of the delicacies that the Netherlands has to offer. The place we ate at served a lamb meat called shoarma. It tasted more like a bourbon street chicken but was cooked and sliced like roast beef. It was a pan friend meat served with sautéed vegetables and a whiskey sauce along with a side of “frits” which are just like America’s freedom fries. “Frit’s” are very common here, and I think with just about every main course in the Netherlands is served with them. The fries served here in the Netherlands are definitely some of the best I’ve ever ate, I kid you not! So after the group and I digested our food from the snack shop, we made our way out onto the streets of Nijmegen, visiting a various assortment of stores and shops, checking out different products purchasing a couple of gifts to take back to family and friends. We stayed in the city of Nijmegen until nightfall and then made our way back to return our bike rentals on time to the Seven Hills accommodations.

When walking around the town of Nijmegen, it’s very easy to get caught up in viewing all of the immaculate scenery with ancient ties, and taking in all of the breath taking (or giving) vegetation. While viewing all of these things here in the Netherlands, you better not be standing in the bike lane because you will get hit with your only warning being a petite bike bell! Being here in the Netherlands in the town of Groesbeek as well as the City of Nijmegen, definitely helps numb some of the culture shock prior to today. I have to say the biggest shock to me was the fact that the Dutch could communicate with me, but I couldn’t communicate with them nearly as effectively.  This was obviously due to the fact that I haven’t ever taken the time to learn the Dutch language, whereas the Dutch have been learning the English language since they were in grade school.  Dealing with the Dutch is a very enjoyable and a very humbling experience once you begin to understand their culture and the reasons for doing things the way they do. They are a very modest population, and they are very straightforward with you in their conversations.”

The Culture of Cycling!

Kyle Phillips, a senior Finance major at ECU, stresses the importance of fully indulging in different cultures in order to understand them best. During his visit to the Netherlands, he and a few other students decided to experience the cultural norm of cycling. He writes…

“In order to really get an understanding of a certain culture, I find that the best way is to take a walk in their shoes and try to see things from their perspective. Many times, this “stepping outside of the box” can feel strange for some. Aside from all of the obvious stereotypes the Dutch have (ex. windmills, wooden shoes, etc…), there is one particular characteristic about their culture that sets them apart from the United States. Cycling is an aspect of the Dutch culture that dates back many years. In Holland, nearly 85 percent of the population own at least one bicycle which amounts to almost 16 million bicycles spread across the country! Not to mention there are currently more people that ride bicycles than drive automobiles. As a way of paying respect to this cultural norm, we decided to rent a few bicycles for the day.

After a week of classes at HAN University behind us, we were given the second weekend in the Netherlands to ourselves. On Saturday morning, several of the guys and myself saddled up our bikes that we had rented for €10,00 and began our journey east. The city of Groesbeek is one of the Netherlands most eastern provinces and sits right on the border of Germany. After about 20 kilometers of riding we had finally crossed over into what appeared to be a very rural farmland part of Germany. What took me by surprise was that even though the Netherlands and Germany sit as neighboring countries, they still uphold their architectural and agricultural differences. Once we decided that we had seen enough, we turned around and headed back towards Groesbeek.

For almost a week we had been making the 10 to 15 minute walk from our villas at the Seven Hills Resort into downtown Groesbeek. On bicycle, it took us less than 5 minutes. It was amazing how much time we saved and how much more of the town we were able to explore. The Dutch have a particular skill in urban planning and the bike roads serve as a testament to this expertise. We continued to ride around for the remainder of the day until about 6 o’clock P.M. and then headed back home for some dinner.

At around 8 o’clock we all decided to take the bus to Nijmegen to celebrate one of our group member’s birthday. On Friday and Saturday nights, Molenstraat Square fills with college students from such universities as HAN and Radbound to unwind after a long week of class. It was nice being able to mingle with the locals and especially get to know some of those that were our age. It’s fascinating to hear what college students from other countries think about the U.S. More interestingly is how much different Americans really are from the rest of the world. I think that hearing the views and opinions that people from other countries have of Americans gives us a better insight to how we conduct ourselves, which in turn can help us to become global citizens.”


Appetite for Amsterdam!

Allen Kaleel, a senior Finance major at ECU, took a free day to explore more of Amsterdam. While wandering around the city searching for the famous “I Amsterdam” sign, Allen and other students are intrigued by the abundance of bakeries! He writes…

July 3rd, 2011

“A couple of us decided to head up to Amsterdam again today to get a bigger taste of the city.  We figured we needed a little more time to take in all of Amsterdam.  Even after today I feel like we don’t even know the half of it; but I would say that we did really well with the time that we did have.  We didn’t have any problems with the train; it was a straight shot from Nijmegen to Amsterdam.  We arrived in the city around 11am and took off.

My first objective for the day was to go see the “I Amsterdam” sign.  We figured it was a good place to head to first since it was pretty far away from the train station; and then we would gradually work our way back.  Jon, Meredith, Marisa and I wandered started heading that way but were distracted by almost everything.  We stopped by a bakery to get a Belgian waffle not too long after we set off.  It was exactly what I needed to start the day off, fried dough lathered in powdered sugar.  This led to stopping in almost every bakery we passed for the rest of the day to see if we found anything else that caught our eye.

After an hour or so off wandering around and shopping for gifts to bring people back home we finally stumbled on the “I Amsterdam” sign.  This place was crawling with people.  They were taking pictures and climbing all over the sign like it was a jungle gym.  So we figured we would join them.  All of us were climbing on this thing as if we were all back in elementary school out for recess.  This ended up being a very good photo opportunity as well.  After finishing up with our pictures there, we walked off to see what else Amsterdam had in store for us.

We stumbled upon a street break dancing group that had a huge crowd all around them.  They were blasting music and dancing in the middle of a square in the middle of Amsterdam.  I snagged a couple pictures holding my camera through the crowd then we were off.

Not too long after the break dancing we found an upscale part of the city.  The whole street was lined with designer stores ranging from Lacoste to Gucci and Armani.  The girls were drooling at the site of almost every store.  We had to get out of their quick before any of us got into some financial trouble.

A couple kilometers and stores later I was finally able to find something to get some of my family back home from my trip.  At this point my book bag was stuffed to the brim with gifts, and we were ready to head back to Nijmegen.  So we made our way back through Dam Square to the train station.  I still feel like there is more to Amsterdam but I don’t have nearly enough time to do all of that on this trip; but I lived up the time that I had.  This concluded another exciting and eventful day in the Netherlands.”


Hello Beautiful Belgium!

Amber Harrison, a student at ECU, took an adventure to Brussels in Belgium where she experienced a very different atmosphere than she did in the Netherlands. From the change in scenery, to the language barrier, Harrison describes an experience that she will remember always! She writes…

July 2nd, 2011

“Brussels Belgium is a place I will gladly recommend to anyone who visits Europe! I had the time of my life today. I took a train into Brussels, and it was difficult at first but we caught on fast. Three of us girls from the trip and some of the guys all rode together which made things a little easier. It was an experience seeing the country side from the train window. Buildings looked so ancient, and it was a normal occurrence for the people from Europe riding the train for transportation.

When we walked off the train into Belgium, I automatically noticed a significant change in scenery and people. I heard French left and right when I was so use to hearing Dutch. People were shorter and of a different ethnicity. They almost looked Turkish and many I believe were from France. The buildings were huge and complex in structure. The cathedrals were so handcrafted and detailed. I felt like I just walked into New York City but in a different country. There was no simplicity about Brussels. People also drove some very nice cars and there were plenty of tourists.

The first thing we did was find something to eat. We found a very nice Belgium restaurant. The waiter spoke French and it was difficult for him to speak English. We had a man come buy playing an instrument for us and we ended up tipping him. I noticed a lot of poor people begging for money in the streets. Some of the women were holding their babies begging for money. I just could not fathom how it is such normal occurrence for beggars to be in the streets like that.

I ran for the first Belgium waffle place I found at a vendor and it had white chocolate with strawberries on top. It was some seriously rich chocolate. I have never tasted anything like it. People here take their time in making their food and it is so natural to do so. When we spoke English people stared hard because we for the first time were the minorities. Walking the crowded streets I had to clutch my purse close because a man warned us about the stealing. After the indulging of chocolate we saw the famous statue of the little boy urinating. People crowded and took pictures of the statue that was dressed in a little outfit. I guess they wanted to put humor by putting clothes on the statue but I felt as if it took a lot away from the statue.

The girls and I went into little shops and found that clothes are much more expensive in Belgium rather than the Netherlands. I found a dress I could have bought for twenty dollars in the United States and instead it was a good fifty Euros. Then when I did decide to buy something it was so hard trying to converse in English. The language barrier was much harder in Belgium. They were definitely not as fluent in English as the Dutch people of the Netherlands were. All in all I had the time of my life and experienced so many different things. I will take this with me for the rest of my life!”

Flowers Flowers Everywhere! Student Explores Stock Exchange of Flowers!

Marisa Melchiorre, a Junior International Business student at ECU, got a chance to experience FloraHolland, an incredible stock exchange of flowers in the Netherlands. Marisa, from Pennsylvania, writes about the enormous gathering of flowers at the auction and her observations throughout the experience. She writes…

“When our trip schedule for Friday July 1st was available and directed us to be on the bus at 5 am to head to Amsterdam, I was not excited about waking up at 4 am. The night before our bus was to leave, I could hardly sleep. I could not wait to see the busy city life and the beautiful canals that curved in and out of the city.

We all loaded onto the bus and quickly fell back asleep. When we woke up, we were in Amsterdam! Buses whipped past pedestrians, not hesitating to run over someone. The streets were swarming with bicycles everywhere and people crowding the streets. The first activity on our agenda was to visit Flora Holland, the stock exchange of flowers. With over 3,500 exporters and wholesalers and 125,000 action transactions every day making it the world’s largest flower auction. It is made up of three export centers in Aalsmeer, Naaldwijk and Rijnsburg. We started our tour of the Aalsmeer center with exploring the facility that is over 500 soccer fields! The facility was lined with rows and rows of beautiful, exotic, and vibrant flowers from all over Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Belgium. The employees drive little vehicles to transport the flowers all around the facility. With the quality of the flowers at risk, the employees drive the vehicles so fast they bump into each other like bumper cars. We continued our tour and visited the auction room.  The room was filled with hundreds of computers and a huge auction clock that instead of increasing in price as the auction continues, the price actually decreases making the auction process a lot faster. Auctions are also available on the Internet for customers that are not able to be present in the auction room. The flowers pass through each auction room so buyers can see the flowers’ condition before making a final purchase. The auctions normally last from 6 AM till about 11 AM. While watching the auction, I noticed that all of the auctioneers were male. I was informed that most auctioneers are male because they must wake up very early in the night to prepare for the auction and females are usually taking care of the household and watching the children. The auction is a very complex process and takes over a year to learn. We then headed to the testing center where all of the flowers are tested for the internal quality of the plants and to test existing and new varieties of plants. The floricultural chain consists of the enhancer/breeder of flowers then transported to the growers. After the growers grow and pick the flowers, they are again transported to the auction then to the exporter. The exporter is responsible for transporting their product to their retails then finally sold to consumers.  Holland is very proud to be able to provide an assortment of flowers for all over the world and has made the flower auction a strong, successful business.

Our trip to Amsterdam continued with our canal tour through the canals that gave us a stunning view of the buildings and the architecture. The tour took us under bridges and past the churches. The houses along the canal were small and connected because in the past, the population was extremely high and housing was needed to provide shelter for the people. On the houses hung striking flowers that complimented the natural colors of the houses.  We past the Anne Frank house, where the story of a young girl named Anne hid in a house to escape the Nazis and wrote a journal of her experiences. Along the banks of the canals were docked numerous floated houses where many residents of Amsterdam live. The houses were very small but most of them had gardens on the back of them! The canal tour was a great way to see the city from a different perspective and was very relaxing. The Dutch have so many things to be proud of between all of the monumental artifacts from the Anne Frank house to the long canals throughout the city. Some students and I are planning to go back to Amsterdam in the next few days to explore more of the city. Next on my agenda for Amsterdam is experiencing the Van Gough museum!”



A Student Blogs About Her Adventures in Amsterdam!

Ashby Brame, a student currently enrolled in the MBA program at ECU, explored Amsterdam and the Anne Frank Museum on July 1st, 2011. From her travels, she writes…

July 1st, 2011

“We cannot change what happened anymore. The only thing we can do is to learn from the past and to realize what discrimination and persecution of innocent people means. I believe that it’s everyone’s responsibility to fight prejudice.”

“So reads a memorable quote from Otto Frank, written on the display cases of the Anne Frank museum.  How fascinating to discover that much like the world has come to know Anne Frank through her diary, her Father also discovered the secret heart of his youngest child.  The displays at the museum say that he was amazed to discover the Anne he experienced through the pages of her diary as he read them after her death, in comparison to the Anne he had known as his child.   The museum in Amsterdam that we visited today is located next to, and is connected with, the original office building in which Anne and her family hid for so long during the Holocaust.  Along with preserving the historical aspect of the site, the museum is also dedicated to using Anne’s words and memory to remind us of the consequences that follow hatred and discrimination.

I, like many other students, have read The Diary of Anne Frank.  I remember clearly wondering what it would have been like to remain indoors for 2 years.  I remember trying to imagine what a life in hiding would have been like; to never be seen, to never be heard, to know that your very existence depended on your ability to not exist, to hide yourself from the outside world.  But, as the museum tour reminded me today, Anne’s diary is not simply about the trials of living in hiding.  The diary is really about the trials of the human spirit.  Anne’s words and reflections show a sharp mind seeking understanding in the face of baseless hatred, reason in the face of chaos.  Anne often talks of her dreams, goals, and personal ambitions.  And I marvel at her audacity to maintain vision.  What courage and strength it must have taken to have hope in a life so full of fear and uncertainty.  It gives me the courage to have hope that tomorrow will be different than today, and that the fears and prejudices of the modern world will someday be a part of the past.

Along with the Anne Frank museum in the afternoon, our day trip to Amsterdam included a visit to Flora Holland, a canal boat tour of the city, and an on-your-own lunch excursion that the girls managed to turn into shopping.  Flora Holland is the premiere market for buying and selling flowers in Europe.  They export billions of flowers every year into the European countries surrounding the Netherlands.  We managed to get a group picture in one of the cool houses that stored plants for direct sell from grower to exporter.  It was a little bit of work to fit us all into the frame.

Everyone was very interested in the auction process and the speed at which the process was being accomplished by each department within the warehouse.  Just to give you some perspective, the warehouse alone has a floor space equal to about 22 football fields.  From the moment a flower is picked by a grower, to the moment the auction hands the flowers over to the exporter who paid for them only 24 hours have passed.  In addition to the sheer amount of flowers going being sold and bought, Flora Holland also differentiates their brand by offering consulting services, mediation services between growers and buyers, as well as conducting in-house research on the life of cut flowers and the cultivation and breeding of new types of flowers and plants.  I was very much in awe of the entire operation.

I have not yet decided whether I love Amsterdam or not.  I am trying to be as honest as possible so, to be honest, the verdict is still out.  I find it very interesting and picturesque.  I enjoy the history and I also usually enjoy large cities.  However, I was not overly in awe of any one particular place or aspect that was characteristically Amsterdam.  I do like the following picture I took of one of the many canals that cut through the city.  I took it while walking, trying to keep up with the group, and I saw many postcards with similar pictures— it is the quintessential image of Amsterdam.


Tomorrow is Brussels for the day with some of the girls and I am very excited.  I love the train and enjoy taking it anywhere in Europe.  At least I can “sleep in” tomorrow morning.  Of course, compared to this morning’s bus departure time of 3:00 A.M., 6:00 A.M. seems like sleeping in.”


The COB Ventures to the Netherlands!

On June 24th, several students in the COB embarked on a unique journey to the Netherlands. With two weeks to explore the country, the students were presented with an itinerary of planned events, along with scattered slots of free time to indulge in. During their stay, the students were asked to write about their experiences in order to share their adventures with anyone willing to listen. With this said, I will be featuring interesting stories from the traveling students over the next week!