Things I love (I put pictures when applicable):

Hagelslag (in the Netherlands, chocolade hagelslag or chocolate sprinkles, is used as a sandwich topping)

Vla (type of custard)


Pea soup

Frisian bakeries



Dutch pancakes

The amount of leisure and family time they spend

Street art

There are so many cool places to sit outside

The water gets hot really quickly

There are so many amazing cities a short train ride away from anywhere you are in the Netherlands

The men dress incredibly well

And there are an abundance of attractive men

People aren’t as loud and obnoxious on trains, in the streets, airports, etc

Springtime in the Netherlands

Living in a smaller, more quaint city than Amsterdam

Living in such a multicultural city

Things I don’t love:

That everything closes so early

I almost get hit by a bike everyday

All the pigeons

They don’t use ice

I have no idea what anyone is saying

Looking nosey when I unknowingly look into someones windows while walking down the street

Grocery shopping is still difficult at times

When people find our I’m American sometimes that seems to be the only thing I am

Feeling stupid because I only know English

It was honestly quite hard to think of things I don’t love about this place. I’ve really grown to be quite fond of it and I feel torn when I think about leaving.


About Ivy

I'm Ivy. 23 years old, resident of the great state of North Carolina. Lover of music, tea, unicorns, traveling and daydreaming. I have one blog about my semester abroad in the Netherlands. The other is a compilation of things I've written.
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