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Kwi Nam charmed the Dutch

November 29, 2018
This trip is a great learning experience with other four countries.  I am impressed with the different countries use of the English language.  English is not a first language for anyone who is in the group that I am in, but we haven't had a problem communicating. Our group's focus is about the treatment of PTSD in children 0-8.  I love Holland.  I like the landscape, its such a small country, compared to the US.  It is neat to see how the people are organized and respectful of the landscape.  It is really neat to see all of the bicycles that are on the roads here.  I saw small children on their bicycles, and they were so confident.  It is so tidy here, there are canals that help to keep the land dry.  Everyone is so fit here, which since I enjoy running is really fun to see.  I have been able to see some of the city while I was running.  It was nice that there is a place for both pedestrian and bike paths, they are everywhere!  I have made friends with students from Netherlands, they are very kind, respectful, they took the time to tell about the school and this beautiful country.  I hope to come back some day. Kwi Nam Park
 

Sightings from Sarah

November 29, 2018
On Wednesday, November 28th, we gathered to present our research in front of the Crossing Boarders class and the professors. I am in group two which covers the topic of child abuse. We were told to make our presentations creative so it keeps the audience's attention. My group did a powerpoint with pictures that resembled different types of child abuse, and in most of the pictures, I was the child. Even though it was a serious topic, we made sure to keep it light in order to keep everyones att...
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Brooks Big Adventure

November 27, 2018
Today is November 28th, and has it been a busy few days. We spent most of the day at the InHolland University working on our projects and the other part of our day looking for the restaurant where everyone was meeting and eventually getting some food into us. A few of us also did walk through Alkmaar, just to see how pretty the agriculture was, and it was so worth it. It seems that all of our papers are coming along beautifully. We are all almost to the conclusion part of things which mea...
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Euro Tips from Teresa

November 27, 2018
Happy Monday. Today was the first day we meet at the university in Alkmaar, InHolland. We got to meet all of the students, totaling like 50. It was so exciting to put bodies to the names and voices we have been talking with all semester. The first half of the school day we did meet and greet fun stuff and toured the university. The second half we were able to meet with our groups for writing. After school a group of students went to the grocery store to pick up stuff to cook dinner together. ...
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Trey sees the world

November 25, 2018

Hello everyone! My name is Travonne Thompson and I am here to provide a blog post for November 25th2018 for our second day in the Netherlands. Today we had some very good personal bonding time with our group from Maine. I thought today was really beneficial for us to become closer as a personal group because it then allows us to learn a little more about each other since we don’t get to be in an actual classroom throughout the semester because of the format of the course. We started out tod...


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Krystal's view from the sky

November 24, 2018
Wow, what an adventure this is turning out to be! We started off the trip yesterday morning at 8 am, when we left UMM.  For the first part of the trip we had to drive to Boston to the airport; we then flew to Dublin. It was hard for us to grasp the concept of the time change.  When we left Boston, it was 6:20 pm--we arrived in Dublin at 5:30 am.  There is a 5 hour time difference, the flight was actually 5 hours not 11!  From Dublin we flew to Amsterdam where the time changed one more hour, b...
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Here we are 2018 Crossing Borders

November 24, 2018
How lucky am I to get to experience travel with my students. the semester has been full of ups and downs -- stress over the paper and exploring different cultures virtually. Now we have arrived in the Netherlands for the intensive week, and are settling in to the bungalows. The students from Norway, Germany and Russia have arrived too, grocery shopping done and we will try to stay up just a little longer so that sleep will come quickly and we will be ready for our day of exploration tomorrow ...
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Shayna Jester Friday December 1

December 1, 2017

The day starts out groggy, it's 6 AM and I'm getting out of bed. Tired from a night with good friends and dancing, I get up and make myself a cup of tea. The stove won't start, so much for making everybody breakfast. It's now 7:30 AM and the sun still hasn't full risen. It's our last day in Holland, and all of the student from UMaine Machias are going into Amsterdam. Fast forward to 9 AM - public transportation; goodness isn't it confusing and gross? We get off the bus and he...


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Ryan Economy November 30

December 1, 2017
We started off the day by going to the school and doing some end of week feedback. People had some interesting thoughts and one that stuck to me was when someone said there should be more of a structure but Hans-Jan made a good point where the friction among the groups is a huge part of this class and that’s what makes this class so special. We work hard and learn to work together but it does require some pressure. The pressure we work together makes us learn stronger and help out in the fu...
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Dara Economy Sunday 11/26

December 1, 2017

 Sunday morning we woke up from our first full night of sleep at Jamarco. We had cereal for breakfast and dressed warm for our day at the windmills. We met in Dr. Lori’s bungalow at 9:00AM and met Sammy and Tiffany who were our chauffeurs for the day. Tiffany and Sammy were students of crossing boarders last year. Before leaving, we invited the all students who arrived the night before and four German students joined. We piled into the van and Tiffany’s car and were on ou...


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