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 and work on the paper begins in Ernest Monday!!!

The 2018 Maine crew hopes you enjoy following our stories this week on this blog. We hope that you will experience the beauty of the Netherlands and the people we meet along the way.