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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 today by visiting the Zaans Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands which tells the history of Zaandan Holland and the Chocolate and Biscuit factory. We were able to visit what was described to us as a “windmill graveyard” which was amazing! There were so many different windmills and stores there! We were able to purchase and taste some of the best chocolate and cheese that I have ever had in my life! Also, we visited a shop that created clogs, which was so nice. We then headed over to Egmund aan Zee, Netherlands for a very amazing cultural dinner where we were served some really amazing food! Today was a really great day and I’m excited for our classes to get started tomorrow! 

Just to add, so far for me this has been an exceptional trip. This is my first time leaving the country and just from the flights yesterday to Dublin and to Amsterdam. I’ve really enjoyed the hospitality from the people in Schoorl, the workers in the grocery stores and also the amazing hospitality that the people of this beautiful country have showed us here. I am very happy to be able to have experienced this with this amazing group... even though I am the only guy J

 

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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CB 2017 Just being silly

December 1, 2017


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Rowan Hodgdon Wednesday November 29

December 1, 2017

Today was the day that we had our presentations! Since it was going to be a pretty intense day of listening to a lot people talking and absorbing a lot of information, we were all allowed to sleep in. We haven’t exactly been getting up too early, at least in my opinion, but I prefer to sleep in until around nine or nine thirty, and we had not being doing that up to this day.

  It was a little crazy trying to figure out where to go. We got there in time to participate in yo...


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Dawn Johnson Tuesday November 28

December 1, 2017

On Tuesday, November 28, we started off our day at 9am beginning with the usual bit of housekeeping to ensure we were all on the same page. Today, the groups hit the paper and presentations hard. At times the work was intense and a bit stressful but all of the groups got a surprising amount of work done.

After the on campus part of the day was done, some students went to Alkmaar to shop and decompress from the long hard day of work. Shayna and I got a little lost and had a h...


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Dara Economy Monday November 27

December 1, 2017

      On Monday we started our day having breakfast in our bungalow. We left the bungalow at 9:30 to get to the college at 10. The college was beautiful! There were live plants going up poles near the stairs and live pants that cover the walls. We first met some professors and a few students in the lobby. We were able to recognize some students from the video chats and introduced ourselves. Followed, all the students and professors met in the cafeteria. We mixed and mingled, ...


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