Dutch Trains

My last long distance train travel for awhile is from Hamburg to Utrecht and back. I’ve always liked the Netherlands as a tourist, but after visiting Brianne, an American friend, multiple times in multiple cities, the country has taken on a new meaning for me. We started out in Europe on the same study abroad program. After finishing our undergrad degrees, we struck out on different, yet somewhat parallel paths. Through her, I got to experience a cross section of life stations in the Netherlands: student life, unemployment and random jobs, long-distance dating, marriage, doctoral research. Visiting her and her Dutch husband offered me a familiar haven during a time when all of my friendships in a new place were less than 4 weeks old. Now I am on my way to meet their baby daughter. Continue reading