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North America » United States » Washington » Bellevue June 19th 2007

Well, I have my backpack packed and ready go to on my trip tomorrow! I'm quite excited though sad to say goodbye to my family (I'm always crying when I say goodbye to them, whether I want to or not, haha). I have a few more maintenance things and paperwork to deal with, but I think I'm pretty much ready to go. I thought my flight was at 1pm tomorrow, but I looked at my eticket last night and it's actually flying out at 7:45 am. And I'm not flying through Chigaco O'Hare, I'm flying through Washington DC. Great Myia, you're so prepared! Here's a link to a map that shows the route that I'll be taking: Myia's Route Well, that's that and my next post will be from Rome! Ciao, Myia... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle March 5th 2007

It's been a whirwind since I returned on January 3, but I have not forgotten that I need to still write about the last days in Paris and my last days in The Netherlands! I will as soon as finals are over...March 12. Better late than never!... read more

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 18th 2006

On the Road to Paris I took the metro/subway to the Amstelstation to get aboard a Eurolines bus for a 7 hour journey to my dream destination: Paris, France. Before getting into the trip details, let me give you some background information so you readers know why I place Paris on such a high pedestal. I took French in middle + high school (so from about age 10-17) and really fell in love with the language by age 14. I had a few different teachers over the years, but one teacher who I really disliked made the class read Le Petit Prince (The little prince). Although I hated his class and the way he taught, I loved the book and the adult messages the author hid within a book that sits in the children section in ... read more
My hostel
My hostel
Le Moulin Rouge!!

Europe » France » Île-de-France » Paris December 18th 2006

Hello all, This will not be a normal blog that I usually write as I am way to far behind on the events of the past week including a day trip to Cologne, Germany. But I just wanted to write and say that I made it to Paris and I'm in heaven. I've spoken only French to all the vendors and the public when I had questions. I really love it here! I will write when I return to Amsterdam on Friday, December 22. Today I saw Monmartre, parts of the latin quarter/bohemian area, and also Les Deux Moulins Cafe where they shot scenes for my favorite movie, Amelie. Tomorrow if there's time I'll go have a cafe there. I am seriously in love and I don't know if I'll sleep tonight. I'll update later with ... read more

Europe » Germany » North Rhine-Westphalia » Cologne December 16th 2006

After only 7 hours of sleep, I woke up and got ready before Wiebke came by to pick me up in her cute little red VW. She had a bit of a time finding my house, but with the help of Janne, she made it. We were off to a new city!! The drive took about 2 hours and the landscape wasn't so amazing but we had fun listening to music and talking. Wiebke had a lot of German music that I had never heard of, but I liked it a lot. We stopped once to get some more gas and a snack and that's when I fell upon a Corny bar. I thought this was hilarious because I really like corny jokes and I think my friends as well as my sister, Alaya, think that ... read more
A Corny bar...
Reserved for Women
Cologne Christmas market

Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Enschede December 15th 2006

This was my last week of school and on Thursday, Susanna invited me to go to a lunch at the faculty club with the head of the Communications dept and also my friend Bro, who wants to go to Seattle next year. I thought the faculty club was just a cafeteria for faculty members but it was a complete restaurant with waiters and table linens! Quite cool and I ordered a goat cheese and honey salad that was great, but still not as good as my mom's salads. =) We talked about Seattle, UT, and the differences, etc etc. After lunch, I rushed to my last mulitcultural class to give a presentation about our topic. Andra and I went first and I was a bit nervous since I hadn't given a presentation in a while. But ... read more
Is this dinner?
Is this dinner?
Is this dinner?

Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Enschede December 10th 2006

I returned to Enschede Saturday evening from a friend and family-packed weekend in Edam and Amsterdam. I checked my email and a nice lady from the university named Susanna sent me an email inviting me to watch a Korfbal game. A what game? I had never heard of Korfball before - it sounds more like a German baked good with sausage meat inside or something. I figured I could research ahead of time on the internet to find out what Korfbal was, but I decided to skip the brainy research and just blindly go there waiting to be surprised. Susanna is my coordinator/liason at my university. She's the one that always offers me a cup of coffee whenever I come to visit her, the one that reassured me after I busted into her office crying with ... read more
Freezing ferris wheel

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam December 9th 2006

I met Keegan at noon at the Flying Pig again. It looks like a really great hostel - friendly staff and there is free computers with internet for people to use. There's also a lounging area with pillows (no shoes allowed) where lots of people would hang out, drink some coffee, smoke, read, or listen to music. We took the metro (subway) to Waterlooplein, where they have a great market that sells mostly clothing, smoke accessories, purses, tapestries, and jewelry. In every market there's always a lot of the same types of things: Sherpa clothing, itchy but beautiful looking wool hats, irresistable purses with those little shiney mirrors stitched on the outside, and so on. The market also has a flea market section where people spread out their junk on the ground (sometimes on flimsy, slanted ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Edam December 7th 2006

Today was the windiest day so far since I've been here. I'm not talking about the short Seattle gusts of wind that just whip you a bit in the face. This was like sticking your head out of the window of a moving car - kind of wind. I didn't think it was so bad until I almost got blown off my bike as I rode to school - I'm not kidding! The wind was blowing at my side so the whole way to school I had to lean quite a bit on my bike to avoid getting blown down. I felt like Piglet on the Blustery Day when the only thing that saved him from blowing away was a big fat scarf around his neck that Pooh bear held on to. I had a meeting ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Overijssel » Enschede December 6th 2006

In between all my travels and day trips, I've actually been going to school, believe it or not! This past Saturday, I met up with Nina for a weekly coffee break. We decided to try out a new cafe called Le Monde (means "The World" in French). The place was quieter and more like a restaurant than a bar/cafe. We both just had a cappucino and the bill came out to 3.30 euros. I only had a 20 euro bill and so I gave it to the waiter guy and Nina gave me some change. The waiter returned with my change and left. I looked down at my change: one 20 euro bill, one 10 euro bill, and a 1 euro coin... I'm so confused! I stare down at the change trying to figure out what ... read more

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