Biking in Bali

RELIEVED! That’s how I felt when I first reached my office by bike. It was only my second day of work here in Bali and at that time I just came back from the US after living there for some years. I was not afraid that I’d be lost, but I realized I was not […]

Kröller-Müller Museum

Kröller-Müller is one of the great museums in Holland that, for some reasons, is often not visited by international students. Maybe because its location is a bit inconvenient to be reached by a public transportation. It’s going to take some walking from the bus stop to the museum, but I say that in sunny day, […]

Winter Scenes from Hendrick Avercamp

This year, Albany’s winter has been unseasonably warm. It’s almost the end of February, but the school has never been cancelled due to the snowstorm. The snow actually came pretty early (on October 30th, when trees still even have their leaves). But other than the three or four days with couple of hours of snow, […]

Hoensbroek Castle

What country in Europe has the most castles? Please don’t be tempted to say it’s Holland, just because I’m blogging a lot about it. As always, you can consult Master Google for the right answer, but I’m telling you now that it’s not Holland. However, that doesn’t mean that Holland is not the home for […]

Vincent van Gogh and the Story of Pain and Passion

One of the things I learned from living in Holland is this: whenever the weather gets nice, we better go out and make the most of it. Holland’s weather is notorious for being dark, cloudy, and wet. So anytime the sky is clear and the sun is out, the Dutch knows that they need to […]

16 Days Campaign

November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of the Violence Against Women. It’s also the first day of the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Violence. During these 16 days, activists around the world organize many kinds of events to raise awareness about gender based violence and human rights. The 16 Days Campaign begins […]

The Other Side: Recognizing the Risk Factors

Living as an international student has so many great aspects, something that I feel I’ve been sharing a lot in this blog. There are some aspects, however, that are rather difficult but real to many international students, at least at some points in their study period. I’m talking about the aspects of loneliness and isolation, […]

Fifth Autumn

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~Albert Camus Fall is a very beautiful season, with the green leaves turning into bright yellow, orange, and red. Whenever I look out my window, I’m always amazed to see all the beautiful vivid colors… It’s like the nature is giving out its best […]