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 […]

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 […]

Celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day in Den Haag

August 17 is the Indonesian independence day. In Indonesia, people celebrate it with many kinds of community events following the flag ceremony in the morning. What about the Indonesians in Holland? They also celebrate their home country’s independence day by flocking to the Indonesian embassy. That’s what I did when I was in Den Haag. […]

The Quest for an Apartment

  Hey, August is here!  In one wet summer exactly two years ago we moved to this apartment, located in Pine Hills area in Albany NY. It’s not the best apartment but we really enjoy staying here. The size is perfect for the two of us and the location is also very convenient. It’s just […]

First Day Itinerary to Beat the Jet Lag

Last Saturday, Nesso Indonesia held a Pre-departure Briefing for hundreds of Indonesian students who are going to study in the Netherlands this Fall semester. Most of them will be leaving by August or by early September the latest. How exciting it must be to begin a new adventure as a student in a foreign country! […]

Graduation With No Cap and Gown

What would you wear for your graduation ceremony? If you have the choice, would you rather wear the heavy black cap and gown or would you rather wear something else like, say… jeans? I thought about these questions as I watched the SUNY Albany Spring 2011 graduation a few weeks ago. The graduates look so […]