2017. What a year it has been. I started the year off in Florida. My parents surprised my brother and I with tickets to the Outback Bowl in Tampa Bay, Florida, so that’s how we rang in the new year. A few days later, I left for three months in Spain and embarked on the … More Cheers to 2017
Who knew that reverse culture shock could still hit almost 5 months after returning to the USA.. (Holy cow..it’s been 5 months already???) Most of you know that I’ve begun my final year of college. It has been nothing short of a blast so far, but also feels like the equivalent to a literal slap … More Dubuque, I love you.
There is a reason I choose to live my life behind the lens of a camera. Photos are how I relive some of the best moments of my life. Anybody who knows me knows that I am constantly taking pictures of something, whether it be my dog, my coffee, my food, my friends, my family, … More Living My Life Through A Lens
How to say no without feeling bad about it. After being approached by many, many, MANY street performers, vendors, and gypsies, I have learned to say no and to not feel bad about it. No, I do not want your cheap souvenir. No, I do not want your magical basil that you think I so … More Things Europe Taught Me:
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Every family has its own culture. Some families take their genetic origins more seriously than others. (*Cough cough*… insert hand-raising emoji here!) After growing up in a Dutch family, marrying into an obviously Dutch family (hence, “Vande Vegte”), and moving from one intensely Dutch part of Iowa to another, I…
That is the question… If you were to ask me if I am ready to be home, I’m not sure I can accurately answer that question. I am so torn between what I know in my head and what I feel in my heart. I am ready to go home in certain ways, but in … More To Be Ready, Or Not To Be Ready?
Wooden shoes, tulips, windmills, Dutch costumes, poffertjes, stroopwafels, Dutch fronts on buildings….and bikes and canals and people actually speaking Dutch. Coming from a small, Dutch town where I have lived my whole life, I was more than excited to visit the place I have been hearing about for the last 21 years of my life. … More If Ya Ain’t Dutch, Ya Ain’t Much