Well, I’ve been a bit crap at keeping you up to date, so here is a big load of information coming your way all at once. Fun, right? Well, currently I am working at Camp Spring Creek as photographer, art teacher, lifeguard, and fill in counselor whenever I am needed (this is what happens when your parents run a summer camp). Camp is going quite well, and I am really enjoying myself. For security reasons and that sort of stuff, I am not really allowed to show you any pictures, but you can take my word for it that its just fantastic. There you go. Quick little life update.
Now we can get on to what this post is really about. A few weeks ago… Well, I guess it was actually around two weeks ago at this point, I came back from one of the most exciting adventures that I have been on this far. “What was that?” you may ask. And I would reply, “Good question”. This most-exciting-adventure was a trip around Europe. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration because we (my sister and two of her friends) only really visited two countries, but step foot in two others. Let me explain…
Because I am still a student and I wanted to pay for this trip myself, I went scouting for the cheapest flights I could find. It just so happened that the cheapest flights took me from Charlotte (USA), to Toronto (Canada), to Reykjavik (Iceland) and then to Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Then halfway through our three week trip, we boarded an insanely cheap Ryan Air flight to England and stayed there for a few days.
Well, heres a little blog post of pictures from my first week in Holland.
On the first day we arrived, the whole family came to see us at our aunt and uncles house. Card games by the river all afternoon.
Paper here! The trash cans in the Dutch theme park are where its at.
Dance tour selfie! Don’t be fooled by our smiling faces… we did not have the best time.
The lucky uncle with four girls!
My favorite thing about being in Holland is the family meals. Family family family. That’s where its at.
The local castle in Boxtel. Moat and all.
Beautiful church in the middle of Tilburg.
Efteling selfies with the trolls.
Biking is the main mode of transportation in the Netherlands. The lack of hills definitely helps.
And with a group of four girls, a shopping day is always required.
One day we transformed ourselfs into children and visited a Dutch theme park.
Playing poker. My poker face is something to cry over.
Beer pong with the best.
Congratulations to my beautiful sister for making it all the way to 20 years old ! You are a rock star. Here is the whole family relaxing on my sister’s birthday.
Also, because… why not?
After frustration, aching feet, and a few miles of walking around, we finally found a cheese factory, so we posed.
On a mad hunt for a cheese factory, we passed this windmill again, and I couldn’t miss my opportunity to snap another shot.
Volendam cheese fresh from the farm.
From a list of many things Europe has that America lacks, old churches like this one has to be one of the most important.
The Marina near Volendam was also quite lovely. Especially on such a beautiful day.
Also, windmill… because… why not?
Rows and rows of little typical Dutch houses.
I am in love with Dutch architecture. It is so unique to the country.
And what would a day out be without a lekker cup of coffee and a little snack.
One day we visited Volendam which is a very typical Dutch town near Amsterdam.
This is a very special place to my grandparents. It is called the Holy Oak and everytime we visit we light a candle with a prayer.