Amanda Goes to Sweden: Exploring Amsterdam
Well, I’m back! It’s been a busy past couple weeks. Two weeks ago some MechSE alumni came to visit for a couple days! It was cool to have them around, and it forced me to be a bit more of a tourist. But it was great to have some friends come visit.
Amsterdam was really cool. Definitely a lot more hectic than Stockholm, but it was a really pretty city. I was absolutely terrified of being a pedestrian though. It’s really awesome how accommodating the city is when it comes to bike lanes and whatnot, but it was absolutely terrifying having buses, trams, cars, motorcycles, motor scooters, AND bikes driving around while I was lost and confused.
Another way Sweden has changed me? Recycling. Even though I’ve only been here for a month or so, I was really surprised how confused I was when we were in Amsterdam and there weren’t tons of places to recycle. I’ve gotten so used to recycling everything here. It’s not like “feeding the thing” in Chambana—you actually have to separate things, and recycling seems like a much bigger deal here, which I like. Also, you can get one or two kroner if you turn in cans or plastic bottles at the grocery store (so sweet!).
Anyway, I’ve got another trip coming up this weekend to Lappland in northern Sweden. There will be dogsledding and snowshoeing in an attempt to catch the Northern Lights, so I’ve got some catching up on work to do…
This week I realized: it’s apparently possible for spring to come early in Sweden. It hasn’t snowed in over a week!