|Krakow Main Square|
|Monument to Holocaust victims, Amsterdam|
|Some hilarious street art, Amsterdam|
Several layovers and flights later, I arrived in Amsterdam with Conor and Hillary. This trip was a much-needed break from school and the unfamiliarities I sometimes struggle with here. It was almost like going to New York City for the weekend. Amsterdam was full of so many things that reminded me of home, such as a completely 100% English bookstore (amazing!), not to mention some of the foods I've missed. We're talking bagels, pancakes and hamburgers. I don't remember seeing a single Starbucks, though, which was interesting. Amsterdam is simply one of the most fun, youthful and beautiful cities in the world. We took a free walking tour, visited the Anne Frank museum (I didn't go there the first time I visited and I am so thankful I was able to on this trip), did some shopping and checked out a coffeeshop or two. The only fault I can think of in that city is the extremely high probability of getting run down by a bicyclist, which nearly happened to me. It would appear that bikes always have the right-of-way in Amsterdam. Something that I was really impressed by was the variety of street art all around the city. In some neighborhoods there are entire buildings covered in murals (kind of like the Mission District back in San Francisco). I hope I get to go back there someday because there is so much to do, it's impossible to see everything in one (or two) trips.