The Northern Lights in Norway, which always ranks high on the World Happiness Report.

What Happiness Means in Countries Around the World

Happiness around the world has probably taken a substantial hit recently. In light of the fact that the U.N. commemorates the International Day of Happiness on March 20th every year by publishing the World Happiness...
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Exploring My Immigrant Identity While Visiting Communism Memorials

“Privit!” thundered the immigration official at Borispil International Airport. After an uncomfortably long silence, she slowly slid my stamped passport under the thick plexiglass window without breaking eye contact. I breathed a sigh of...
boats in rotterdam canal

A Women’s Travel Guide to Rotterdam

Amsterdam may be the Netherlands’ most popular destination, but the country’s equally charming “second city,” Rotterdam, exudes a distinct character that’s entirely its own. The majority of Rotterdam was bombed during World War II;...

How Solo Travel is Different for Women

I had just arrived in Amsterdam — unofficially known as one of the safest cities in Europe — and immediately boarded the wrong tram. The sun had already set, and I found myself lost...
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A Journey to the Isle of Vlieland

In the Netherlands, we celebrate not just one day of Christmas, but two. This year, on the second day, I traveled to the isle of Vlieland, one of five beautiful islands in the north....

Christina Kooiker’s Double Love Story

Christina Kooiker’s story is a love story. Well, actually, two love stories. The first is one of romance, which began when Christina, a woman from Ukraine, fell in love with a Dutch man who...

Reflections from Amsterdam: A Study Abroad Story

When I first arrived in Amsterdam at the beginning of my study abroad adventure, nearly six months ago, I was eager to make the city my home. I spent every free moment wandering the...

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