Amsterdam, Netherlands

Upon arrival at Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam, the energy of the city immediately engulfed me. I couldn’t wait to get a glimpse of Amsterdam’s famous canals, among other beautiful sights. A taxi ride brought us to our hotel, just a few streets down from Central Station. Here are just a few of Amsterdam’s must-see…

Harpa, Iceland

One of the most modern and beautiful buildings in Reykjavík is Harpa, a concert hall and conference center. Anyone can enter, and you can pay to see movies, shows, or concerts, depending on what is running at the time. We were able to watch a screening of Iceland’s most magnificent scenes, a 360° panoramic show…

Giethoorn & Volendam

We participated in a few day tours in the Netherlands, and one of them was to Giethoorn and Volendam. They were two distinctively different towns but both offered unique views into Dutch life. Giethoorn Giethoorn, one of my favorite places to visit the whole trip, was absolutely stunning. Called “the Venice of the North” (although…

Zaanse Schans (windmills!!)

We spent half a day in Zaanse Schans, the most iconic town in the Netherlands…there were windmills everywhere!  There are tours that stop at Zaanse Schans as well as other towns, but we decided to take the bus, as we had already participated in a couple day tours. The bus fare was about €10 per…

Golden Circle Tour

The best of Iceland all in one day! Probably the most popular tour that begins in Reykjavik.

Arriving Iceland & the Blue Lagoon!

At about 2:00 pm on a Sunday afternoon, my family and I landed at Reykjavik International Airport in Iceland. We retrieved our baggage and headed for the bus that would take us straight to the Blue Lagoon, one of the world’s most famous geothermal pools, only a short 20 minutes away. The Reykjavik Excursions bus…

NYU & Columbia U

As a high school student, of course I’d have to visit some colleges during my weekend in New York!

National 9/11 Memorial and Museum

An early Saturday morning brought me to the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, a first time for me since the past couple times I had been in New York, the memorial was still under construction. We took the subway (E line) down to the World Trade Center, and a beautiful sight greeted us: It took…