Angela: First week at Utrecht

Hello! Welcome to my first post for Utrecht University the Netherlands.

I’ve landed at Schipol airport 10 days ago. However, I’m still finding it hard to believe that I’m in the Europe. 

The classic tourist photo outside the Schipol airport 🙂

To be honest, the first impression I had for The Netherlands was kinda like New Zealand – not too many people, quite a lot natural resources and relaxed lifestyle. However, it is never too late to be amazed by all the little things such as canals everywhere, people and the old buildings. 

Saying that the country has the same vibe as New Zealand at the first sight. I still feel everything here is so new to me. So I just can’t stop wandering around (and also taking A LOT OF photos). Utrecht university is located in Utrecht and is the largest university in the country. Utrecht is a city which is 30-min away from Amsterdam. It is the hub of the Netherlands( yea, it is extremely easy for us- exchange students to travel around.) I’ve been spending a week in Utrecht. Being completely honest, I’m falling in love with Utrecht. It is a city full of young, lively and energetic vibes. 

canal+bikes=the Netherlands (@Utrecht city centre)

The first week of uni was basically like what we did in UoA- heaps of orientation events. On the mandatory orientation, they assigned us to different groups where you get to know quite a lot of international students who are also under the same faculty. It is really fun to meet people all over the world!! If you ever hesitated to come to the Netherlands to do your exchange because of the language. Don’t be worried at all. It is really common to hear people speaking English in the campus. Outside the campus, most of them are usually speaking Dutch. However, when you talk to them in English they are usually really nice and respond in English. Some interesting fact that the Netherlands is actually ranked as the European country that speaks English the best. (except the fact that THERE ARE NO ENGLISH LABELS IN THE SUPERMARKETS. I’m struggling every time when I do grocery shopping)

The view after the mandatory orientation while I was waiting for the bus

These are some thoughts and some note-worthy things I’ve experienced in my first week at Utrecht. (although other trivial moments are still special to me in some ways haha). Thank you for reading my first blog! Stay tuned for more!

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