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Chilling in Northern Europe 2 – Denmark, or Danmark

Tired of extended deadlines from my exam week, I randomly skipped my class on several weeks ago and escaped. After a weekend sight-seeing, I came back with 100% energy and happiness and continued my normal school life (as if I did not skip class to travel abroad lol). I enjoyed myself to the utmost. Meeting…

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Chilling in Northern Europe 1 – Sweden, or Sverige

Unlike many other typical tourists who prefer to head south in their autumn breaks for sunshine and warmth, I am really into the freezingly cold countries up in the north. After planning excitedly for my own traditions of travelling alone, I spent my autumn break chilling (literally) in Stockholm, the so-called capital of Scandinavia. Despite…

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Essaouira – The Pearl of the Atlantic.

We all have certain special cities which have a special place in our heart. The reason why you might have a penchant for that particular city maybe a purely individual one. For me Essaouira in Morocco is such a city which is very dear to me! In my previous article I had written about Ouarzazate,…

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The Gateway to the Sahara Desert.

Morocco has been a country which has always been in my list of must visit places, and in Morocco I find Ouarzazate to be one of the most unique places. The matter of fact is I grew up watching plenty of Hollywood movies and most of the classic desert scenes such as the one in…

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Dagje uit & Day out 1 – R’dam and RET Metro

  *Stupid post alert!*   I was planning a short visit to Rotterdam a long time ago (like in early September). However, every time I checked the “werk aan het spoor (construction in the station)” on the NS website, the train leaving from Den Haag Holland Spoor to Rotterdam Centraal was always canceled, especially on the weekends when I actually have time to go for a “dagje uit”. I was in a continuous depression until I randomly heard from my (distant immigrant) family that there is a metro line connecting Den Haag and Rotterdam.   Hooray! It sounds stupid that, I’ve been living here for more than 2 years, and traveled to R’dam for more than 10 times, but I still don’t know that metro exists in the Netherlands. How awesome that I fount an alternative approach to escape from Den Haag! I checked on the RET website, there is indeed a metro (Lijn E) running between Slinge (Rotterdam) to Den Haag Centraal Station. Usually a retour will cost 9 euros if you use your OV-chipkaart. To save money, you can buy a 2 * 1 uur (1 hour) ticket on the RET machine on Platform 11 in Den Haag Centraal for 6 euros, with which you save at least 3 euros. This metro line has multiple stops including Rotterdam Centraal, Beurs (the glorious and prosperous city center of Rotterdam), and Wilhelminaplein, where the Grand Theater of Rotterdam locates. Sounds awesome, right?   I got off at Maashaven and immediately saw my (distant immigrant) family waiting for me at the metro station. I had a very nice day with great food, good weather, and heart-warming talks.   “Werk aan het spoor” again? Calm down my friends, try taking the metro next time when going to Rotterdam from Den Haag! I’m sure it’s also gonna be fun for you.         P.S. I am sorry for any Dutch phrases in this post; I am taking Dutch – Beginners course in Leiden University College at this moment and I am really bad at switching back and forth between Dutch and English. I am also sorry for those who already took the metro for 1000 times and took its existence as a normal pattern. Oh and just to clarify, this is totally not a commercial for RET or the NS! ;)           ——by Xueyan Xing, coming all the way from China, studying at Leiden University College The Hague

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