Travel Highlights: Trips I made within Europe while living overseas

I recently released a blog reflecting on my time in Amsterdam. After six years, I am blessed with many incredible memories and friendships. Most of the stories and pictures, however, focus on my life in the Netherlands. The Dutch capital provides the perfect gateway to explore the rest of Europe.

Travel has always been a large part of my life. My parents provided me with the opportunity to travel from a young age – even as a baby – and I am incredibly fortunate I have continued to see the world. Before I moved in February 2011, I visited Europe three times. England was my first European experience and that was the trip that actually sparked my desire to move abroad. When I moved to Amsterdam, though, naturally I wanted to keep exploring. I felt geographically closer, and my thirst to experience the world – my wanderlust – continued to blossom and grow.


From top left clockwise: Antwerp, Belgium; Manneken-Pis in Brussels, Belgium; Antwerp train station; the Grote Markt with Ruthger and Matthijs in Brussels (2011)


Left: The Opera House with Merel, Matthijs, and Renske in Paris, France. Right: The Eiffel Tower (2011).


Malta (2011)


Left photos: Bad Bentheim, Germany with Jason, Michelle, and James (2016). Right: Cologne, Germany with Juho (2012)


Top left clockwise: The London Bridge; The Tardis; The London Bridge; Meeting with Juho in London; Buckingham Palace (2012)


The Palace in Dusseldorf, Germany (2012)


Top left: St. Norbert’s in Prague with my mom and step-dad, Czech Republic. Bottom left: St. Charles Bridge. Right: The Old town (2012).


Top left clockwise: Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy; Tuscan vineyards; meeting with cousins Brian, Molly, and James; Tuscan vineyards; Duomo (2013)


Brasov, Romania with Matthijs, Roxana, and Vasy (2013 and 2015)


Barcelona, Spain with Matthijs, Santi, and Cristina. Top left: Freixenet vineyard. Top right: Sagrada Família. Bottom right: sunset in Spain. Bottom left: Citadel. Center: Park Guadi (2013).


Bruges, Belgium with Katalin and Jan (2013-2016)


Copenhagen, Denmark (2013)



Budapest and Lake Balaton, Hungary with Matthijs, Katalin, and Jan (2013)


Bordeaux, France with Matthijs, my mom and step-dad (2015)


Tromso, Norway with Matthijs, Katalin, and Jan (2015)


Meeting with Sonja Holverson (@SonjaSwissLife) in Switzerland (2014) with Matthijs, my mom, and step-dad


The Ardennes, Belgium with Matthijs, Christ-Jan, and Dimphy (2015)


Top photos: Dracula’s castle. Bottom photos: Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2015). Matthijs, Roxana, and Vasy


The Algarve, Portugal with Matthijs, my mom, and step-dad (2015)


Portugal. Left: Evora. Right: Lisbon (2015).


Five countries in one day road trip with Savannah Grace, Maggie, and Anita (@Sihpromatum) (2016). Top left: Germany. Top right: Luxembourg City. Bottom right: Germany. Bottom left: starting the day with coffee.

Not pictured: Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany; Malmo, Sweden.

What is your favorite country or city in Europe? Where would you still like to go? Please let me know in the comments below!

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