After a long flight from Toronto Pearson Airport to Amsterdam Airport Schipol and a train ride, we arrived to Amsterdam Central Station (Amsterdam Centraal) around noon of September 17th.
We had a few hours to settle in and then our trip actually began. Our first group activity was a boat tour of the comprehensive canal network in Amsterdam-Centrum, the inner-most borough of the city.
For our second group activity, we went on a walking tour (mostly of Centrum) for a few hours. We learned about the 17th century architecture and how the region went from being a harbour and swamp to a city.
Let me start off by saying that we are not your typical group of geography students. We do learn much about physical geography but the larger portion of our studies revolve around geotechnologies and their applications (hence, Geographic Analysis). Two graduate students from Wageningen University and Research Centre, Jasper and Marjin, brought us right back down to earth (both literally and figuratively) when we spent the day exploring soil quality in Wageningen, an hour southeast of Amsterdam.
Fittingly, a few of us chose to spend the early afternoon of day 4 doing research on the four ingredients that constitute the Netherlands’ most famous lager, Heineken. Then we went on a tour of Ijurg, a neighbourhood in IJ lake being built on an artificial island. Continue reading
I would have to say that this was an experience I will never forget and hopefully I can visit De Hoge Veluwe again. The 55km² nature reserve has wildlife ranging from big horned sheep and sand lizards to red deer and wild boar.
De Hoge Veluwe National Park also had two museums, and we all got the opportunity to see a Van Gogh exhibit and other installations at one of them.