To some of the people I met in the Netherlands (you know who you are): I don’t know when our paths will cross again, but sometimes you just know when you’ve met a “lifer.” I can’t wait to see where you all go from here 🙂
Wow! My first travel chapter has finally come to a close (*tear). It’s okay though because this means we’re moving on to Germany! For now, though, let me give “De Nederlands” its last moment of attention.
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay in The Netherlands for numerous reasons. First, I was exposed to a completely different society and legal system. I also met people here that I consider life-long friends. Most importantly, though, I discovered a new-found hope. Spending time in this city, in the International Humanitarian Law course, and among different people from different parts of the world helped me to regain my sense of imagination. Our opportunities are endless and we do not have to be confined by tradition- traditional legal jobs, traditional lifestyle, and other related concepts. I will forever be grateful for the opportunities I was able to experience in this wonderful country and the wonderful people who helped me to have this opportunity.
The morning I checked out, an episode of “Sister Sister,” one of my favorite shows as a kid was playing. I was able to reminisce about my younger days and all of the hopes and dreams that I had. I had already accomplished one, earning admission into law school, but then I realized that I was also currently experiencing another dream–traveling outside of the country. To those of you who are well-traveled, this may not be a huge deal. For me, however, this was a special moment in my life because I was able to combine two things that I love, the law and traveling. ‘Wow’ I thought to myself. God is good.
One of the last places I visited was the Binnehof, the city center of The Hague. This place was directly in front of my hotel, which was a special perk because I would often walk through it on my way back from the day’s events. The Binnehof currently operates as the meeting place of the Parliament, and the place where King Willem-Alexander gives his annual speech. The Prime Minister’s office is also located in this former palace. It has a very Medieval fairytale feel, which is perfect for a city that has so many palaces located inside of it.
Here are some other pictures that I took throughout my stay in The Netherlands:
I spent 20 minutes trying to find my train routes. It’s incredible how difficult a simple task can be when you are unfamiliar with the words.
Leaving The Hague Train station. Train 1 of 4