Jan 11-13: Eight students chose to do an optional home stay with families in or near the city of Amersfoort. Spending time in the homes of their gracious hosts was the main event, but the group also enjoyed an excursion to the Castle of Muiderslot, a real treasure of historical Holland.  On Sunday the group […]

Monday 1/14. Today we traveled with the students who did not do the last weekend home stay. We traveled to the dune area to see the dune infiltration works which is part of the city of Amsterdam water treatment process. We explored the dune infiltration area by bike being led by hydrogeologist Theo Oolsthoorn. After that […]

The group was joined for part of the course by Herm De Vries, Calvin College’s Meijer Chair in Dutch Language and Culture. On Friday the 11th, he gave some of the students a walking tour of to some of Amsterdam’s highlights, including the Béguinage, Leidseplein, and the Museum Square. We spent some quality time in […]

On Thursday we explored the Zuiderzee/IJsselmeer reclamation. This reclamation involved turning 640 square miles of sea bottom land into dry ground. We stopped at 3 former Zuiderzee islands – Wieringen, Skokland, and Urk. We visited the site where the German army blew up the Wieringermeer polder dike at the end of World War II. We […]

Today’s excursion allowed the students to explore the urban heart of the country. We brought them to Dordrecht and bought them a train ticket to Weesp. Along they got off the train at Rotterdam, Delft, Rijswijk, Den Haag, Leiden, Schiphol, and Amsterdam (south) to explore this highly urbanized core of the country.

Our excursion today was to Den Haag. We took a tour of the Knight’s Hall where the Queen makes her speech every September and the hall where the Dutch congress (Tweede Kamer) meets. We then went on a walking tour of central Den Haag with stops at the Mesdag Museum and at the Peace Palace.

The first weekend students stayed with Dutch families in the cities of Groningen and Aduard both in the province of Groningen. On Monday (7 January) we left from Aduard on an excursion around the northern part of the country. We stopped at the dwelling mound museum (Museum Wierdenland) in Ezinge, a large fortified home near […]