Thank you David Bonderman!

Because of Mr. Bonderman's generosity, I have been given the opportunity to travel the world and learn about culture. As a Bonderman Travel Fellow I plan on traveling through Western and Eastern Europe, East Africa, Northern India and Southeast Asia. I am excited to experience new and amazing things that will better enable me to empower and inspire the next generation of young students.

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Now, it's Switzerland!

After meeting up with Zach Hunter on Wednesday I have had a great time in Amsterdam. Wednesday night, we went to bed at 5:30!...not in the morning, but in the evening...since yesterday we were able to cruise the city as members of a biker gang, visit the Rijksmuseum, have a picnic at Vondelpark, tour the Anne Frank house and become comfortable as true European Navigators. Here are some highlights:

This is the hostel in Vondelpark

I took this illegal picture of Z in front of the secret door in Anne (and Margot) Frank's house

Amsterdam-Centraal Station

Cool Church..not sure of the name

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Couple Days in Brugges!

After spending a glorious Saturday morning/afternoon in Seattle with my mom, dad, and little sis I took off for Europe and landed in Amsterdam the next (Sunday) afternoon. On the spur of the moment, I decided to hop on a train and make my way to Brugges, Belgium. I spent two days scouring the city of Brugges and enoying every second of it!

The Brugges bell tower...I climbed 366 stairs to the top!

I met a sheep in the middle of the city...i named him Louis

A little bit of greenery in a town that was lacking

I was in awe of this mural on the second floor of the Chapel of Saint Basil

This is the front side of the Chapel of Saint Basil

"Basilica of the Holy Blood": supposedly the Belgians stole a vial of Christ's blood from Jerusalem in the 12th century and I paid a euro to see it...who knows

One of the many horse-drawn carriages parked in Burg Square

Michelangelo's Madonna and Child in The Church of Our Lady

Today, I met up with Zach Hunter in Amsterdam!!! Stay posted :)