Thursday, December 30, 2010

My first full day

Hello fellow Americans,

Today was my first full day in Wageningen! It was a foggy and pleasant with temperatures around 30 degrees. This is the second white christmas in a row for the netherlands, which is very rare. They usually spend winter with almost no snow.

My first activity was a morning stroll to the Wageningen campus to meet with Jim Van Laar, one of the exchange coordinators.

On the walk, my first picture opportunity occurred when I saw one of the local daycare centers. I smiled as I thought of my girlfriend Kasey and her interests in child care. This is for you KC!

-Random Picture of the Street:

Finally, I had made it to campus. 

-Picture of a house on campus, This is not for students:

Here is a random creek next to the house. The netherlands has many water ways. A lot of their land was formed by dams created hundreds of years ago so a lot of water is still present:

After meeting with Jim and learning about the campus, he showed me the building where my first class, Meteorology and Climate, will be. The name of the building is Forum. An interesting side note: Instead of taking 4 classes for 1 semester, I take 1 four week class, 4 times. 

Here is a photo of Forum:

This building is where a majority of the environmental science classes are. I building looked amazing from the outside and inside. At ASU and the UW, I found myself walking from different buildings to perform activities such at lecture, studying, eating, registering for classes. Forum contains all of this and more! The first floor has student services and a cafe/dining hall that serves 4 different tap beers! the second floor has tutors for foreign language and a library/computer lab and restaurant. The rest of the building is filled with lecture halls and offices. How convenient!!

Here are other random photos of campus:

-Note that was posted on a random wall in the Gaia Building:


-Random rose and birds in between the lecture halls on campus

-Cool tree I found on the walk back to my room

-Cool bush I found on the walk home as well

Thats it for now!
Hope all is well with everyone! and Have a great New Year!

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