Foreign Eyes
Foreign Eyes
International Students Reflect on Utrecht
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Table of Contents - 6 An Ode to Foreign Eyes - 8 Fascinated by Foreign Eyes - 10 Understanding Happiness - 20 Perception Is Reality - 25 Nervous, Alone and So Excited... - 30 Scraping Clouds from a Wolkenkrabber: Portrait of Life as a City Girl in Utrecht - 34 One Good Day - 39 It Must Be the Broodje Kaas - 41 In Search of My Own Time - 46 Discovering Utrecht through the Senses - 50 Cycling through Snow - 56 Utrecht by Night – Utrecht by Light! - 60 Where Surrealism Unleashes - 65 On People and Sunlight - 69 Bicycle Diaries: Racing in the Land of Giants - 74 Letter to My Friend - 79 In a Map of Time - 81 Students from Utrecht - 86 Utrecht’s Climate in Shorts - 89 Contrast - 94 My Spacehopper - 100 Out on the Town - 104 The Devil Is in the Details - 108 Lessons for Life - 113 A Semester of Swayings (Uncensored) - 118 The Missing Dimension - 123 Six Months below Sea - 127 Translations of Mottos - 130 About the Authors - 134 Acknowledgements - 140

Emmeline Besamusca

Foreign Eyes

International Students Reflect on Utrecht

Annually, hundreds of students from all over the world come to study at Utrecht University. To commemorate the university’s 375th anniversary, current and past international students were invited to refl ect on Dutch culture. What do they consider particularly noteworthy, surprising, incomprehensible or charming in their Dutch academic life? From a personal perspective and in their own words, the students share their experiences and comment on remarkable, frustrating and fascinating features of Dutch culture.
Curtainless windows, delicious stroop wafels, a scent of freedom in the streets, canals refl ecting the city, professors on bicycles, cherished individualism and shared teabags: Dutch culture seen through foreign eyes.

Emmeline Besamusca

Emmeline Besamusca lectures in Dutch Culture at Utrecht University and at th e University of Vienna.