Life Abroad: Amsterdam and Bruges


Hello everyone!

My name is Dan Audette, and I am a junior economics concentrator here at Brown. On campus, I am a tour guide, info session leader, Meiklejohn peer advisor, and instructor in an elementary school program run through the Swearer Center for Public Service, among other things. For about the next nine months, I will be posting this year about my life abroad in London as a part of the column “Life Abroad”!

One of the best things about studying abroad in Europe is that you can travel anywhere in Europe relatively easily. And for my first weekend getaway, I went to Amsterdam and Bruges with some friends on my study abroad program.

After a night out on the town Friday night, which included an accidental detour through the Red Light District, we woke up bright and early to make the most out of our time in the city.

First, we headed to the Anne Frank House, which was a surreal experience. We walked through the entirety of the house, including the annex in which Anne Frank hid for two years.

Van Gogh Museum

After the Anne Frank House, we went to the Van Gogh Museum. The museum was filled with his works, as well as some pieces by his mentors and colleagues. You could observe how his style evolved over time, from when he first started learning to his final years.


Finally, it was time for the Heineken Experience. This was such a cool museum/brewery/attraction!!! Not only did you learn about the history of the company, but also about the brewing, bottling, and shipping processes, and, perhaps most importantly, the proper way to pour and enjoy a Heineken. (As an added bonus, due to a slight delay in the purchase of our tickets, we got two extra drinks!!!)


After a day and a half in Amsterdam, it was time to head back to London, with a pit stop in Bruges on the way! Bruges was a gorgeous small city full of amazing architecture and chocolate! My favorite part of this city has to be the Santa Claus we saw made entirely out of chocolate.


I hope you enjoyed this post! My next post will be the last before break, and will be about how London gets into the holiday spirit!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Dan Audette


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