Regrets? None. I would pick no other city in no other land. I consider myself an eternal Amsterdammer. I talked politics over advocaat, learned the finer points of Sinterklaas over kopstott, and ate fried ragout as though it was going out of style. This culture is so open, so free, and encourages one to chart their own path. This city gave me four months of experiences and happenings that I will carry to the end of days. This also brought me together with some of the finest people that I could ever hoped to meet. Fellow students all dedicated to learning and living, and it became apparent that borders don't matter to our generation. We are truly the first world family, and we are together, even if we are so far apart.
I may be an ocean away, I may journey through my days at Pittsburgh, and plunge head-first into a new era of my life. But there will be not one moment that I will forever forget what I did here. Amsterdam gave me a new base to model my life from, to go the next great journey onto something bigger than what I was before. This journey set into motion a changes that may not be immediate, whose effects are not yet known, which are lying untouched in corners not yet built, and sending eternal ripples through our beachless memories. This gave me something special, and something that I will always cherish.
Zo dank je Amsterdam, waarvoor is gebeurd en voor die gebeurd niet. Dank je voor alles, voor de tijd van stilte en voor de mensen. Ik zal niet vergeten. To those I have met, thank you, for things unsaid and said, for things done and that never happened. We will never be apart, maybe away, yes, but never so far that we shall forget.
In actuality, I do not believe that all good things end. Nee, denk ik that we can perpetuate that which is good. It may not be in the same form or sense, but we can bend it to our future. My time in Amsterdam has ended; in four months I accomplished so much, traveled so far, and affected many. Things change, but their foundations never shift. This is ending, but only serving as a base to new things. I will be able to go to the top and see an entire new world, but will be able to take the stairs back down to what keeps its up. Amsterdam is unique, Amsterdam is happening, Amsterdam is now apart of my life, acts and experiences that I will carry sun up and sun down, and that will shape my unknown future.
So goodbye Amsterdam. It has been positive, fun, at times rainy, and magical. No regrets, countless memories, and four months that will be hard to surpass.
You must travel it by yourself.
It is not far. It is within reach.
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.”