Foreign Eyes

International Students Reflect on Utrecht

Edited By Emmeline Besamusca

Foreign Eyes

Edited By Emmeline Besamusca

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

140 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2011
Paper $17.50 ISBN: 9789085550457 Published February 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Every year hundreds of students from all over the world come to study in Utrecht. On the occasion of the 375th anniversary of the founding of Utrecht University, foreign students and alumni were invited to reflect on Dutch culture as they had experienced it in their university years there. This book collects the best of the essays they wrote; the result is a unique and fascinating contribution to the study of Dutch culture. These essays offer not only an intimate portrait of the students’ experiences, but also a fresh perspective on the remarkable, frustrating, and fascinating features of Dutch culture.

An Ode to Foreign Eyes
      Wiljan van den Akker and Esther Jansma
Fascinated by Foreign Eyes
      Emmeline Besamusca

Understanding Happiness
      Lara Rösler (Germany)
Perception is Reality
      Michail Zontos (Greece)
Nervous, Alone and So Excited…
      Caroline Serger (Sweden)
Scraping Clouds from a Wolkenkrabber: Portrait of Life as a City Girl in Utrecht
      Wan Pui Yin, Evelyn (Hong Kong, China)
One Good Day
      Jamie Quam (USA)
It Must Be Broodje Kaas
      Prince Yalley (Ghana)
In Search of My Own Time
      Krizia Nardini (Italy)
Discovering Utrecht through the Senses
      Ning Teng (Singapore)
Cycling through Snow
      Mihaela Verman (Romania)
Utrecht by Night—Utrecht by Light!
      Alice Pirlot (Belgium)
Where Surrealism Unleashes
      Teresa Lalinde (Spain)
On People and Sunlight
      Elena Dacheva (Bulgaria)
Bicycle Diaries: Racing in the Land of the Giants
      Robbieana Kow Ying Leung (USA)
Letter to My Friend
      Mishgina Tekeste Weldegiorgis (Eritrea)
In a Map of Time
      Baiying Li, Zora (China)
Students from Utrecht
      Tina Mouneimné (Poland/Lebanon)
Utrecht’s Climate in Shorts
      Fionn Clissmann (Ireland)
      Owen J. Wiese (South Africa)
My Spacehopper
      Gemma Tunmore (UK)
Out on the Town
      Eduardo Salvador Arenas Catalán (Chile)
The Devil Is in the Details
      Sylwia Motylińska and Paulina Dymalska (Poland)
Lessons for Life
      Tatevik Manucharyan (USA)
A Semester of Swayings (Uncensored)
      Caroline Gerlach (Germany)
The Missing Dimension
      Lucie Bable (Switzerland)
Six Months below Sea
      Jessica Doing and Max Puchalsky (USA)

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D.I.S. Magazine
“[A] delightful collection . . . The winning essays here go far beyond pondering the usual stereotypicals.”
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