My wife and I made a weekend trip to Amsterdam with some friends of ours.  It was a fun break to have before I really start to focus all of my time and attention on my dissertation.  There were a couple of highlights that stuck out to me.   The first was visiting the Anne Frank house and learning more about her life and the lives of others like her.  It was a insightful experience and I would recommend it to everyone who has the chance to visit Amsterdam.  The second highlight of the trip was riding bikes through the tulip fields and enjoying the scenery. Overall, my thoughts on Amsterdam was that it is a very pretty city with a lot of charm.  There were plenty of great places to sit out by the canals and enjoy the view.  Below are a few pictures from our adventures.


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The time here at Aston University is moving quickly.  Before I know it, I will be turning my dissertation in and taking on the real world.  Though we hope to visit a few more places before September, my main focus is now to work on my dissertation.  I recently came to the realization that it is going to take a lot of work and discipline to produce a quality paper.  I will talk more about this in my next blog post.