About me

ABOUT THIS BLOG

 This blog is for everyone who considers themself a ´world citizien´. For the exchange students, expats and travelers. For those whose Facebook newsfeed is filled with posts in all different languages, some of which they even speak. For people who live for cultural differences and discovering new places, meeting international people.

´Nationality Unknown´ is for the people who do not identify themselves with only one ‘nationality’

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ABOUT ME

 I am a 20-year-old Dutch girl with a passion for traveling, photography and languages

I think the experience of living abroad or really traveling is something not a lot of people know or even understand. I did an exchange in Panama when I was 16 and ever since I have been more and more passionate about learning new things and living in other countries.
RIgth now I am back in my home country, studying Latin American Studies at the University of Leiden.

Feel free to ask me any questions or leave a comment!

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  • Jiska

    March 7, 2015 at 23:43
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    Hey!! im an 16 year old dutch girl and im currently in America as an exchange student. I saw your blog and I just think […] Read MoreHey!! im an 16 year old dutch girl and im currently in America as an exchange student. I saw your blog and I just think the way you see the world is amazing! you are amazing! Read Less

  • downtherockyroad

    March 4, 2015 at 21:56
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    Hey! I just randomly stumbled upon your blog and I can relate so well! I've been on exchange twice, I love travelling and learning languages. […] Read MoreHey! I just randomly stumbled upon your blog and I can relate so well! I've been on exchange twice, I love travelling and learning languages. And just reading the "about me" page made me smile because i was at the book shop today and I bought a language course for dutch! :p i sooo want to learn that language! hahaha! Read Less

  • Lisa Crisostomo

    January 19, 2015 at 09:44
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    Hi Elise, Your article is very inspiring! I work for an exchange organisation and we hope to encourage younger people to do an exchange. Can I […] Read MoreHi Elise, Your article is very inspiring! I work for an exchange organisation and we hope to encourage younger people to do an exchange. Can I put your article in our website? Read Less

  • Collette Kokesh

    December 24, 2014 at 14:40
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    Hello! I don't know good blog-comment-ediquette, so I apologize if this is abrupt. But anyways, I'm Collette. I'm an 17 year-old American in Italy right now, […] Read MoreHello! I don't know good blog-comment-ediquette, so I apologize if this is abrupt. But anyways, I'm Collette. I'm an 17 year-old American in Italy right now, and I am about 3 1/2 months through with my 9 1/2 month exchange. This is my first time in a foreign country and I came to Italy only knowing as much as the Lizzie McGuire Movie, Eat Pray Love, and Under the Tuscan Sun*. *hopefully you've seen these films, they are very stereotypical in the way Italy is portrayed, DEFINITELY NOT showing how dynamic this little boot of a country is! I just wanted to tell you that (1) your English writing is perfect and (2) I love all of your blog posts. I can connect with each and every one of them, and many of the things I've done or feelings I've had but couldn't put into words, you have! I have a blog as well, but it's not as well organized and focused as yours. Your blog in general is a great inspiration for me as both a writer and traveller. Just reading your posts gives me confidence in myself and makes me feel better knowing I'm not the only one out there feeling these things. I'm not sure where I was going with this besides just telling you that you're very inspirational to me. I'm always very envious of other countries besides the United States because you are taught multiple languages throughout your whole life while our education system doesn't value the power COMMUNICATION! You're very lucky. And I think the US is very silly in this domain. Thanks and Merry Christmas from a fellow world traveller! -Collette Kokesh Oregon, US / Mantova, Italy Read Less

    • Hey there Collette! You have no idea how great it is to read this! During my exchange I only wrote a few blog posts and […] Read MoreHey there Collette! You have no idea how great it is to read this! During my exchange I only wrote a few blog posts and I just started picking it up again. It is funny how everything I write is from personal experience and feels so specific, yet it appears that so many exchange students can relate to it. It`s truly amazing to receive a comment from someone saying they have felt the same way or even better, that they felt comforted by it. I was checking out your blog and I really loved what you wrote about christmas. I didn`t see a follow button linked to wordpress but keep up the good writing (you have already written more than me in my entire exchange year probably haha) Thank you for this christmas git, I hope you have an amazing rest of your exchange year! Enjoy every moment of it because trust me, even though it doesn`t seem that way at all, time goes by fast and you are going to want to go back to your exchange year so badly afterwards! Love, Amarens Read Less

  • bndglass

    December 19, 2014 at 10:11
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    You have some wonderful experiences that many don't have, thanks for sharing them with us! Best of luck in your future adventures :)

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