Big Announcement: Agness Is Moving To Holland

“Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.”

Marcus Fabius Quintilianus

Enjoying my first days in Amsterdam


It’s time to say goodbye to Asia

After over 3 years of constant voyages across Asia, I decided to get back to Europe for 12 months. In September 2014 I start my master’s degree in New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) combined with a part-time job I was kinda dreaming about!

UvA Info brochure


I could not be happier to get accepted to this programme and trust me, it was not easy to get through the application process (I did my bachelor’s degree in Education formerly). For the last few months living in China, I had been preparing myself mentally and financially for this big change, so I’m ready to take Europe big time!

Picturesque Amsterdam


Future (travel) plans

Wakacje - Zagan1
Celebrating a new chapter of my life at home in Poland


Moving to Holland is another part of my travel experience. It’s a new adventure I can’t wait for. Although I’ll mainly focus on my studies, I’m planning on seeing all of the hidden gems of the Netherlands and (of course) blog about them. I’m on a mission to discover Dutch cuisine (that’s my favourite part I won’t lie to you), traditions, culture and people’s mentality.

Visiting Anna Everywhere in Amsterdam


My travel plans are not limited to Holland only. I’ve already made a list of countries I’m going to visit during my stay in Europe. It starts from France, Bulgaria, Romania, Spain, Portugal, Croatia and ends up in Estonia and Iceland. As I’ll be living so close to my home country (Poland), it’s going to be a great opportunity to get familiar with some underrated travel destinations here as well.

Wakacje - Zagan
Catching up with my favourite food in Poland


Like it or not (I hope you like it though), but there is going to be a lot of $25 a day posts from Europe on eTramping and I’ll make sure to travel as cheap as possible.

Why Holland?

Dutch bike


That’s the question many ask. In my eyes, Holland is charming and laid back. Amsterdam is fascinating, with a rich history and some of the world’s best cultural offerings and there is a huge international community there. I’ve already made friends with fellow travel bloggers who live and work there so meeting new amazing people is never a problem there. The city itself is so beautiful -canals, bikes and beautiful buildings. What more could you ask for?

Fun in Amsterdam


Besides, there are plenty of events going on in Amsterdam so I won’t get bored, that’s for sure.

How About Cez?

Cez decided to extend his stay in China for another year. Although we do split up and I will proudly call myself a solo female traveler soon, we are still going to run eTramping together. Nothing changes here at all. We will just communicate through Skype, e-mails, phone and of course Facebook. Things are going to be as usual and the only one thing that changes is our location. By the way, we spent this summer together traveling around Zagan – my hometown.

Road trip!


 Who is excited about me moving to Holland? Hands up!

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  • Wishing you both the best of luck for an exciting and different year!

    Study rather than being the teacher will be an interesting change for you Agness. Although I know how dedicated you are so it will undoubtedly be a resounding success.

    Also being European based will provide a wealth of travel (and blog post) opportunities. I can’t wait to see what you create over the next year.

    As for Cez, it will be exciting to see how he gets on in China. I know he’s been very busy whilst based there so I look forward just as much to his updates.

    Wishing you both every success.

    • Thank you so much the Guy!
      You were actually one of the first people I’ve shared my plans with! Wishing you safe flights as well and hope to meet you somewhere in Europe :-)!

  • Yay! Congratz, Agness. Best wishes for your new chapter of life (and travel) :D
    I’ll visit you when I happen to travel to Amsterdam again. I can’t wait to read you stories.
    Just got back from Iceland and I loved it there. Hopefully you will make it there soon too *hugs*

  • Wow, how exciting! Congratulations on getting in to the course! Good luck to both of you as you spend this next year solo.

  • “Everything that has a beginning comes to an end.”

    When I saw this, I was like, WTF??!! I thought you both are going to close down the blog! Thank god it is just a false alarm.

    PS: I’d love to be invited to a pierogi party!

  • Congrats,Agness!I can imagine how many papers you’ve need to fill in while your application. Guess it’s the worth part of getting education…Yet, I hope your year in Holland would be a blast! :)

    Would look forward to your posts about Europe and come to France! It’s not the cheapest place for sure…yet you can survive on 25$ a day and the food is…well gorgeous!

  • I look forward to following your upcoming European travels, Agness! I am so glad that Bulgaria is included, and I eagerly await your impressions.

    Oh, but why aren’t you visiting Israel in the coming year?

    Safe journeys!

  • I’m ridiculously excited for you just reading about it – after all, you couldn’t have picked a more awesome city to move to!

    I’m very jealous Miss, and will be looking forward to reading about all your European adventures as well as about Amsterdam life.

  • Cez–Kuddos to you for staying another year in China despite your injury this past year!

    Agnes–Congrats on your master’s program acceptance–Media and Digital Culture sounds perfect for a digital explorer like you!

    Europe will be a big change from Asia, and I look forward to seeing what comparisons and contrasts you will draw between them.

    If you’re ever passing through Madrid, let me know!

    • Thanks a lot!!!! I’ve been to Madrid already this summer, but I fell in love with the city and I’ll be back soon!

  • Whoop whoop! Europe finally has you back ;-) Congrats on getting on the course, you must be so excited for this new adventure! Looking forward to learning more about Holland on Etramping, and it’s great to read that your new relocation doesn’t stop you and Cez from doing what you already do on here! Good luck darling X

  • Wow! What a big change for you, Agness, but one I am confident you will thrive on! It will be really interesting to read about your life as an expat in Holland and also all the new travel adventures you have while in that part of the world. Good luck & I’m so glad to see that everything is working out so well for you!

  • I am so excited for your Agness! You will have to keep me informed. Lucky you. You will see all the places I have only dreamed of… Poland is one country I really want to see as well. I hope you’ll do a guest blog for me to tell my readers of wonders of your travel adventures! Take care my friend and be safe.

  • Awesome. You are going to love this. I have lived in Holland and did my masters in Europe – and they were some of the best experiences of my life. Congrats Agness. Don’t forget the bike lock:)

  • I’m incredibly excited for you both, changes are always good no matter how hard or easy they might be. I wish you best of luck and let’s hope that also means that we can FINALLY meet up in person soon ;)

  • Wow! What exciting new. I’ll follow your new adventures. I bet you and Cez really will miss each other. You’ve been working and traveling together for quite a while. Best of luck to you both!

  • This is very exciting! I was thinking that it’s very brave of you to separate from Cez but still run the blog together, but you’re right, now that you can keep in touch so easily over the internet, it shouldn’t be too hard. Good luck!

  • Please don’t take this as “I’m sick of hearing about Asia” statement (I’m totally NOT!) but I’m happy you’re going to be in Europe for a while. It’ll be nice to hear some more updates on things to do in Europe. I love reading these so much!

  • Best wishes Agnes on your new adventure. I saw Romania on your list – you can definitely travel here for $25 a day or less. It is one of my favourite countries in the world and I know you will love it too ;) all the best from Global Runaways

  • How cool! Hope you’ll enjoy my original home country/city :) It’s a great base to see Europe from

  • I feel almost bad admitting this, but when I read you were moving to holland, I immediately Ctrl+F’ed “Cez.” Also, I am more upset about you guys splitting up than I should be :(.

  • So exciting! Cannot wait to read all about your time in Europe and especially to see lots of delicious photos of Dutch food! Best of luck for your course!

  • Great Agness! Congratulations that everything worked out as you wanted. Have an amazing time and happy travels in Europe!

  • Well I am a little jealous ;) I totally love the Dutch and studied the language at University (in England though!). Sounds like it is going to be great. Oh and Estonia and Iceland are amazing countries. Both unspoiled! I blog about both! Good luck :)

  • Omg, congrats on this exciting new chapter of your life, A! Going back to school is going to be an adventure of its own, and I can’t wait to read about your European adventures! Also, Holland is HIGH on my travel list, so if I get over there in the time you’re there I’d love to meet up! xo!

  • I’m very happy for you, Agness, and wish all the best in this new chapter in your life. I hope I can make it to Holland next year and enjoy its beautiful atmosphere.

  • Phoenix and I are thrilled to no end for both you and Cez!! But, we will have to find a way to get Cez to Germany for that visit and tour :) It’s wonderful to see all of your contacts and networking paying off to have connections all around the globe, Agness! You will be a success always because of your positive attitude, fortitude, hard work and most of all…your belief in yourself!! We love ya both :)

  • How cool!!!
    I am sure you will have a great time in the Netherlands (which is what it is actually called, Holland is just a part ;))!
    I am excited to read about the Dutch food you will be eating as I sometimes do miss the foodies from home.

  • So excited for you!! Congratulations about getting onto the course, I’m sure it will be awesome, and lots of opportunities to travel in between studies. My boyfriend, Luke, is always dreaming about doing a masters in Holland or Sweden etc. We’ll see if it ever happens though…

  • How exciting Agness!! Wish you the best on the next stage of your journey. When I was in Amsterdam I thought It would be a lovely place to live.

  • Congrats on the program! I’m so happy for you, moreso than the traveling you’ll be doing. A Master’s degree is a different world and New Media studies has so much cool explorations to offer. My MFA was Computer Arts/Video/Interactivity,… new media was the blanket around it and people are just doing fascinating things with technology. Also, I swoon for Amsterdam. Always had it as some place I wouldn’t mind living in. Looking forward to the changes!

  • I am glad that it is officially already! I can’t believe that one and half year had passed since I hear from your lips in China! :)

    I am happy to have you closer in Europe! And hopefully all your target in Amsterdam (;)) will become true!

    Lots of love,

  • Good luck Agness – this sounds like such an exciting new chapter for you and I really can’t wait to see the new perspectives you share with the rest of us about Holland and Amsterdam – it’s actually one of the few remaining places in Western Europe that I have never been to and always wanted to visit – I keep hearing how wonderful and beautiful it is!! Enjoy every moment!

  • All the best with the move! So glad that you’re going to visit Estonia, since it’s been on your wishlist for a while.

    *Drowns in drool thinking of all the fried food and stroopwafels in the Netherlands…*

  • Having the website managed from two continents is similar to what I do…. Love it! Best of luck in Amsterdam and Europe Agness, and great to hear that Cez will keep going strong from China. Exciting times!! Can’t wait!!

  • Congrats on being accepted into the master’s program and good luck with your move! I’ve been to Amsterdam a bunch of times now and love it there! Can’t wait to read more about your new European life!

  • Congratulations on this exciting new move Agness!! I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time! Amsterdam and Holland in general is one of those places I would love to visit and have never been so I look forward to reading lots of great posts from you about it and maybe I might bump into you there one day :) Wishing you all the best in your new adventure!

  • Wow, congratulations! That looks like a wonderful program, I can’t wait to read all of your posts about Amsterdam. I’m planning a trip there this fall (late October, probably) so your trips and recommendations will be oh so helpful!

  • Good luck in Amsterdam! It’s nice to hear you are moving to the Netherlands where I’m from. It definitely needs more appreciation haha. BTW, I really recommend visiting Zeeland during your stay in Amsterdam. It is in the south of the Netherlands so it takes 2-3 hours to get here, but this is where nature, beach, farms and cute Dutch villages come together. And famous Zeeuwse Mussels, if you like seafood ;) And talking about discovering Dutch cuisine, traditional foods from Zeeland are babbelaar, bolus, zeekraal and lamsoor. And fresh seafood of course.

    • Hey Sacha, thank you so much for the info! I’ve just googled Zeeland and wow, it looks like a great place! I’ll definitely travel there soon! :)

  • Yay! Congrats on getting accepted into the program and congrats on the move! Can’t wait to read about your adventures :D

  • How exciting, Agness! I live in London and have been planning a trip back to Amsterdam (which I absolutely love) for the fall. If I do end up going, it’d be lovely to meet you if you’re around! Regardless – have fun! I’m sure Amsterdam will prove fascinating and you won’t get bored of it too fast. There’s so much culture… and so much fun to be had! :)

  • I remember you mentioning you were going back to school for your Master’s. I’m sure you’ll do great. I’m always impressed with how much work you seem to get done while also working or traveling. I think your next book should be about time management.

  • Ahhh that is awesome… you are going to live in the city where I was bron.. I know for sure that you will have an amazing time. I love everything about Amsterdam and I really miss the Dutch food.

  • Hi Agness, I’m truly so excited for you. What a wonderful opportunity you have created for yourself. A master’s degree in new media and digital culture sounds so perfect for you. I love that first photo of you in Amsterdam, because you really look happy there. I love Amsterdam myself and i look forward to your enjoy and learn more abou the city and the rest of Holland through you post. I wish you all the very best in your new chapter. Meanwhile, enjoy your time at home with your family.

  • Give me the heads up if you ever come to Strasbourg (you would love the christmas market!), I ll be happy to show you around!

    Take care and good luck to you both :-) !

  • Wow big news Agness! All the best of luck to you and I personally can’t wait to read about your continued adventures (and all the delicious food) in the Netherlands.

  • Congrats Agnes, it sounds like a great opportunity and it will be nice for you to try something new after so much time spent in Asia.

    Have a fab time and don’t miss Cez too much!

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