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

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 favorite part I won’t lie to you), traditions, culture and people’s mentality.


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 - Zagan1
Celebrating a new chapter of my life at home 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.

Wakacje - Zagan
Catching up with my favourite food in Poland

Why Holland?

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.

Dutch bike

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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Agness Walewinder
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130 thoughts on “Big Announcement: Agness Is Moving To Holland”

  1. 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:)

  2. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam

    Agness, that’s so exciting news!! I can’t wait to hear about your new life and adventures – we’ll practically (well, almost) be neighbors :)

  3. Good luck Agness! We are keeping our fingers crossed and we can’t wait to read about your new experiences :).

  4. Many kudos, Agness! Looking forward to reading about my old hometown! Hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. Good luck!

  5. 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 ;)

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. Manouk - Bunch of Backpackers

    Awesome Agness, the UvA is a great university! If you’ve settled down come visit me in Rotterdam :)? Best of luck!! Manouk

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. Awesome news! Brent and I are going to be spending a lot of time in Europe starting this autumn, so hopefully we can meet up at some point!

  12. Pedro @TravelwithPedro

    Hi Agness, you won’t believe this, but I was eyeing up this course since I saw it on the net a few weeks back! I’d love to hear how you find it.

    Good luck and success on this new chapter of your life!

  13. 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 :(.

  14. 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!

  15. Wow! Congratulations on being accepted into the course as well as the part-time job!! We are very excited for you :)

  16. That’s lovely, Agness! All the best for everything! Maybe we will catch up if I happen to visit Europe next year….:)

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