Another great week has included class day in Amsterdam, group swim in a Dutch community pool, and great excursion to The Hague. Now the work is in the students’ hands as they prepare their individual research topics relating to the Dutch body into a final group ethnography to be presented tomorrow afternoon. From there, it’s time to pack up and enjoy our final group dinner at an Indonesian restaurant where we will enjoy a traditional “rijstafel” (rice table).
The students have acclimated to life in Leiden. This week each student is narrowing their anthropological focus in preparation for the final ethnography project. Dr. Peg has created great opportunities for the students to apply some of their new tools as anthropologists: participatory observation and interviewing. Below you’ll see some photos of their cultural explorations.
We have had a wonderfully full first week in Leiden. Peg and the students spend mornings in the classroom learning about anthropology and afternoons steeped in Dutch culture.
Wednesday we took the train north of Leiden to Enkhuizen to visit the open air Zuiderzee Museum. Afterwards we headed to Amsterdam for a walking tour and group dinner at a lovely grand cafe.
Students are recording their anthropological observations in their daily journal entries. Later in the week, we visited many almshouses hidden away in the peaceful courtyards throughout Leiden. The almshouses exemplify the egalitarian aspect of Dutch culture. Along the almhouse tour, we visited the Pieterskerk (Peter’s Church) neighborhood where John Robinson and the Pilgrim Fathers lived for 12 years before setting sail on the Mayflower to find a new way of life.
- We arrived safe, sound, and a bit blurry-eyed yesterday, but we hit the ground running. After a traditional Dutch meal Sunday evening, Peg got the students learning about anthropology in today’s first class. After an introduction to Cultural Anthropology and a ‘micro-mapping’ exercise, students had a lovely tour of the city by a Dutch student. See some pics of our journey thus far.