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Last weekend I got a chance to see another great city in Europe! I took a small break and went to Rome. My general impression about this city: it's warm and beautiful, but too chaotic for a person who prefers structure. People were nice, the food and wine were great. It was good to spend a short vacation in Rome, but I find it hard to imagine how average Italians live and work there. For a city with 3.5 million people, two metro lines are definitely not sufficient. Plus, as in NYC, nobody follows the traffic rules: you basically cross the street whenever you feel it is safe.
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Get ready because this post is all about excel and may be too exciting for some to handle! Most MBA students can barely contain their excitement for the software (though calling something as critical as food or water a ‘software’ seems unjust). The exhilarating rush felt when the opportunity to open a new workbook presents itself is a sensation mirrored by only a few other activities like skydiving, rock climbing or luging.
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On Tuesday, our team was joined by Kurt Roush for a night out to dinner, minus Oxana who wasn’t feeling well.  Instead of going to a pub or a fancy restaurant, Kurt had the great idea to use a website called EatWith in order to get a truly Dutch eating experience.  Nobody on our team was familiar with EatWith. After some digging, we found out that EatWith is just like Airbnb.  However, instead of renting out other peoples' homes or apartments, you pay them to cook a meal for you.
As a passionate traveler, I have always enjoyed waking up in a new city and going out to explore what the city has to offer. For me, there is no better way to discover a new place than walking among the locals, eating their same food, and trying to adopt the same lifestyle.  So, that’s what we've done. We wake up to local coffee and a small breakfast, and take the bus to the office. Lunch is typically bread, ham, and cheese. Bread, ham, and cheese are probably a safe bet for any meal, actually.
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On a perfect day in Amsterdam, the wind softly blows carrying a light snowfall of petals lazily toward the canals as the sound of bicycle bells chirp away throughout the streets. Sidewalk cafes are filled with friends and couples quietly chatting while sipping prosecco and snacking on bread and olives.