Anyways, you might feel that it's a big-ass luxury problem to only stress about all the fun things you have to do while being on exchange in the West Coast. You're absolutely right. There are few things I have to worry about here. I'm still surprised how quickly you get used to a new city. Directions took some time - unfortunately I don't have the same natural talent for routes as my brother - but thank god for GoogleMaps! This app saved me the first few weeks, it shows you exactly where to go, which bus to take, at what time and it brings you all the way to the bus stop. After seven weeks, I don't need it anymore to go to school (I'm not that retarded, no really) but it still comes off handy when I'm meeting friends at a bar somewhere Downtown.
Let's go the things I don't miss about the Netherlands. As the title already suggests, it's mostly the stress. Life in San Francisco feels a lot more zen. I know it's not necessarily the city itself, it's probably just the fact that I've left my busy student life in Amsterdam behind me for a while. There are a couple of reasons for the zen feeling here. The most important one is probably: more sleep. The party life here is totally different, since parties start around 10 and end at the latest around 2. Quite different from Amsterdam, where me and my roommates often got home around 4/5 in the morning, ate some tosti's, after which I slept for a couple of hours before going to work the next day. I have to say, this way of partying is a lot more healthy!