Between June 2 and June 9, 2018, I traveled to the Netherlands and Belgium to study comparative higher education. The essays here will serve as a means of documenting my travel and offering a glimpse into my life as a higher education researcher, college administrator, history professor, and doctoral student in higher education. It will be a bit different than much of the other content here on This Appalachia Life, but I hope to offer some insight into my professional life that readers do not otherwise get from my essays.