Earlier this spring I entered a student photo contest hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s International Abroad Programs, which celebrates the best images taken by UW-Madison students who studied abroad in the past year. I submitted a photo I took in Amsterdam last Christmas and was lucky enough to be chosen for the next round. Although finalists are yet to be chosen, you can vote for my photo for ‘fan favorite’, by clicking here. The picture shows an impromptu version of the city of Amsterdam’s flag. The flag itself and the bars and crosses are ubiquitous and can be found on all types of municipal iconography. The addition of the bike adds to the authenticity of scene and speaks to the culture of biking that is not just typical of Amsterdam, but of the Netherlands as whole too.