Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters in Amsterdam

I’ve finished reading A Fault in Our Stars by John Green just yesterday, and when Hazel, her mum and Augustus went to the Netherlands, I knew I had to do a post about them. Also, I hope to visit Amsterdam myself sometime in the nearest future.


First of all: light spoilers ahead. I’m not used to saying ‘spoilers’ when I’m talking about books because I’m usually talking about the classics, and show me a person who doesn’t know what happens to Anna Karenina in the end. But as Fault in our Stars is a (relatively) fresh book, I think it’s only fair to put a warning sign.

Some spoilers ahead, nothing major. I won’t reveal the ending or crucial plot twists.

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Hemingway and Milan

Let’s start with the name everybody knows, with Papa, with Ernest Miller Hemingway, and travel to Italy.


Hemingway came to Italy in 1918, during the war, as a Red Cross Volunteer. He was an ambulance driver for the Italian army—sounds familiar? That’s because the main character of A Farewell to Arms, Frederic Henry, does exactly the same.

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