July 25, 2024


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My trip to The Netherlands

My trip to The Netherlands

I am home with heaps of recollections and shots of my swift journey to The Netherlands. It was wonderful! I felt entirely comfortable and comfy there, and normally felt like I could find my way close to when I was on my have.

I went to pay a visit to my good friend Bonnie who lives near Haarlem, which is in a awesome central site, not far from Amsterdam and Utrecht.

She’s at first from Texas so it was neat getting one more American who was interested in performing matters in a distinctive way. 

Of program I was also fascinated with people today biking and the unbelievable infrastructure that is built to support the use of bicycles. 

Pretty much absolutely everyone, it looks, has a bicycle. 

I saw so lots of kinds of bicycles, like some pretty exciting kinds for providing mail and food stuff, and types to keep compact young children. I noticed tons of parents and grandparents riding all over with far more than one baby. They ended up all cycling authorities!

You certainly want to seem at the floor to see which path goes wherever. Luckily for us items had been typically color coded, which would make a whole lot of feeling. Cyclists generally have the appropriate of way!

I observed myself seeking at the ground really generally. There was just so significantly to see! Search at this stonework. So a lot of diverse forms in these types of a tiny region.

This crossing in Haarlem is neat!

The flowers had been stunning and extremely reasonably priced. There were lots of modest retailers that experienced incredible flower arrangements, like these kinds of hydrangeas and roses. What stunning colors.

I did not comprehend that so numerous men and women communicate English in The Netherlands. Most store assistants could talk a small English if I had a issue or two. I didn’t have any difficulties, however once I ordered a slice of pizza at a very little shop, and the teenager who served me bought a tiny flustered with obtaining to talk English. He was resourceful, even though. He speedily pulled out his cell telephone and used Google Translate to clarify my get specifics.

Some collaging, far too!

A single of the greatest things about my excursion was acquiring to fulfill up with a bunch of superb people from the Collective. We achieved at a wonderful property, hosted by my buddy Petra.

There were all around 10 of us collected at a large table, in which we talked and laughed, and shared our tasks and papers. These are some of Petra’s operate. Remarkable!

Right after lunch we pulled out our latest assignments and acquired chaotic, creating and understanding from each other. 

It was these a excellent ambiance and even while most of us had only met, we have been pretty at ease with each and every other, it seemed to me.

Extra many pics

I stayed in Velserbroek, not significantly from Haarlem. Almost everything is pretty inexperienced. Not shocking with the amount of rain that they get. It was raining pretty much the total time I was there–and I liked it! What a adjust from dry California.

Town middle in Haarlem. There were so lots of amazing shops to stop in and have a search. I bought a great deal of free tea from a store identified as The Art of Tea. It is so good to have tea in the morning at residence and be reminded of where I was.

If I could have fit a write-up box like this into my suitcase, I very seriously would have viewed as it. What a natural beauty! (Petra, this a single is your neighbor’s!) 

Just one of my collages.

Me, in Haarlem.