I am home with plenty of reminiscences and photos of my brief trip to The Netherlands. It was awesome! I felt totally calm and relaxed there, and constantly felt like I could find my way close to when I was on my possess.
I went to visit my friend Bonnie who lives around Haarlem, which is in a pleasant central spot, not significantly from Amsterdam and Utrecht.
She’s at first from Texas so it was neat getting an additional American who was interested in performing factors in a various way.
Of study course I was also fascinated with men and women biking and the incredible infrastructure that is constructed to assistance the use of bicycles.
Practically every person, it seems, has a bicycle.
I observed so quite a few sorts of bicycles, like some incredibly exciting kinds for offering mail and meals, and ones to keep smaller young children. I saw heaps of parents and grandparents using around with additional than one boy or girl. They were being all biking authorities!
You absolutely will need to search at the ground to see which path goes wherever. The good thing is points were being normally colour coded, which will make a large amount of feeling. Cyclists constantly have the appropriate of way!
I located myself on the lookout at the ground really typically. There was just so a great deal to see! Appear at this stonework. So lots of distinctive forms in this sort of a modest location.
This crossing in Haarlem is neat!
The bouquets had been gorgeous and extremely cost-effective. There were many small outlets that had awesome flower arrangements, like these ones of hydrangeas and roses. What magnificent colours.
I didn’t recognize that so numerous people today communicate English in The Netherlands. Most store assistants could converse a small English if I had a problem or two. I didn’t have any challenges, however once I ordered a slice of pizza at a very little store, and the teen who aided me acquired a minimal flustered with possessing to talk English. He was resourceful, even though. He swiftly pulled out his mobile cell phone and made use of Google Translate to clarify my purchase specifics.
Some collaging, as well!
A single of the finest items about my excursion was acquiring to meet up with up with a bunch of excellent folks from the Collective. We achieved at a lovely dwelling, hosted by my close friend Petra.
There were being all-around 10 of us gathered at a huge desk, where we talked and laughed, and shared our jobs and papers. These are some of Petra’s perform. Awesome!
After lunch we pulled out our most recent initiatives and bought occupied, making and understanding from each and every other.
It was such a great environment and even however most of us experienced only met, we were really comfy with each individual other, it seemed to me.
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I stayed in Velserbroek, not far from Haarlem. Almost everything is really eco-friendly. Not stunning with the total of rain that they get. It was raining almost the full time I was there–and I liked it! What a adjust from dry California.
Metropolis middle in Haarlem. There have been so quite a few awesome outlets to prevent in and have a seem. I acquired a great deal of free tea from a store termed The Artwork of Tea. It is so nice to have tea in the early morning at household and be reminded of in which I was.
If I could have fit a submit box like this into my suitcase, I very seriously would have regarded as it. What a attractiveness! (Petra, this one is your neighbor’s!)
A person of my collages.
Me, in Haarlem.