I am residence with heaps of memories and pics of my speedy excursion to The Netherlands. It was awesome! I felt absolutely calm and relaxed there, and generally felt like I could locate my way about when I was on my very own.
I went to visit my good friend Bonnie who lives in close proximity to Haarlem, which is in a wonderful central place, not far from Amsterdam and Utrecht.
She’s at first from Texas so it was neat obtaining an additional American who was interested in carrying out issues in a different way.
Of system I was also fascinated with folks biking and the extraordinary infrastructure that is crafted to assist the use of bicycles.
Practically anyone, it looks, has a bicycle.
I observed so numerous forms of bicycles, like some quite interesting ones for providing mail and foods, and types to hold tiny kids. I saw plenty of mothers and fathers and grandparents using all-around with additional than a single youngster. They were all cycling industry experts!
You undoubtedly have to have to look at the floor to see which route goes where by. The good thing is items have been frequently shade coded, which helps make a ton of perception. Cyclists usually have the right of way!
I identified myself seeking at the ground fairly typically. There was just so substantially to see! Look at this stonework. So a lot of diverse varieties in these a little location.
This crossing in Haarlem is cool!
The flowers were gorgeous and really economical. There ended up numerous tiny outlets that experienced incredible flower preparations, like these ones of hydrangeas and roses. What attractive colours.
I didn’t notice that so several persons discuss English in The Netherlands. Most store assistants could converse a minimal English if I experienced a problem or two. I didn’t have any troubles, while the moment I ordered a slice of pizza at a minor store, and the teenager who served me obtained a small flustered with possessing to talk English. He was resourceful, even though. He swiftly pulled out his mobile mobile phone and applied Google Translate to make clear my buy specifics.
Some collaging, also!
One particular of the best issues about my vacation was finding to satisfy up with a bunch of great persons from the Collective. We satisfied at a charming dwelling, hosted by my friend Petra.
There were being close to 10 of us gathered at a substantial table, where we talked and laughed, and shared our jobs and papers. These are some of Petra’s get the job done. Incredible!
After lunch we pulled out our hottest assignments and acquired hectic, making and finding out from every single other.
It was this sort of a great ambiance and even while most of us experienced only met, we were pretty at ease with each and every other, it seemed to me.
A lot more numerous pictures
I stayed in Velserbroek, not considerably from Haarlem. Anything is extremely inexperienced. Not stunning with the volume of rain that they get. It was raining just about the overall time I was there–and I beloved it! What a transform from dry California.
City centre in Haarlem. There ended up so numerous amazing shops to halt in and have a seem. I bought a ton of free tea from a shop named The Artwork of Tea. It’s so good to have tea in the morning at house and be reminded of the place I was.
If I could have match a put up box like this into my suitcase, I critically would have considered it. What a attractiveness! (Petra, this just one is your neighbor’s!)
A person of my collages.
Me, in Haarlem.