I am residence with plenty of recollections and pics of my rapid excursion to The Netherlands. It was brilliant! I felt completely comfortable and comfy there, and always felt like I could discover my way close to when I was on my individual.
I went to take a look at my mate Bonnie who lives near Haarlem, which is in a nice central place, not significantly from Amsterdam and Utrecht.
She’s initially from Texas so it was neat having one more American who was fascinated in executing factors in a different way.
Of training course I was also fascinated with people biking and the outstanding infrastructure that is developed to assist the use of bicycles.
Virtually everybody, it appears, has a bicycle.
I noticed so lots of types of bicycles, which include some pretty appealing ones for providing mail and foodstuff, and kinds to maintain compact youngsters. I saw a lot of parents and grandparents using all over with additional than 1 youngster. They had been all cycling industry experts!
You definitely want to appear at the ground to see which route goes in which. Luckily for us issues have been usually shade coded, which makes a lot of feeling. Cyclists always have the correct of way!
I observed myself wanting at the ground really frequently. There was just so considerably to see! Search at this stonework. So quite a few various varieties in these a tiny area.
This crossing in Haarlem is cool!
The bouquets ended up attractive and very affordable. There were being several modest retailers that had wonderful flower preparations, like these kinds of hydrangeas and roses. What beautiful colors.
I didn’t notice that so numerous people speak English in The Netherlands. Most shop assistants could discuss a very little English if I experienced a question or two. I did not have any issues, even though at the time I ordered a slice of pizza at a very little shop, and the teen who assisted me got a minor flustered with having to discuss English. He was resourceful, however. He swiftly pulled out his cell cellphone and utilized Google Translate to make clear my get details.
Some collaging, too!
One of the finest points about my journey was obtaining to satisfy up with a bunch of fantastic people from the Collective. We met at a lovely home, hosted by my buddy Petra.
There ended up all around 10 of us gathered at a massive table, exactly where we talked and laughed, and shared our initiatives and papers. These are some of Petra’s perform. Amazing!
After lunch we pulled out our latest jobs and bought busy, producing and finding out from each and every other.
It was these types of a excellent atmosphere and even however most of us had only achieved, we have been really at ease with each individual other, it appeared to me.
A lot more a variety of photos
I stayed in Velserbroek, not much from Haarlem. Everything is incredibly inexperienced. Not shocking with the total of rain that they get. It was raining almost the overall time I was there–and I liked it! What a modify from dry California.
City centre in Haarlem. There were being so several great outlets to end in and have a search. I purchased a whole lot of loose tea from a store called The Art of Tea. It’s so good to have tea in the early morning at home and be reminded of wherever I was.
If I could have suit a article box like this into my suitcase, I seriously would have deemed it. What a splendor! (Petra, this just one is your neighbor’s!)
A person of my collages.
Me, in Haarlem.