Blogs from Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands, Europe


Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Nijmegen July 18th 2019

Our hosts gave us coupons for the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) to get deals to travel by train. After having downloaded their app, we bought tickets to go to Nijmegen to watch some of the events going on in that city with the Vier-Daagse, which is the largest walking event in the world held here every year. The March of the World has some 48,000 participants walking 30, 40 or 50 kilometres per day for four straight days. While mostly for private entries, each NATO country sends army representatives to walk in full uniform and full pack. People dress up, sing and dance as they complete their daily walk and cross the finish line. The sidelines are packed with family, tourists like us and many other well-wishers, who also dance and applaud as they sip on ice-cold ... read more
Canadian walker.
All walks of life and ages are in this.
The whole downtown area was closed to traffic.

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Nijmegen April 22nd 2015

Day 8 - April 22 Nijmegen, Netherlands We arrived in Nijmegen at 8:30am. This is a very old city in the Netherlands dating back to the second century A.D. The German border is only 80 miles from this town which is also near Arnhem. For those that are familiar with WWII history, "Market Garden" was a major Allied offensive. The largest airborne invasion in history, thousands of parachutists landed and advanced towards a neighboring town of Arnhem. The goal was to secure the bridges near Nijmegen and Arnhem and nearby towns which were held by the Germans. The allies, in error, dropped many bombs on the town of Nijmegen destroying much of the town. They mistakenly thought it was a German town because it is close to the border. Ultimately, the allies were successful but the ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Nijmegen March 18th 2012

Yesterday went by in a blur of jetlag....but the solo flight/train trip to Nijmegen went well. I was really grateful that Sarah warned me that the train leaves the Arnhem station (ie, the station before Nijmegen) the same direction that it comes in - otherwise, I probably would have had heart failure. There's a public market in Nijmegen on Saturdays, so we explored the market and had lunch at a cafe. Sarah's been feeling a bit under the weather and i was exhausted, so we had an early night (ie, I fell asleep on the chair before 6:30 - oops). We did buy a bunch of delicious food at the market to eat for dinner - gouda, brie, focaccia bread, chocolate, macademia nuts/peanuts/cashews, and stroopwaffles (delicious waffle cookies with a syrupy goo in the middle). Today ... read more
Photogenic Gouda

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Nijmegen February 18th 2012

the last 2 days have just rushed by, and tonight I go to amsterdam and then tomorrow I'm in deboik for karnaval!! I cannot say how much the people here are very very friendly, they are very welcoming and nice Sometimes I catch myself speaking with a Dutch accent?? I took a customer out today for dinner we had at Humprhy's it was very good, I have now learned a lot about Dutch culture regarding the political system and whatnot. I very much like Nijmegen, and so far my impression of Holland is very good. I met some other international students last night will hook up with them later. It is not normal to tip in holland and when you do they make kind of a big deal about it, but I hate carrying the change, ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Nijmegen February 15th 2012

Women have a more equalized role as men here, which I believe puts some truth in the "going Dutch" saying we have. Although they don't normally "go Dutch" it's not uncommon for couples that have been together for a while to split costs, but you see that in America too. The girls aren't necessarily more forward, but they seem to enjoy flirting. They do this thing called gifting, which basically means if any girl gives you something then she is showing her interest in you. And it doesn't just have to be a drink, it could be anything. A glow stick neclace, or her scarf or something like that. The people also are very friendly, and when you meet a new friend they like to buy you a drink as sort of a 'hello'. There is ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Nijmegen February 13th 2012

How have I gone my whole life without realizing that I lovetomato soup?!? I woke up this morning with some sort of cold, I think a combination of the dry/cold air along with my still jetlagged body has caused this. I also have found out that I didn't bring enough pairs of boots. The working hours here are very short in comparison to the longer hours we work in the US, although they take a much shorter lunch. The colleagues here are very nice so far, and welcoming to me. All the stores closed today at 6pm and I didn't get back to the hotel until right before then, so I still wasn't able to go out and get a bicycle for travelling around. The hotel that NACCO booked for me is very nice - it ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Nijmegen May 10th 2010

Since I was still on my "World War II-kick," today I decided to visit the Nationaal Bevrijdingsmuseum (National Liberation Museum) in Groesbeek. I had originally thought it was an easy train ride an hour north of Maastricht; however, I was wayyyyyy off. It took me 2 hours to get to Nijmegen by train, & then I had to take a 20 minute bus to Groesbeek. Since it took me forever to get there, I decided I had better make the most of my experience there. The museum itself is pretty cool. It looks like an old bunker & one part of the building looks like a parachute. While it was a nice museum, it certainly wasn't what I had expected. The informational movies that were playing in some rooms were only in Dutch (without English subtitles) ... read more
Sherman tank
The "Orange Hotel"
Air raid shelter

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Nijmegen August 1st 2009

The Netherlands It was wonderful to arrive at an airport and have a friendly face to great you. The flight from Gatwick was uneventful and going through Dutch passport control fast despite the queues. No questions asked and I was soon out the door and enjoying a coffee with Lovice. It was about an hour and a halfs drive to reach Lovice's home in Wijchen, toward the west of the Netherlands. It was wonderful to know that I could unpack and just be in one place for a while. To eat home cooked meals and just get to see how Lovice and family lived here in the Netherlands. The first week I visited the local lake with Jeromy and saw his and Natajsha's school; went supermarket shopping and clothes shopping and got my hair cut etc. ... read more
Wall to wall, floor to ceiling, money boxes
Natasja and Jeromy at the Open Air Museum
Farmhouse at Klarenbeek

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Nijmegen May 5th 2009

With Queensday festivities officially over last Friday morning, Koert and I took a day to rest before heading back onto the party scene again. We also engaged in a little healthful activity with a bike ride through Hoge Veluwe (pronounced ho-huh velu-wa) Park, the largest nature reserve in the country, and some brain-cell-rebuilding with a cultural visit to the Kroller-Muller Museum (which lies 5.5km beyond the park gate) on Saturday. With a few clouds keeping crowds to a minimum, Koert and I felt like intrepid explorers as we rolled, nearly alone, through an ever-changing series of landscapes - from green fields to lush forests, fine-sanded desert and two-toned savanna. We returned from our adventure with bellies full of the world's creamiest, meltiest, simplest vanilla ice cream and gave our bodies one more healthy boost of soup-and-salad ... read more
Desert and Fields
Desert Dominatrix

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Nijmegen September 21st 2008

Terribly sorry to have put a hold on the blogging for the past couple days: we've been exploring our surrounding areas. I guess I'll start from the beginning. Oh jeez! The day before yesterday, the day started off much like any other, however Monty and Alysia had make-up classes. Because of this, we couldn't leave from Well to do anything until around 3 o'clock. However, we made up the time easily. We each bought dagkaarten (day passes): this time, the bus driver actually spoke English! We headed out to a little town we had passed by the day previous, called Arcen. We nicknamed it "Cute Town". Upon arriving, we realized how hungry we were. We popped into a Bakkerij, and purchased vlaai, coffee, and other such refreshments. As though we had built-in antennas, Gabe and I ... read more
At the hatshop
Kasteel Arcen
Dutch Door

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