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Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Delft July 1st 2016

The attraction of Delft, believe it or not, wasn't the the beautiful blue and white china. We had been a bit disappointed that Gitte's university exams happened to fall exactly at the time we were in The Netherlands, but in a sudden lightbulb moment I suggested we drive up and meet her for lunch after her last exam today. It was only a 90 minute drive so it all worked out perfectly. We were thrilled to see her and were able to hand over some Freddo Frogs that we'd carried all the way from home! Gitte was a great tour guide of her new city. I had been keen to try real Dutch pofterjes, and she had organised for us to go to a great pancake restaurant on the square in Delft where we were sure ... read more
Meeting up with Gitte, Delft.
The only tulips we saw in June!
Frank and Fred pub crawl on bikes

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Rotterdam June 25th 2016

Wheewww! What a day we had in Rotterdam, lots of walking, around 19klms, cool but very pleasant when you are walking. Decided to walk down to the main shopping area, John been the Imelda of coffee machines we purchased another travelling one, then to supermarket to grab some things. As we have been here before did not venture into Amsterdam but kept local. Remembering that much of Rotterdam was wiped out in World War II we were not expecting too much but had a terrific day. Spent some time in the central plaza were there was lots going on, entertainment with curbside restaurants. Walked through a gorgeous park, there are lots of parks and trees in Rotterdam, and whilst walking there we had all these rev heads fly past us and blow me down if they ... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Gouda June 12th 2016

When in Haarlem we had an opportunity to meet and talk with a Dutch couple who were heading out at the same time we were in the direction of Gouda (the “Gou" is pronounced like the word “how”). He told us that we should stop at a museum that was right on the canal. He explained it was an old pumping system that had been converted into a museum. He also explained that it was one of the great engineering feats of the 19th century. This worked well into our schedule because there was a highway bridge that had a very restrictive opening time farther down the line so we had a few extra hours. Less than an hour of travel time in the canal we came upon the museum, you can't miss it – it ... read more
Quite a Variety in the Types of Houses on the Way
The More "Traditional" Housing on the Water
Some of the Wildlife Seen From the Canals

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague June 10th 2016

The Hague (Den Haag) was only a 30 minute train ride from Haarlem so planned a one day trip there. We wanted to visit on the way north in 2013 but didn’t get the chance so now that we soon will be leaving the Netherlands we took the opportunity. Haarlem has an excellent art museum of work by Frans Hals, but decided not to go as our plan was to visit the Mauritshuis and the Escher Museum in The Hague. The Mauritshuis is known for its collection of the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age of Artists which would naturally include Frans Hals. The train trip to Den Haag took us through one of the agricultural areas of the country. Many had been fields of flowers that were now empty except for the greens left behind and ... read more
All "Free Space" Seems to be for Bicycle Parking
The Escher Museum
These Light Fixtures Were Specially Designed

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Delft May 25th 2016

Being back home It’s been almost three weeks since I set foot on Dutch soil for the first time in half a year and for the first time in 2016. I almost got into an accident on my first night, cause I had been awake for about 50 hours and was cycling on the wrong side of the road. But apart from that it's been really great. Life in Holland is back on track. I'm working at the Beergarden in The Hague, doing bar work and organizing events. And seeing all my family, friends, cats, neighbors and colleagues again has been really fun; but can also be a bit weird at times. Lots of people ask me how my travels have been, but how am I supposed to summarize half a year of new countries, cultures, ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Delft October 26th 2015

This is it you guys: In less than a week I'll be leaving the Netherlands for an extended period of time again! But this time around I won't be studying or going to high school. No, this time it's all about exploring new continents, cultures and creating memories to last a lifetime. For the last year I've been saving more than 600 euro a month for this trip and I've spend the last month preparing, packing and most of all: Making lists. Lists of places I want to visit, sights I want to see and things I want to bring. All of these lists were way too long, so I've had to tone them down a bit. But I think I've got them down to a decent size now ;) Also , the list of things ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague July 29th 2015

Hi Everyone, Next Saturday, I'm on my way home. This was the last weekend in Europe, so I stayed home to pack in the Hague and to visit with friends. I managed to sneak in the Escher Museum for some cool art, but otherwise it was a good chance to catch up on sleep. Cheers, Joel... read more
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Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Leiden July 1st 2015

Leiden, NL We've traveled a bit since our last blog. Our stay (2nights) in Boven-Leeuwen was super nice. Christa & Mark ran a great campground and the last night we were able to use their grill to cook steak, used their micowave for baked potatoes and had a salad. I wish that we could have all those amenities at each campground! Upon leaving, Christa gave us a small jar of homemade strawberry jam. Best campground this trip. The next campground faded by comparison. On the way there we met a gal from the states who had been living in Europe since the 90's. She had lived in France, Germany and the Netherlands. She was telling us it costs about $2000 to get a drivers license in NL. She is teaching school here. You never know who ... read more
Chuck's B-day!
Windmill
Along the bike path to Leiden

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Rotterdam June 20th 2015

Thursday 18 June: Zachary still battling his cold so another interrupted night. But we managed to get ourselves up and moving and Heather headed into Amsterdam to go to the Anne Frank House for opening time. She wasn’t the only on with this plan and the queue was about 90 minutes long which was manageable. Zachary and I stayed at the hotel for a while and then headed into Amsterdam with a plan to meet Heather about 12:30. First thing I needed to do was get a new phone as mine had finally given up the ghost. A lady at Tourist Info pointed me in the direction of an electronics store where I managed to purchase a basic Android phone for €70. With a bit of help I got it all up and running. We then ... read more
Amsterdam fashion.
Volendam Harbour.
Ship in Volendam.

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » The Hague June 3rd 2015

I arrived in The Hague late last night and met up with my roommates aunt, who is the court reporter for the final trial being held at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Last night was also the first full night sleep I got since I began travelling so it was well needed. The next morning I went to the ICTY to witness part of this final trial, the man on trial is Ratko Mladic, nicknamed the "Butcher of Bosnia," who was Chief of Staff of the Army of Republika Srpska and is accused of being responsible for the Siege of Sarajevo, the largest massacre in Europe post-WWII. The tribunal was really interesting as at the time i was there the main defence lawyer was questioning a witness, but this lawyer had quite ... read more




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