My trip to The Netherlands

I am residence with heaps of reminiscences and pics of my fast excursion to The Netherlands. It was wonderful! I felt entirely peaceful and cozy there, and often felt like I could obtain my way all over when I was on my have.

I went to take a look at my friend Bonnie who lives near Haarlem, which is in a great central spot, not far from Amsterdam and Utrecht.

She’s initially from Texas so it was neat acquiring one more American who was interested in executing points in a diverse way. 

Of system I was also fascinated with people biking and the incredible infrastructure that is developed to aid the use of bicycles. 

Just about anyone, it appears to be, has a bicycle. 

I observed so many forms of bicycles, which include some pretty attention-grabbing kinds for offering mail and foodstuff, and ones to hold tiny little ones. I noticed tons of mom and dad and grandparents riding all over with additional than one kid. They had been all cycling industry experts!

You certainly have to have to glance at the ground to see which route goes where by. Thankfully things ended up frequently shade coded, which will make a lot of perception. Cyclists often have the proper of way!

I discovered myself searching at the ground pretty often. There was just so considerably to see! Search at this stonework. So a lot of various forms in this sort of a little space.

This crossing in Haarlem is great!

The flowers ended up wonderful and incredibly inexpensive. There have been many tiny shops that experienced wonderful flower arrangements, like these kinds of hydrangeas and roses. What gorgeous hues.

I did not know that so lots of people speak English in The Netherlands. Most store assistants could discuss a tiny English if I had a problem or two. I did not have any difficulties, while after I ordered a slice of pizza at a little shop, and the teenager who served me received a minor flustered with getting to discuss English. He was resourceful, though. He immediately pulled out his cellular mobile phone and used Google Translate to explain my purchase details.

Some collaging, also!

1 of the best factors about my trip was receiving to meet up with up with a bunch of amazing individuals from the Collective. We fulfilled at a pretty household, hosted by my pal Petra.

There were all around 10 of us gathered at a big table, where we talked and laughed, and shared our projects and papers. These are some of Petra’s function. Remarkable!

Right after lunch we pulled out our most current assignments and acquired busy, developing and understanding from just about every other. 

It was these types of a terrific environment and even though most of us experienced only met, we were being very comfortable with just about every other, it appeared to me.

Much more several photos

I stayed in Velserbroek, not considerably from Haarlem. Every little thing is quite green. Not shocking with the amount of rain that they get. It was raining almost the overall time I was there–and I loved it! What a improve from dry California.

Town heart in Haarlem. There were so numerous awesome retailers to prevent in and have a look. I purchased a great deal of free tea from a shop termed The Artwork of Tea. It’s so good to have tea in the early morning at household and be reminded of in which I was.

If I could have in shape a article box like this into my suitcase, I seriously would have considered it. What a elegance! (Petra, this one particular is your neighbor’s!) 

One of my collages.

Me, in Haarlem.