My trip to The Netherlands

Janice K. Johnson

I am property with tons of recollections and pics of my swift vacation to The Netherlands. It was magnificent! I felt completely comfortable and snug there, and constantly felt like I could uncover my way about when I was on my possess.

I went to stop by my pal Bonnie who lives near Haarlem, which is in a nice central place, not much from Amsterdam and Utrecht.

She’s originally from Texas so it was neat getting a different American who was interested in carrying out issues in a different way. 

Of system I was also fascinated with men and women biking and the unbelievable infrastructure that is designed to assist the use of bicycles. 

Almost every person, it seems, has a bicycle. 

I observed so several kinds of bicycles, including some incredibly attention-grabbing kinds for offering mail and foods, and types to maintain compact small children. I noticed tons of dad and mom and grandparents using about with more than one kid. They were all biking professionals!

You certainly will need to glance at the floor to see which path goes where by. Luckily issues were being generally colour coded, which would make a large amount of feeling. Cyclists constantly have the suitable of way!

I located myself hunting at the floor really frequently. There was just so much to see! Appear at this stonework. So a lot of distinct sorts in this kind of a tiny space.

This crossing in Haarlem is awesome!

The flowers were being lovely and quite reasonably priced. There had been quite a few compact outlets that experienced awesome flower arrangements, like these types of hydrangeas and roses. What magnificent colours.

I didn’t understand that so many persons converse English in The Netherlands. Most shop assistants could speak a small English if I had a issue or two. I didn’t have any complications, though after I requested a slice of pizza at a minimal store, and the teenager who assisted me acquired a small flustered with owning to converse English. He was resourceful, nevertheless. He quickly pulled out his cellular telephone and utilized Google Translate to clarify my order specifics.

Some collaging, way too!

One particular of the very best issues about my excursion was obtaining to fulfill up with a bunch of great folks from the Collective. We met at a wonderful household, hosted by my mate Petra.

There ended up all over 10 of us collected at a substantial desk, the place we talked and laughed, and shared our assignments and papers. These are some of Petra’s get the job done. Amazing!

Soon after lunch we pulled out our latest initiatives and bought active, creating and discovering from each other. 

It was these types of a wonderful environment and even while most of us had only fulfilled, we were really relaxed with every single other, it seemed to me.

More different photos

I stayed in Velserbroek, not much from Haarlem. Anything is incredibly eco-friendly. Not surprising with the quantity of rain that they get. It was raining practically the total time I was there–and I cherished it! What a change from dry California.

Town middle in Haarlem. There have been so quite a few great stores to stop in and have a search. I acquired a good deal of unfastened tea from a store termed The Artwork of Tea. It’s so nice to have tea in the early morning at home and be reminded of wherever I was.

If I could have suit a submit box like this into my suitcase, I severely would have deemed it. What a splendor! (Petra, this one particular is your neighbor’s!) 

One of my collages.

Me, in Haarlem.

❤️💜💙

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