My trip to The Netherlands

David J. Holcomb

I am property with heaps of memories and photographs of my quick excursion to The Netherlands. It was great! I felt entirely relaxed and snug there, and normally felt like I could locate my way all-around when I was on my possess.

I went to go to my buddy Bonnie who lives close to Haarlem, which is in a awesome central place, not significantly from Amsterdam and Utrecht.

She’s initially from Texas so it was neat having a further American who was interested in accomplishing items in a distinct way. 

Of class I was also fascinated with persons biking and the amazing infrastructure that is constructed to help the use of bicycles. 

Nearly every person, it seems, has a bicycle. 

I observed so quite a few kinds of bicycles, such as some pretty attention-grabbing kinds for offering mail and foods, and ones to maintain small kids. I saw a lot of mom and dad and grandparents driving about with far more than 1 child. They were being all biking gurus!

You unquestionably need to have to glance at the floor to see which path goes in which. The good thing is items were normally color coded, which will make a large amount of perception. Cyclists usually have the suitable of way!

I observed myself looking at the floor very usually. There was just so a lot to see! Look at this stonework. So several distinct varieties in these a smaller region.

This crossing in Haarlem is awesome!

The bouquets have been beautiful and extremely very affordable. There have been a lot of little stores that had amazing flower arrangements, like these types of hydrangeas and roses. What attractive hues.

I didn’t know that so numerous individuals communicate English in The Netherlands. Most shop assistants could talk a little English if I experienced a dilemma or two. I did not have any problems, even though after I ordered a slice of pizza at a little shop, and the teenager who helped me got a very little flustered with obtaining to speak English. He was resourceful, even though. He swiftly pulled out his cellular telephone and employed Google Translate to make clear my order specifics.

Some collaging, much too!

Just one of the very best matters about my vacation was receiving to meet up with up with a bunch of great persons from the Collective. We satisfied at a lovely residence, hosted by my buddy Petra.

There were being all-around 10 of us collected at a substantial desk, wherever we talked and laughed, and shared our initiatives and papers. These are some of Petra’s operate. Remarkable!

Following lunch we pulled out our latest assignments and got busy, producing and studying from each individual other. 

It was these types of a wonderful environment and even though most of us had only fulfilled, we were being quite at ease with each other, it appeared to me.

Much more many pictures

I stayed in Velserbroek, not far from Haarlem. Every little thing is very eco-friendly. Not stunning with the quantity of rain that they get. It was raining pretty much the entire time I was there–and I cherished it! What a improve from dry California.

City middle in Haarlem. There have been so several amazing retailers to prevent in and have a glance. I acquired a good deal of loose tea from a store identified as The Artwork of Tea. It is so wonderful to have tea in the early morning at residence and be reminded of wherever I was.

If I could have match a post box like this into my suitcase, I seriously would have regarded as it. What a elegance! (Petra, this a single is your neighbor’s!) 

A person of my collages.

Me, in Haarlem.


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