I am home with a lot of recollections and photographs of my quick journey to The Netherlands. It was magnificent! I felt entirely relaxed and at ease there, and generally felt like I could obtain my way about when I was on my have.
I went to pay a visit to my mate Bonnie who lives around Haarlem, which is in a wonderful central place, not significantly from Amsterdam and Utrecht.
She’s initially from Texas so it was neat having another American who was interested in doing factors in a distinctive way.
Of course I was also fascinated with folks biking and the unbelievable infrastructure that is developed to support the use of bicycles.
Virtually every person, it appears, has a bicycle.
I saw so a lot of varieties of bicycles, like some incredibly appealing kinds for providing mail and foods, and ones to hold little small children. I noticed loads of mother and father and grandparents riding all around with far more than a person kid. They had been all cycling experts!
You absolutely have to have to search at the floor to see which path goes wherever. The good news is factors were frequently color coded, which helps make a good deal of perception. Cyclists always have the appropriate of way!
I found myself seeking at the floor really frequently. There was just so considerably to see! Look at this stonework. So many distinctive varieties in these kinds of a smaller spot.
This crossing in Haarlem is neat!
The bouquets have been wonderful and pretty cost-effective. There were being quite a few tiny retailers that experienced wonderful flower arrangements, like these kinds of hydrangeas and roses. What gorgeous shades.
I did not know that so a lot of people converse English in The Netherlands. Most store assistants could talk a minor English if I experienced a concern or two. I didn’t have any issues, though the moment I purchased a slice of pizza at a very little shop, and the teen who helped me bought a very little flustered with owning to speak English. He was resourceful, nevertheless. He promptly pulled out his cellular mobile phone and made use of Google Translate to explain my buy specifics.
Some collaging, far too!
One of the finest factors about my vacation was getting to fulfill up with a bunch of fantastic folks from the Collective. We satisfied at a beautiful household, hosted by my mate Petra.
There were being all-around 10 of us gathered at a large table, where by we talked and laughed, and shared our tasks and papers. These are some of Petra’s do the job. Astounding!
After lunch we pulled out our most up-to-date jobs and acquired hectic, developing and studying from every other.
It was such a good ambiance and even however most of us experienced only satisfied, we were very cozy with each individual other, it seemed to me.
A lot more various pics
I stayed in Velserbroek, not significantly from Haarlem. All the things is incredibly inexperienced. Not astonishing with the amount of rain that they get. It was raining virtually the entire time I was there–and I liked it! What a transform from dry California.
City middle in Haarlem. There were being so many great retailers to halt in and have a look. I purchased a lot of loose tea from a store called The Art of Tea. It’s so great to have tea in the morning at house and be reminded of wherever I was.
If I could have healthy a publish box like this into my suitcase, I seriously would have considered it. What a beauty! (Petra, this one particular is your neighbor’s!)
One particular of my collages.
Me, in Haarlem.