My trip to The Netherlands

I am dwelling with heaps of recollections and pictures of my fast excursion to The Netherlands. It was wonderful! I felt totally comfortable and relaxed there, and constantly felt like I could obtain my way close to when I was on my have.

I went to take a look at my friend Bonnie who life in the vicinity of Haarlem, which is in a awesome central location, not significantly from Amsterdam and Utrecht.

She’s originally from Texas so it was neat obtaining another American who was fascinated in doing matters in a unique way. 

Of training course I was also fascinated with people today biking and the extraordinary infrastructure that is developed to assist the use of bicycles. 

Nearly all people, it appears to be, has a bicycle. 

I observed so several sorts of bicycles, which includes some very fascinating types for offering mail and food, and kinds to hold tiny little ones. I noticed heaps of mom and dad and grandparents riding about with a lot more than just one youngster. They ended up all biking industry experts!

You undoubtedly need to have to appear at the ground to see which route goes where by. The good news is issues were typically shade coded, which will make a whole lot of feeling. Cyclists often have the correct of way!

I located myself wanting at the ground fairly often. There was just so substantially to see! Glimpse at this stonework. So a lot of different kinds in this kind of a small space.

This crossing in Haarlem is great!

The flowers have been beautiful and really very affordable. There had been several modest retailers that experienced incredible flower arrangements, like these kinds of hydrangeas and roses. What attractive hues.

I did not recognize that so quite a few persons converse English in The Netherlands. Most store assistants could discuss a little English if I experienced a issue or two. I did not have any complications, while at the time I ordered a slice of pizza at a tiny store, and the teen who served me obtained a minor flustered with obtaining to speak English. He was resourceful, though. He swiftly pulled out his cell mobile phone and applied Google Translate to clarify my order specifics.

Some collaging, as well!

One particular of the finest issues about my trip was getting to satisfy up with a bunch of great people today from the Collective. We achieved at a beautiful residence, hosted by my good friend Petra.

There were being all around 10 of us collected at a huge table, exactly where we talked and laughed, and shared our projects and papers. These are some of Petra’s operate. Amazing!

After lunch we pulled out our most up-to-date initiatives and obtained hectic, developing and finding out from each other. 

It was these types of a fantastic atmosphere and even although most of us experienced only achieved, we were very cozy with every single other, it seemed to me.

Far more numerous pics

I stayed in Velserbroek, not significantly from Haarlem. Almost everything is quite green. Not surprising with the sum of rain that they get. It was raining pretty much the entire time I was there–and I liked it! What a alter from dry California.

City heart in Haarlem. There have been so several great outlets to cease in and have a search. I bought a good deal of unfastened tea from a shop named The Artwork of Tea. It’s so good to have tea in the morning at home and be reminded of where I was.

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

A single of my collages.

Me, in Haarlem.

❤️💜💙

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