My trip to The Netherlands

Harmony Cardenas

I am dwelling with loads of recollections and pictures of my swift excursion to The Netherlands. It was wonderful! I felt fully peaceful and comfy there, and normally felt like I could uncover my way around when I was on my have.

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

She’s originally from Texas so it was neat possessing another American who was interested in executing matters in a various way. 

Of system I was also fascinated with persons biking and the remarkable infrastructure that is constructed to assist the use of bicycles. 

Pretty much anyone, it appears, has a bicycle. 

I observed so lots of varieties of bicycles, which include some extremely fascinating ones for offering mail and meals, and ones to maintain modest youngsters. I observed lots of moms and dads and grandparents riding around with much more than 1 kid. They ended up all biking professionals!

You definitely need to seem at the ground to see which path goes the place. Luckily things ended up typically color coded, which will make a great deal of sense. Cyclists usually have the correct of way!

I identified myself seeking at the ground fairly normally. There was just so a lot to see! Search at this stonework. So a lot of distinctive sorts in this kind of a modest location.

This crossing in Haarlem is cool!

The flowers were being beautiful and very reasonably priced. There had been lots of modest stores that experienced awesome flower preparations, like these ones of hydrangeas and roses. What magnificent colors.

I didn’t notice that so quite a few men and women communicate English in The Netherlands. Most store assistants could discuss a minimal English if I experienced a issue or two. I did not have any problems, however the moment I requested a slice of pizza at a minor store, and the teenager who helped me got a very little flustered with possessing to speak English. He was resourceful, however. He promptly pulled out his cell telephone and used Google Translate to explain my get details.

Some collaging, way too!

A single of the best matters about my journey was acquiring to meet up with a bunch of amazing people from the Collective. We met at a pretty home, hosted by my friend Petra.

There were being around 10 of us collected at a substantial desk, wherever we talked and laughed, and shared our tasks and papers. These are some of Petra’s perform. Wonderful!

Right after lunch we pulled out our hottest assignments and received busy, creating and finding out from every single other. 

It was this sort of a excellent atmosphere and even while most of us had only met, we were being rather snug with each and every other, it seemed to me.

Far more several images

I stayed in Velserbroek, not much from Haarlem. Everything is really green. Not surprising with the total of rain that they get. It was raining just about the whole time I was there–and I beloved it! What a modify from dry California.

Town middle in Haarlem. There were being so a lot of interesting shops to stop in and have a appear. I bought a ton of unfastened tea from a store termed The Art of Tea. It is so awesome to have tea in the early morning at dwelling and be reminded of exactly where I was.

If I could have in shape a submit box like this into my suitcase, I very seriously would have deemed it. What a elegance! (Petra, this 1 is your neighbor’s!) 

1 of my collages.

Me, in Haarlem.

❤️💜💙

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