I am house with tons of recollections and pics of my quick excursion to The Netherlands. It was amazing! I felt absolutely calm and comfy there, and normally felt like I could discover my way around when I was on my possess.

I went to take a look at my close friend Bonnie who lives near Haarlem, which is in a great central locale, not far from Amsterdam and Utrecht.

She’s initially from Texas so it was neat acquiring a further American who was intrigued in carrying out points in a diverse way. 

Of class I was also fascinated with folks biking and the unbelievable infrastructure that is created to aid the use of bicycles. 

Virtually everyone, it appears, has a bicycle. 

I observed so quite a few sorts of bicycles, such as some extremely appealing ones for delivering mail and foods, and ones to hold small youngsters. I saw lots of mom and dad and grandparents riding all over with a lot more than a single little one. They were being all biking industry experts!

You undoubtedly require to appear at the ground to see which path goes where by. The good news is items were being normally coloration coded, which helps make a large amount of perception. Cyclists normally have the ideal of way!

I discovered myself seeking at the floor rather usually. There was just so much to see! Glimpse at this stonework. So a lot of diverse styles in these kinds of a tiny location.

This crossing in Haarlem is amazing!

The bouquets have been lovely and extremely cost-effective. There were several compact shops that experienced astounding flower preparations, like these ones of hydrangeas and roses. What gorgeous colors.

I didn’t notice that so lots of folks discuss English in The Netherlands. Most shop assistants could converse a tiny English if I had a issue or two. I did not have any challenges, even though once I requested a slice of pizza at a little shop, and the teen who aided me got a minimal flustered with possessing to speak English. He was resourceful, even though. He rapidly pulled out his mobile cellphone and utilized Google Translate to explain my order specifics.

Some collaging, as well!

A single of the greatest matters about my journey was getting to meet up with a bunch of great people from the Collective. We achieved at a pretty home, hosted by my friend Petra.

There have been close to 10 of us collected at a large table, the place we talked and laughed, and shared our jobs and papers. These are some of Petra’s work. Awesome!

Just after lunch we pulled out our most recent assignments and acquired busy, producing and finding out from every single other. 

It was these kinds of a wonderful environment and even even though most of us experienced only satisfied, we were rather comfy with each individual other, it seemed to me.

Far more many shots

I stayed in Velserbroek, not much from Haarlem. Every thing is very eco-friendly. Not shocking with the volume of rain that they get. It was raining just about the full time I was there–and I liked it! What a transform from dry California.

Metropolis centre in Haarlem. There were so several cool shops to stop in and have a appear. I purchased a large amount of loose tea from a store named The Art of Tea. It’s so nice to have tea in the early morning at home and be reminded of where by I was.

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

Just one of my collages.

Me, in Haarlem.

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