I am household with a lot of recollections and photos of my fast journey to The Netherlands. It was amazing! I felt thoroughly calm and at ease there, and often felt like I could discover my way all over when I was on my individual.
I went to pay a visit to my pal Bonnie who life in close proximity to Haarlem, which is in a nice central place, not significantly from Amsterdam and Utrecht.
She’s initially from Texas so it was neat possessing another American who was interested in performing items in a different way.
Of system I was also fascinated with individuals biking and the incredible infrastructure that is created to support the use of bicycles.
Just about absolutely everyone, it appears to be, has a bicycle.
I noticed so a lot of kinds of bicycles, including some quite fascinating types for offering mail and foods, and types to hold modest little ones. I noticed heaps of mothers and fathers and grandparents using all over with a lot more than a single boy or girl. They were all biking specialists!
You unquestionably have to have to glimpse at the ground to see which route goes where by. The good thing is issues had been frequently shade coded, which can make a lot of sense. Cyclists often have the correct of way!
I located myself seeking at the floor quite frequently. There was just so a great deal to see! Look at this stonework. So several various kinds in this sort of a little place.
This crossing in Haarlem is neat!
The bouquets had been wonderful and really reasonably priced. There had been numerous little retailers that had awesome flower preparations, like these kinds of hydrangeas and roses. What attractive colours.
I didn’t comprehend that so several persons converse English in The Netherlands. Most store assistants could talk a tiny English if I had a issue or two. I did not have any troubles, even though at the time I purchased a slice of pizza at a minimal store, and the teenager who served me obtained a little flustered with acquiring to talk English. He was resourceful, however. He speedily pulled out his mobile phone and utilized Google Translate to explain my get details.
Some collaging, also!
1 of the most effective things about my excursion was receiving to satisfy up with a bunch of amazing people from the Collective. We fulfilled at a pretty house, hosted by my mate Petra.
There had been around 10 of us collected at a massive table, where we talked and laughed, and shared our jobs and papers. These are some of Petra’s operate. Remarkable!
Immediately after lunch we pulled out our most recent projects and obtained busy, creating and studying from each individual other.
It was this sort of a wonderful ambiance and even nevertheless most of us experienced only fulfilled, we were pretty snug with just about every other, it seemed to me.
More numerous pics
I stayed in Velserbroek, not much from Haarlem. Everything is very environmentally friendly. Not stunning with the sum of rain that they get. It was raining practically the full time I was there–and I beloved it! What a improve from dry California.
Town center in Haarlem. There were so several cool outlets to prevent in and have a seem. I purchased a lot of unfastened tea from a shop termed The Art of Tea. It’s so good to have tea in the early morning at household and be reminded of the place I was.
If I could have suit a submit box like this into my suitcase, I critically would have regarded it. What a magnificence! (Petra, this a single is your neighbor’s!)
1 of my collages.
Me, in Haarlem.